Prevention and Chronic Care Announcement Details

This page shows the full announcements sent by the Prevention and Chronic Care Program.

2014 Announcements

 07/10/14 USPSTF Releases 2014 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released the 2014 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, an authoritative source that can help primary care clinicians and patients decide together what preventive services are right for a patient’s needs. The Guide can also be used as a teaching tool for new clinicians as they learn about clinical preventive care. The 2014 Guide includes all active Task Force evidence-based recommendations since 2004, including 28 new and updated recommendations since the 2012 version of the Guide. It also includes information about topics in development, background on the Task Force, at-a-glance clinical summary tables for ease of use, and additional resources.

Click here to view and download the Guide. If you would like to order a printed copy of the Guide, please visit the AHRQ Publications Online Store. To place a bulk order, please contact AHRQ by email (ahrqpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov) or phone (toll-free, 800-358-9295). Later this summer, the Task Force will also be releasing an e-book version of the Guide. You will receive a notification when the e-book is available, which will include instructions on how to access the e-book.

As a reminder, the Task Force also provides additional resources for primary care clinicians that include:

  • An up-to-date list of Task Force recommendations available through the A-Z Topic Index on the Task Force Web site.
  • The electronic Preventive Services Selector(ePSS), an application designed to help primary care clinicians identify clinical preventive services that are appropriate for their patients, which can be downloaded to mobile devices.

For more information about these and other Task Force resources, visit: www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

Learn more about how to improve primary care. Visit AHRQ’s Prevention & Chronic Care Program at: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/index.html.

 07/09/2014 Register Now: July 29 PBRN Webinar on Contemporary Issues in Economic Assessments of Interventions in Primary Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting a webinar Tuesday, July 29 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. ET, on contemporary issues in economic assessments of interventions in primary care. The presenters will discuss economic assessment methods including activity-based cost surveys, qualitative interviews, and Medicaid claims analysis. The presenters will give examples of how these methods have been used to assess the costs of patient-centered medical home (PCMH) activities and shared medical appointments (SMAs) or group visits. The presenters will also describe how these methods have been applied to safety net primary care settings.

Presenters will include:

  • Elbert Huang, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., Associate Professor of Medicine, The University of Chicago and Director, Center for Translational and Policy Research of Chronic Diseases
  • Robert Nocon, M.H.S., Senior Health Services Researcher, The University of Chicago
  • Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., M.P.H., Senior Scientist, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute
  • Cheryl D. Stults, Ph.D., Research Sociologist, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute
  • Colleen Payton, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., Clinical Research Specialist, Thomas Jefferson University, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Moderator: Rebecca Roper, MS, MPH, Director, Practice-Based Research Network Initiative, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. To register, select: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/317193721

 06/17/2014 2014 Stay Healthy Consumer Brochures

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released its 2014 Stay Healthy consumer brochures.

AHRQ developed these resources to help consumers understand the different preventive services available to help them learn how to stay healthy. The brochures provide information on screening tests and tips for good health and preventive care. The information in the brochures is based on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations.

There are four Stay Healthy brochures available on the AHRQ Web site:

The Stay Healthy consumer brochures are available to download and print on AHRQ’s Web site at: http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/prevention/lifestyle/index.html.

Hard copies of the brochures can be ordered by email (ahrqpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov) or phone (toll-free: 800-358-9295). Organizations can order up to 200 copies of the brochures free of charge. Additional orders for over 200 copies can be placed at a cost of $15.00 per pack of 100 copies, plus shipping.

Additional charges may apply for expedited delivery and delivery to addresses outside of the United States. Requests for bulk orders are subject to approval based on inventory levels.

 05/13/2014 May 21 Webinar for Nurse Practitioner Faculty: Tools to Facilitate Evidence-Based Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting a Webinar on May 21, from 1 – 2 p.m. ET, on integrating AHRQ’s tools for evidence-based care into Nurse Practitioner (NP) course curricula. The Webinar, developed for faculty that instruct and supervise NP students, will highlight evidence-based resources available on the AHRQ Web site, such as those from AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program and the National Guidelines Clearinghouse, discuss resources available on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Web site, including the Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) tool, and explain how these resources can be integrated into the NP and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) educational offerings.

Continuing Education (CE) credits will be available to participants at no cost. Registration is free, but space is limited. To register select: http://go.usa.gov/kPYH.

