Archives of Prevention and Chronic Care Program Announcements

2010-2011

 

2011 Announcements

12/29/11 Brief and White Paper From AHRQ: Improving PCMH Evidence and Evaluations

12/14/11 AHRQ Research Strengthens HHS Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions

12/02/11 AHRQ Funding Opportunity Announcement: Research Centers in Primary Care Practice-Based Research and Learning

11/17/11 Facts and Stats Series: Size and Capacity of the U.S. Primary Care Workforce

10/28/11 AHRQ Awards to Create Clinical Preventive Services Research Centers

9/28/11 AHRQ Makes Grant Awards for the Redesign and Transformation of Primary Care Practice

8/11/11 Two Open Job Postings in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships

7/07/11 New Grant Announcement on Tobacco and Low SES Women

6/07/11 New Brief Outlines Strategies to Put Patients at the Center of Primary Care

4/01/11 Call for Papers on Integrating Primary Care and Public Health

3/31/11 AHRQ's Electronic Preventive Services Selector Tool: Feedback Requested

3/23/11 AHRQ Funding Opportunity Announcement: Centers for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services

1/03/11 Surgeon General Invites Public Comments on Draft National Prevention Strategy

2011 Announcement Details

 

12/29/11 Brief and White Paper From AHRQ: Improving PCMH Evidence and Evaluations

AHRQ has produced a decisionmaker brief and white paper that offer suggestions on how to improve the quality of current PCMH evidence and evaluations.

The decisionmaker brief “Improving Evaluations of the Medical Home” offers a concise description for decisionmakers of why and how to commission effective evaluations of medical home demonstrations. It provides insights into what outcomes to assess, why to include control practices, and why not accounting for clustering can doom an evaluation.

The white paper “Building the Evidence Base for the Medical Home: What Sample and Sample Size Do Studies Need?” provides information about how to determine the effect sizes a given study can expect to detect, identifies the number of patients and practices required to detect policy-relevant, achievable effects, and demonstrates how evaluators can select the outcomes and types of patients included in analyses to improve a study's ability to detect true effects.

Both resources can be found on AHRQ's PCMH Web site, www.pcmh.ahrq.gov, or visit:

Other white papers and decisionmaker briefs available on the Web site address topics such as care coordination, the medical neighborhood, health information technology, and patient engagement. Upcoming resources include a review of the current evidence on the medical home and a “how-to” guide for organizations, which provide practice facilitation support for primary care transformation. Additionally, the Web site contains a searchable database of approximately 1,000 articles relating to the PCMH that is updated several times a year.

Please share both resources with colleagues, and have them visit www.pcmh.ahrq.gov for similar products.

 

12/14/11 AHRQ Research Strengthens HHS Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions

This month marks the first anniversary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) release of its “Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions,” a national roadmap for improving the health status of persons with multiple chronic conditions. In conjunction with this anniversary, AHRQ will publish early in 2012 a summary of the goals and outcomes of AHRQ's portfolio in this area. Launched in 2008, “Optimizing Prevention and Health Care Management for the Complex Patient” funds 18 exploratory and developmental grants.

It has been estimated that more than a quarter of all Americans—and two out of three older Americans—have multiple chronic conditions, including physical and behavioral health problems. As the U.S. population ages, the number of people living with multiple chronic conditions continues to grow. Treatment for these complex patients accounts for an estimated 66% of the nation's health care expenditures. Meanwhile, health research continues to focus primarily on single conditions, and most health care guidelines focus on the simplest cases (for example, anticoagulation in a patient with uncomplicated atrial fibrillation). Most preventive services recommendations target healthy patients and lack guidance on the timing and appropriateness of services for patients with multiple chronic conditions. This combination of factors is widening the gap between the size of the multiple chronic conditions population and the availability of evidence-based prevention and treatment approaches to serve them.

Patients and health care providers alike are burdened by this situation. The interactions of diseases make it difficult for providers to offer the best possible care for complex patients. These patients may end up with unnecessarily complicated medical regimens and be at increased risk for the harms of treatment or preventive services and less likely than healthy individuals to benefit from them.

