News and Notes
Patient-centered medical home research methods papers available
The AHRQ Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Research Methods Series is now available. The series of briefs is designed to expand the toolbox of methods used to evaluate and refine PCMH models and other health care interventions. This toolbox of novel and underused methods can equip evaluators and implementers to better assess and refine PCMH models and to meet the evidence needs of PCMH stakeholders more effectively. Each of the briefs describes a method and how PCMH researchers have used it or could do so, discusses advantages and limitations of the methods, and provides resources for researchers to learn more about the methods. The series was commissioned by AHRQ and developed with input from nationally recognized thought leaders in research methods and PCMH models.
To view the papers, select http://go.usa.gov/TzHm.
New AHRQ funding opportunity for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institutional Mentored Career Development Program
AHRQ is soliciting applications for a new multiyear, large-scale funding opportunity to support the development of scientists studying patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). PCOR seeks to integrate evidence into practice and decisionmaking in the U.S. health care system. AHRQ seeks applications from academic and applied settings, including health care delivery systems, State and local governments, health plans, and research networks that propose a mentored career development program. Such programs will maximize available research, educational and partnership resources, curriculum, and qualified research faculty as mentors. The program design also must monitor and provide well-defined policies and a structure to ensure progress for the candidate.
The deadline for applications is July 17. You can obtain more information at http://go.usa.gov/TzHT.
Free MONAHRQ® software now offers more data analysis, measures, and improved reporting
MONAHRQ, My Own Network Powered by AHRQ, is free software for creating customized Web sites for internal quality improvement or reporting quality information to the public. Created by AHRQ, the software significantly reduces the time and amount of money that an organization would otherwise need for compiling, analyzing, and posting comparison reports on quality of hospital care, its cost, and how that care is used. The latest version of MONAHRQ (4.1) enhances an organization’s ability to report on hospital care costs, provide information about hospital emergency department use, and summarize information by hospital and by county, among other improvements.
To access MONAHRQ 4.1, go to http://www.MONAHRQ.ahrq.gov.