 04/14/2014 AHRQ Seeks Nomination of New Members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) welcomes nominations for new members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force). Each year, the Director of AHRQ appoints new members to serve 4-year terms and replace those who are completing their service. To learn more about the nomination process, how to nominate an individual for consideration, or how to self-nominate, please visit http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/uspstf/nominate.html. Nominations must be received by Thursday, May 15, 2014 to be considered for appointment with an anticipated start date of January 2015.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate expertise and national leadership in clinical prevention, the critical evaluation of research, and the implementation of evidence-based recommendations in clinical practice. In addition, AHRQ seeks candidates who have experience in public health, the reduction of health disparities, the application of science to health policy, and the communication of findings to health care professionals, policy makers, and the general public.

To maintain balance in the expertise among members, this year, AHRQ is actively seeking the nomination of individuals from the field of family medicine. Individuals nominated prior to May 15, 2013 who continue to have interest in serving on the Task Force should be re-nominated.

The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications. More information on the Task Force is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

AHRQ provides ongoing scientific, administrative, and dissemination support to the Task Force. To learn more about how AHRQ supports the Task Force, please visit http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/bulletins/ahrqsupportfact.pdf.

 4/10/2014 Register Now: April 29 Webinar on Harnessing Health Information Technology

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting a webinar Friday, April 29 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET, on how health IT can support the information needs of patients served by primary care teams. The presenters will highlight the perspectives of practice-based research networks (PBRNs) on using health information technology to facilitate access to care, encourage patient engagement, and improve health care quality.

Presenters will include:

  • Christopher Masi, M.D., Director, Health Services Research, NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Kenneth Anderson, D.O., Chief Medical Quality Officer, Department of Family Medicine, NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Neda Ratanawongsa, M.D., Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer, San Francisco General Hospital, and Faculty, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations
  • Sonja Likumahuwa, M.P.H., Project Manager, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Christine Nelson, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Oregon Health & Science University
  • John Wasson, M.D., Active Emeritus Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School and Associate Editor, Journal of Ambulatory Care Management

Moderator:

Rebecca Roper, MS, MPH, Director, Practice-Based Research Network Initiative, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

To register, select: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/248699233.

 3/17/2014 JACM Focuses on Health IT Accelerating Research and Practice in Primary Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is pleased to announce the release of the Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRN’s) special issue with the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management (JACM). AHRQ supports the Practice-Based Research Networks, whose purpose is to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. The current issue of JACM focuses on innovative strategies for harnessing health information technologies (health IT) to help patients and primary care teams improve care processes and outcomes. Select to access the supplement: http://journals.lww.com/ambulatorycaremanagement/pages/currenttoc.aspx.

The issue comes prior to an April 29 national webinar on the use of health information technologies to assist individuals and teams in primary care. To register for the webinar at no cost, select: http://pbrn.ahrq.gov/events.

 3/14/2014 Funding for Implementing PCOR in Primary Care Practices

The Agency for Health Care Research (AHRQ) has issued two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) aimed at increasing the use of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) in primary care practices. The first FOA will fund up to 8 regional cooperatives to assist primary care practices build capacity for the implementation of PCOR findings in clinical care. Initial efforts will support the use of PCOR findings to improve heart health. The second companion FOA solicits a robust, external evaluation of the same initiative designed to discover if and how practice support can best be used to disseminate and implement PCOR findings in primary care practice. AHRQ expects that the grants will be funded in early 2015.

Applicants must specifically work with primary care practices using a comprehensive approach that uses evidence-based quality improvement strategies, such as practice facilitation, designed to improve the capacity of primary care practices to implement new PCOR evidence into the delivery of care.

Grantees must also propose to rigorously evaluate their initiatives and agree to contribute to an overarching evaluation. AHRQ will invest up to $120 million over three years supporting up to 8 grantees, a landmark investment for the agency. A technical assistance and information conference call will be held on April 24, 2014. Letters of intent are due May 23, 2014 and applications are due July 3, 2014. This initiative was planned and developed in close coordination with agencies across the Department of Health and Human Services and is funded through the PCOR Trust Fund.

2/21/2014 Register Now: February 28 Webinar on EHR Functionality to Support Primary Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting a webinar Friday, February 28 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET, on needed Electronic Health Record (EHR) functionality to support the delivery of primary care. The expert panel will discuss the need for EHRs to move beyond documentation to interpreting and tracking information over time, supporting patient partnering activities, enabling team-based care, and allowing providers to use population-management tools to facilitate care delivery.

Presenters will include:

  • Alexander H. Krist, MD, Co-director, Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Christoph Lehmann, MD, Director, Clinical Informatics Education, Vanderbilt University
  • James Mold, MD, Director, Oklahoma Physicians Research/Resource Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Robert Phillips, Jr., MD, Vice President of Research and Policy, American Board of Family Medicine

Moderator:

  • Rebecca Roper, MS, MPH, Director, Practice-Based Research Network Initiative, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

To register, select: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/876407152.