The AHRQ grants aim to improve understanding about:

  • Which interventions provide the greatest benefit to patients with multiple conditions
  • How the safety and effectiveness of specific interventions may be affected by comorbid conditions
  • How interventions may need to be modified for specific patient populations

The findings from these grants will help clinicians (particularly in primary care) better integrate care for patients with multiple chronic conditions, help patients make more informed health care decisions, and help policymakers identify better ways to measure and promote quality care for these complex patients.

AHRQ's efforts directly help to implement a key goal of the HHS Strategic Framework: to increase clinical, community, and patient-centered health research. The Strategic Framework and related efforts already are making significant differences at the level of individuals with multiple chronic conditions and their families—lives are being changed positively and, at the same time, HHS is optimistic about how this approach will help in reducing the enormous costs, both personal and financial, that are caused by multiple chronic conditions.

For more information on the HHS Strategic Framework, visit http://www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/mcc/mcc_framework.pdf.

For a full inventory of HHS programs, activities, and initiatives on improving the health of individuals with multiple chronic conditions, visit http://www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/mcc/mcc-inventory-20111018.pdf.


Partners' Call: HHS Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions

TODAY
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 1:00 p.m., EST

Please join HHS officials from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Administration on Aging, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to mark the 1-year anniversary of the HHS Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions and hear about new data, programmatic results, and important developments in this area.

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 1:00–2:00 p.m., EST

Where: Dial-in Number: 1-888-831-8963 (Participant Passcode: 8067263)


Also Coming in 2012 on Complex Care Patients

On Thursday, January 19, from 12:00–1:00 p.m., AHRQ's Prevention/Care Management Portfolio will present a Web seminar on “Coordinating Care for Adults With Complex Care Needs in the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Challenges and Solutions.” The seminar will be introduced by Dr. Tess Miller, who leads the Prevention/Care Management Portfolio. The presenter is Dr. Eugene Rich, Senior Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. A question and answer session will be moderated by Dr. Michael Parchman, Director of the Practice-based Research Networks Initiative and Senior Advisor for Primary Care at AHRQ.

 

12/2/11 AHRQ Funding Opportunity Announcement: Research Centers in Primary Care Practice-Based Research and Learning

AHRQ has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) soliciting Center Core grant (P30) applications from organizations with a demonstrated track record of success in conducting research in primary care practice-based research networks (PBRNs). Each Research Center will have at least 120 primary care member practices organized around shared resources and research infrastructure. These Centers will foster a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment. AHRQ is particularly interested in supporting Center infrastructure that will accelerate both the generation of new knowledge and a community of learning for primary care practices to improve quality, patient safety, and effectiveness of care. AHRQ intends to publish future “rapid-cycle” FOAs describing research projects that will be limited to funded Centers because of the cohesive infrastructure required to respond to these rapid-cycle funding opportunities.

Essential Information:

  • Request for Application (RFA) Number: RFA-HS-12-002.
  • Eligible Applicants:
    • Public or nonprofit private institutions (i.e., university, college, or faith-based or community-based organizations).
    • Units of local or State government.
    • Eligible agencies of the Federal government.
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments and designated Organizations.
  • Funds Available: $600,000 total cost in FY2012 to support up to five awards. AHRQ plans to commit up to $3,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Budget: $120,000 annually for each year of project period.
  • Project Period: 5 years.

Key Dates:

  • Release Date: November 28, 2011.
  • Technical Assistance Call: December 20, 2011.
  • Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): January 6, 2012.
  • Application Receipt Date(s): January 26, 2012.
  • Peer Review Date(s): Approximately 3 months after receipt date.
  • Earliest Anticipated Start Date: Approximately 3 to 4 months after peer review.

For more information on this FOA, please use the following link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HS-12-002.html.

 

11/17/11 Facts and Stats Series: Size and Capacity of the U.S. Primary Care Workforce

To further inform policy discussions around the U.S. primary care workforce, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ's) Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships has released the first two in a series of fact sheets to provide health care policy and decisionmakers with information on:

  • The primary care workforce in place currently in the United States.
  • Its capacity to care for the current U.S. population.
  • Needed growth in this workforce to accommodate population changes and expanded health insurance coverage.

The two fact sheets available now are:

  • “The Number of Practicing Primary Care Physicians in the United States,” which reports that, of the 624,434 physicians in the United States who spend the majority of their time in direct patient care, slightly less than one third are specialists in primary care.
  • “The Number of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Practicing Primary Care in the United States,” which estimates that in 2010, approximately 56,000 nurse practitioners and 30,000 physician assistants were practicing primary care in the United States.

AHRQ commissioned the Robert Graham Center—a nonpartisan primary care policy and analysis organization—to conduct a comprehensive primary care workforce analysis that includes secondary analyses of several workforce, population, and health outcome data sources.

During the coming months, AHRQ will release additional Primary Care Workforce Fact Sheets examining topics such as:

  • The distribution of the U.S. primary care workforce.
  • Patient panel sizes in primary care.
  • Primary care workforce needs due to changes in population growth, demographics, and other factors.

To view and bookmark the U.S. Primary Care Workforce Facts and Stats Series, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/factsheets/primary/pcworkforce/.

 

10/28/11 AHRQ Awards to Create Clinical Preventive Services Research Centers

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded three 3-year grants totaling $4.5 million to support research in three centers that will focus on improving clinical preventive services and practices such as screening, counseling, and use of preventive medications for patients. The project will be led by three universities and includes a separate award for coordination and evaluation of the research.

The innovation for these centers is made possible through the Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of the Affordable Care Act, and is designed to expand and sustain the necessary capacity to prevent disease, detect it early, and manage conditions before they become severe. States and communities are also funded to acquire the resources they need to promote healthy living. Through this initiative, the National Prevention Strategy was established to bring together leaders across the government to establish priorities for the new frontiers of knowledge and implementation of preventive health.

Consistent with the National Prevention Strategy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ planned a significant research effort to establish the Research Centers for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services that are located in Chicago, Chapel Hill, NC, and Aurora, CO. The centers will serve to advance the national research agenda in clinical preventive services in three specific areas:

  • Health equity – to learn more about how to reduce disparities in the use of clinical preventives services.
  • Patient safety – to better understanding of risks and harms associated with clinical preventives services.
  • Health systems implementation – to study how primary care practices, public health resources, and the larger health care system can improve the delivery of evidence-based clinical preventive services.

“We know that preventing disease is the key to improving the health of all Americans, but we also know that there are some very serious gaps in clinical preventive services research,” said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. “AHRQ's investment in these new research centers will help us find ways to enhance the quality of clinical preventive services.”

Each center will conduct research projects during the 3-year grant, including pilot and exploratory projects affecting children, the elderly, minorities, those with disabilities, and those who receive health care in rural and inner city settings.

The centers will be located at the following institutions:

  • Northwestern University, Chicago – Award: $1.4 million. The Center for Advancing Equity in Clinical Preventive Services will develop and test interventions to achieve equity in clinical preventive services by focusing on health literacy, health communication, quality improvement methods, and health information technology.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Award: $1.5 million. The UNC Research Center for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services will focus on research to improve patient safety and reduce potential harms to patients by improving the appropriate use of clinical preventive services in primary health care practices.
  • University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus – Award: $1.5 million. The Center for Excellence in Research in Implementation Science and Prevention will involve primary care and public health experts to conduct research on how to increase use of preventive health services within primary health care settings while meeting national public health goals.

In addition, Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA, has received an award to help coordinate and evaluate the research being conducted at the three centers. More information about AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships is available at http://www.ahrq.gov/cpi/centers/cp3/index.html.

 

9/28/11 AHRQ Makes Grant Awards for the Redesign and Transformation of Primary Care Practice

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) believes that a robust primary care system is the foundation for an American health care system that delivers high-quality, affordable health care to all Americans.

In September 2011, AHRQ awarded four cooperative grants in response to a Request for Applications entitled “Infrastructure for Maintaining Primary Care Transformation (IMPaCT) — Support for Models of Multi-sector, State-level Excellence. ”The purpose of these grants is to support model State-level initiatives using primary care extension agents in small- and medium-sized independent primary care practices to assist with primary care redesign and transformation. These IMPaCT grants are targeted to support four successful, established programs that will serve as models to others:

  • HEROs: New Mexico's Health Extension as a Model for Primary Care Transformation (Principal Investigator, Arthur Kaufman, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center)
  • North Carolina IMPaCT: Advancing and Spreading Primary Care Transformation (Principal Investigator, Darren DeWalt, University of North Carolina)
  • PA SPREAD: Pennsylvania Spreading Primary Care Enhanced Delivery Infrastructure (Principal Investigator, Robert Gabbay, Pennsylvania State University Hershey College of Medicine)
  • Primary Care Extension in Oklahoma: An Evidence-Based Approach to Dissemination and Implementation (Principal Investigator, James Mold, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)

“AHRQ's investment in the IMPaCT initiative is a first step toward building our capacity to provide a quality infrastructure that supports primary care practices in delivering high-quality, affordable, patient-centered care,” said David Meyers, M.D., Director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, where management for each project is organized. “These states represent national models and we are excited to be able to help them expand their efforts to more practices and to share their experience with the nation.”

Through its support of experienced State-level programs, and by requiring rigorous evaluation, these projects will provide AHRQ with multiple examples of how a national primary care health extension program could be built.

“Through this cooperative grant program, AHRQ will encourage program synthesis across the four grantees, with an emphasis on both sustainability and dissemination of lessons learned about primary care practice support,” said Michael Parchman, M.D., IMPaCT Project Officer. “The program is designed with a vigorous infrastructure: each of the four grantees will create State-level collaborations with three other States to assist them with their State-level primary care transformation effort. Thus, each project has the potential to serve as a model for future federal and State initiatives.”

Additionally, this funding is intended to further the expansion of existing programs, allowing primary care practices and the communities they serve to benefit immediately.

 

8/11/11 Two Open Job Postings in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships (CP3) has two open job postings. Both positions support the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Questions regarding either position should be directed to Tess Miller (Therese.Miller@AHRQ.hhs.gov) or David Meyers (David.Meyers@AHRQ.hhs.gov).

  1. Associate Scientific Director of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) (GS-0602-15): The Associate Scientific Director of the USPSTF will coordinate closely with the Scientific Director to ensure that AHRQ provides the highest quality scientific, technical, and administrative support to the independent USPSTF.
  2. Medical Officer to Support the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (GS-0602-14): The Medical Officer will provide logistic and scientific support to the USPSTF.

To apply for the Associate Scientific Director position, select http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=101359992&JobTitle=Medical+Officer%2c+GS-0602-15&q=AHRQ&where=&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&x=63&y=13&AVSDM=2011-08-02+08%3a43%3a00 here.

To apply for the Medical Officer position, select http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=101347301&JobTitle=Medical+Officer%2c+GS-0602-14&q=AHRQ&where=&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&x=63&y=13&AVSDM=2011-08-02+00%3a03%3a00 here.

For more information about CP3, visit http://www.ahrq.gov/cpi/centers/cp3/index.html.

 

7/7/11 New Grant Announcement on Tobacco and Low SES Women

A new grant announcement for an Office on Women's Health tobacco cessation and prevention program has been posted onto Grantsolutions.gov and Grants.gov. Two awards will be funded over a 2-year period, beginning in September 2011, to conduct activity that will help identify successful models to increase quit attempts and provide comprehensive, culturally and linguistically appropriate tobacco prevention and cessation services for low socio-economic status (SES) women of childbearing age, based on the “Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence.” Program-specific information on this announcement is provided below. Organizations interested in implementing a tobacco cessation and prevention program for low SES women are encouraged to apply.

Details:
Program Name: Sustainable Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Clinical Program for Low Socio-Economic Status Women of Childbearing Age

Due Date for Response: Friday, July 15, 2011

Catalogue for Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No. 93088 — Grants.gov

 

6/7/11 New Brief Outlines Strategies to Put Patients at the Center of Primary Care

A new brief from AHRQ, The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Strategies to Put Patients at the Center of Primary Care, highlights opportunities to improve patient engagement in primary care. The brief focuses on involvement at three levels: the engagement of patients and families in their own care, in quality improvement activities in the primary care practice, and in the development and implementation of policy and research related to the patient-centered medical home (PCMH).

Strategies to Put Patients at the Center of Primary Care provides a clear and concise definition of the patient-centered medical home and outlines 6 strategies that can be used to support primary care practices in their efforts to engage patients and families.

This brief and other resources, including white papers and a searchable database of PCMH-related articles, is available from AHRQ's online PCMH Resource Center at www.pcmh.ahrq.gov.

 

4/1/11 Call for Papers on Integrating Primary Care and Public Health

AHRQ is pleased to announce that we are co-sponsoring with HRSA, CDC, and the NIH a special journal supplement on primary care and public health.

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) and American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) will publish a joint theme issue that addresses the question: “How do we improve population health and promote health equity through the effective integration of primary care and public health?”

Papers are invited in the following areas:

  • Science—What factors promote integration? How has integration measurably impacted population health and health equity?
  • Education—How can integration be promoted during professional training and practice?
  • Practice—What are promising practices for integration? What are incentives and disincentives to integration?
  • Policy—What policies are effective in promoting integration? What are opportunities to promote integration in the Affordable Care Act?

Primary care is the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community (Institute of Medicine. Primary Care: America's Health in a New Era. 1996).

Public health is an organized activity of society to promote, protect, improve, and, when necessary, restore the health of individuals, specified groups, or the entire population (Last JM. A Dictionary of Public Health. 2006).

We encourage submissions coauthored by professionals in both fields, and we encourage authors to consider the following manuscript categories: Research and Practice, Briefs, Systematic Reviews, Current Issues, Analytic Essays, and Framing Health Matters.

All manuscripts will undergo the standard peer review process by AJPH and AJPM editors and peer referees as defined by AJPH and AJPM policy.

Manuscripts are due to AJPH on August 1, 2011 and should be submitted at http://ajph.edmgr.com.

For further information, please contact the guest editors at AJPH-AJPMPapers@hrsa.gov.

Guest Editors: Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health; Kaytura Felix, MD, Health Resources and Services Administration; Denise Koo, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Therese Miller, DrPH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

 

3/31/11 AHRQ's Electronic Preventive Services Selector Tool: Feedback Requested

AHRQ is interested in your feedback about how the ePSS (electronic Preventive Services Selector) could be improved in format and functionality. We are also interested in your input regarding content that could be added to facilitate implementation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations.

Experienced and novice users of the Web-based ePSS are currently being asked to participate in an online survey conducted by ForeSee Results, Inc. A survey will be conducted in the near future with ePSS users who download it to their mobile devices.

Your input is very important to us. We hope that you will access the Web-based version of the ePSS at http://epss.ahrq.gov/ePSS/index.jsp, use the selector, participate in the survey (it will appear after 2 or 3 page clicks), and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

AHRQ's ePSS is a quick, hands-on tool designed to help primary care clinicians identify and offer the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients based on the current, evidence-based recommendations of the USPSTF. The ePSS can be searched by specific patient characteristics, such as age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors and is available both as a Web-based selector and as a downloadable PDA application.

 

3/23/11 AHRQ Funding Opportunity Announcement: Centers for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services

AHRQ has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled Research Centers for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Service (P01) to foster innovative, synergistic, and targeted research on clinical preventive services. The FOA solicits applications from eligible organizations to become a Research Center for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services with a focus on one of three programmatic areas: 1) patient safety, 2) health equity, or 3) health care system implementation.

Essential Information:

  • Request for Application (RFA) Number: RFA-HS-11-005
  • Eligible Applicants:
    • Public or non-profit private institutions (i.e., university, college, or faith-based or community-based organizations)
    • Units of local or State government
    • Eligible agencies of the Federal government
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments and designated Organizations.
  • Funds Available: $4.5 million in FY2011 to fund three Centers
  • Budget: $1,500,000 annually for each year of project period
  • Project Period: 3 years

Key Dates:

  • Release Date: March 11, 2011
  • Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): April 29, 2011
  • Application Receipt Date(s): May 23, 2011
  • Peer Review Date(s): Approximately 2 months after receipt date
  • Earliest Anticipated Start Date: Approximately 2 months after peer review date

For more information on this FOA, please use the following link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HS-11-005.html.

 

1/3/11 Surgeon General Invites Public Comments on Draft National Prevention Strategy

AHRQ's Prevention and Chronic Care team is pleased to be able to share this invitation from the U.S. Surgeon General to provide public comment on the draft recommendations for the National Prevention Strategy.

The National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council) was created by the Affordable Care Act and is in the process of developing a first-ever National Prevention Strategy. To learn more about the Council, visit http://www.healthcare.gov/nationalpreventioncouncil .

Draft Recommendations (PDF File), which are overarching priorities with a focus on communities, have been posted online for public comment at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/reports/nphps.html. Comments will be accepted until January 13, 2011.

Together we can work towards building a healthy and fit nation.

 

2010 Announcements

3/01/10 Public Comment on Key Questions of the Evidence: Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease in Adults
4/02/10 Public Comment on Methodology: Identifying Research Priorities for Clinical Preventive Services
4/15/10 Introducing the myhealthfinder Widget
4/26/10 Public Comment on Key Questions of the Evidence: Screening and Treatment of Glaucoma
6/16/10 Get Dad to the Doc
7/19/10 Introducing the electronic Preventive Services Selector Widget
7/22/10 Patient Centered Medical Home Website Launched
8/05/10 Solicitation of New Topic Nominations for USPSTF
8/27/10 NGC and NQMC Have a New Look!
8/31/10 Solicitation of Nominations for USPSTF Members
11/03/10 New AHRQ Website Shows Men How to Stay Healthy
12/16/10 Public Comment on Key Questions of the Evidence: Screening, Counseling, and Interventions to Reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Announcement Details

 

3/1/10 Public Comment on Key Questions of the Evidence: Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease in Adults

Through a partnership with the Effective Health Care Program, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is offering an opportunity for public comment on the key questions of the evidence on Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease. To provide comments, go to http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/research-available-for-comment/comment-key-questions/?pageaction=displayquestions&topicid=163&questionset=113 and select "Comparative Effectiveness Screening, Monitoring, and Treatment of Early Chronic Kidney Disease in Adults."

As the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force works to increase the transparency of its methods and processes, additional opportunities for public comment will be available. Information about these opportunities will be posted on http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/. 

4/2/10 Public Comment on Methodology: Identifying Research Priorities for Clinical Preventive Services

In the interest of encouraging research on topics that have critical evidence gaps and for which the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a statement of ”insufficient evidence” (known as an “I Statement”), the Task Force and AHRQ are working together to establish priorities for research in the area of clinical preventive services. A working group has recently established draft methods for this process, and AHRQ is now offering an opportunity for public comment on the draft methodology. To provide comments, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm and follow the directions for submitting comments. The public comment period is open until May 14, 2010.

Additional information about the evidence-based recommendations of the Task Force and AHRQ's work to improve the delivery of effective clinical preventive services is available at: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org. 

4/15/10 Introducing the myhealthfinder Widget

Provide your visitors with free personalized health and wellness information at the click of a button. healthfinder.gov recently launched the myhealthfinder widget. The widget provides screening and prevention recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force based on age, sex, and pregnancy status.

healthfinder.gov also features the Be Active Your Way widget, an interactive quiz that provides physical activity tips and recommendations.

A widget is an online tool that can be easily added to any Web site or blog. Just add the widget to your site, and content will be automatically updated. It's easy, fun, and can be used over and over again.

View both widgets at www.healthfinder.gov/widgets.

healthfinder.gov is a Federal Government Web site offering trusted prevention and wellness resources for consumers. The site features actionable health information and tools presented in an easy-to-use format.

 

4/26/10 Public Comment on Key Questions of the Evidence: Screening and Treatment of Glaucoma

Through a partnership with the Effective Health Care Program, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is offering an opportunity for public comment on the key questions of the evidence on Screening and Treatment of Glaucoma. To provide comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm and select "Comparative Effectiveness of Screening for Glaucoma" or "Comparative Effectiveness of Treatment for Glaucoma."

As the USPSTF works to increase the transparency of its methods and processes, additional opportunities for public comment will be available. Information about these opportunities will be posted on http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/.

 

6/16/10 Get Dad to the Doc

Tell dad you want him to be there for his family now and in the future. Send an e-card to remind him (and all the men in your life) to go to the doctor to get the preventive medical tests he needs now so he'll be there for you later. Visit: http://www.dadtothedoc.org/.

 

7/19/10 Introducing the electronic Preventive Services Selector Widget

Access recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) at the click of a button—introducing the electronic Preventive Services Selector Widget!

The electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) is an application designed to help primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. The ePSS widget provides easy and free access to these clinical preventive service recommendations from the USPSTF.

A widget is an online tool that can be easily added to any website or blog. Embedding a short amount of web-based code will add the widget to your site and content will be automatically updated. It's easy, fun, and can be used over and over again!

You can find out more about the evidence-based recommendations of the USPSTF at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org and www.epss.ahrq.gov.

 

7/22/10 Patient Centered Medical Home Website Launched

AHRQ announces the launch of a new website devoted to providing objective information to policymakers and researchers on the medical home, www.pcmh.ahrq.gov. The site provides users with searchable access to a rich database of publications and other resources on the medical home and exclusive access to the following AHRQ-funded white papers focused on critical medical home issues:

Necessary But Not Sufficient: The HITECH Act and Health Information Technology's Potential to Build Medical Homes PDF file (PDF Version, 236 KB)
Examining the potential of health IT to support the transformation by primary care practices to the PCMH model, this white paper looks at how the HITECH Act and health reform legislation supports the PCMH model and offers policy recommendations on increasing the ability of health IT to contribute to it.

Engaging Patients and Families in the Medical Home PDF file (PDF Version, 517 KB)
Presenting a framework for engaging patients and families in the medical home, this white paper offers policymakers and researchers insights into opportunities for engagement, examples of existing efforts, and key lessons for future efforts.

Integrating Mental Health Treatment Into the Patient Centered Medical Home PDF file (PDF Version, 175 KB)
Examining the conceptual similarities in and differences between the PCMH and current strategies used to deliver mental health treatment in primary care, this white paper presents programmatic and policy actions needed to facilitate the integration of high-quality mental health treatment within a PCMH.

 

8/5/10 Solicitation of New Topic Nominations for USPSTF

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites individuals and organizations to nominate primary and secondary prevention topics pertaining to clinical preventive services that they would like the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to consider for review. For complete information and directions, please review the Federal Registry Notice at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-19117.pdf.

All topics previously reviewed by the USPSTF are available on its website: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/.

 

8/27/10 NGC and NQMC Have a New Look!

The National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC) and National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) websites now offer updated design elements, a new measure summary display, enhanced searching, and easier access to all content. You may notice that some features are not yet fully functional. Please be assured that we are working to complete them. We hope you will be pleased with what you see and that the redesign will make your NGC and NQMC experience more productive and enjoyable.

NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NQMC is a public resource for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets.

Please visit the NGC website at http://www.guideline.gov/index.aspx and the NQMC website at http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov/index.aspx.

 

8/31/10 Solicitation of Nominations for USPSTF Members

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality invites nominations of individuals qualified to serve as members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The USPSTF, a standing, independent panel of non-Federal experts that makes evidence-based recommendations to the health care community and the public regarding clinical preventive services, is composed of 16 members, who are appointed to serve staggered 4-year terms. New members are selected each year to replace approximately one fourth of the USPSTF members; that is, those who are completing their appointments.

For complete information, including member duties and qualification requirements, and directions for submitting nominations, please review the Federal Register notice at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2010-08-05/html/2010-19117.htm.

 

11/3/10 New AHRQ Website Shows Men How to Stay Healthy

Healthy Men, http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/patient-involvement/healthy-men/index.html, is a new AHRQ website that helps men learn what preventive medical tests they need and when to get them. The website includes the latest recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and other diseases. It also includes information, such as when to get flu and pneumonia shots, daily healthy choices, tips on talking with the doctor during medical appointments, understanding prescriptions, finding advice and support when diagnosed with a health problem, and sources of information to help men become more knowledgeable about their health.

The website also comes with a 10-question preventive health quiz for men, a “Get Dad to the Doc” e-card, 15- and 30- second public service announcements from AHRQ and the Advertising Council's nationwide campaign, and the Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age pamphlet. Print copies of the pamphlet can be obtained by emailing ahrqpubs@ahrq.gov or calling (800) 358-9295.

 

12/16/10 Public Comment on Key Questions of the Evidence: Screening, Behavioral Counseling, and Pharmacologic Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Through a partnership with the Effective Health Care Program, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is offering an opportunity for public comment on the key questions of the evidence on screening, behavioral counseling, and pharmacologic interventions in primary care to reduce unhealthy alcohol use. To provide comments, go to http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/research-available-for-comment/ and select "Screening, Behavioral Counseling, and Pharmacologic Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use."

As the USPSTF works to increase the transparency of its methods and processes, additional opportunities for public comment will be available. Information about these opportunities will be posted on http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/index.html.

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Internet Citation: Archives of Prevention and Chronic Care Program Announcements: 2010-2011. January 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/announcements/archives.html