2/20/2014 Register Now: Webinar on Upcoming Medical Care Special Issue on Multiple Chronic Conditions Research

When: Tuesday, February 25 at 3 p.m. ET, February 25

Register today and join AHRQ for a webinar featuring research findings from three AHRQ Multiple Chronic Conditions Research Network investigators:

  • Nilay Shah, PhD, the Mayo Clinic: A systematic review of existing clinical practice guidelines for patients with MCC
  • Annette Dubard, MD, MPH, Community Care of North Carolina: Use of medical homes by patients with comorbid physical and mental illness
  • Joel Cantor, ScD, Rutgers University: Fragmentation of hospital care for patients with MCC

The researchers will discuss findings to be published in a special issue of Medical Care in March: “Advancing the Field: Results from the AHRQ Multiple Chronic Conditions Research Network.” In addition, “A Day in the Life,” a short animated video about living with MCC will be shown. Register for the webinar here.

 2/05/14 2014 Appointment of New U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Members

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) announced today the addition of five experts in prevention and primary care to serve as members of the panel: Karina W. Davidson, Ph.D., M.A.Sc.; Matthew W. Gillman, M.D., S.M.; Alex R. Kemper, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.; Ann E. Kurth, Ph.D., R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H.; and Maureen G. Phipps, M.D., M.P.H. Like all members of the Task Force, these five experts have been appointed by the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, with guidance from Task Force leadership, to serve 4-year terms.

This year's appointees replace the following outgoing Task Force members who have completed their terms: Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Ph.D., M.D.; Adelita Gonzales Cantu, Ph.D., R.N.; Glenn Flores, M.D.; David C. Grossman, M.D., M.P.H.; and Wanda K. Nicholson, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. The Task Force thanks these outgoing members for their years of service and positive contributions to the Task Force's mission.

The new Task Force members bring a wide range of expertise that will help inform the Task Force and its continuing commitment to evidence-based preventive care. Dr. Davidson, a psychologist, has conducted important research in the area of behavioral, psychological, and social influences on disease. Dr. Gillman is a physician with a wealth of expertise in clinical and epidemiological research, focusing on the course of chronic disease through the lifespan and on prevention in childhood. Dr. Kemper, a pediatrician, has extensive experience in prevention and a commitment to improving health care quality through reinforced connections between primary care, specialty care, and public health. Dr. Kurth is a clinically-trained epidemiologist, nurse, and midwife with expertise in the areas of maternal and child health and behavioral epidemiology, with a global health perspective. Dr. Phipps is an obstetrician/gynecologist with expertise in improving health among vulnerable populations and in improving pregnancy outcomes. Full professional biographies for the new members are available on the Task Force Web site at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstbio.htm.

The Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services, such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medicines. More information on the Task Force is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

 1/22/2014 Register Now: February 19 Webinar on Evidence-Based Resources for APRNs

AHRQ’s Evidence-Based Resources for Advanced Practice Nurses

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in collaboration with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is hosting a webinar Wednesday, February 19, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET, on the use of evidence-based recommendations to inform clinical practice. The webinar will provide an overview of the systematic review process and introduce participants to evidence-based tools that advanced practice nurses can use in clinical decisionmaking.

To register for the webinar at no cost, select: http://ahrq.ethosce.com/content/review-how-access-and-implement-ahrqs-evidence-based-resources-inform-your-clinical-practice.

This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standard and is approved for 1 contact hour of continuing education.

 1/14/2014 New AHRQ Webinar - Implementing Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide

Implementing Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide

LIVE WEBINAR: Wednesday, January 15 – 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Presented by:

  • Richard Ricciardi, PhD, NP, FAANP, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Douglas Fernald, MA, Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the Colorado Health Outcomes Program, and the Shared Networks of Collaborative Practices and Partners

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW or navigate to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/842052801. Registration does not guarantee webinar attendance. Please join the webinar early to ensure your attendance.

Description: Health assessments are used to collect information to help primary care providers evaluate a patient’s health status and risks. The information is used to identify potentially problematic but treatable health behaviors and factors such as anxiety, alcohol use, depression, unhealthy eating, and sedentary lifestyle that patients often don’t bring up during a medical visit. However, research shows that many patients do not receive an assessment of health risks or a plan to address those risks.

During this webinar, the presenters will discuss a new evidence-based guide, released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, that was developed for primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants on how to successfully select, adopt and implement health assessments (HA) in primary care settings. The presenters will describe how this new guide, Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide for Clinicians and Staff,may be used to help clinicians decide which health assessments to use, how to integrate them into their daily workflow and how to engage patients. The presenters will also illustrate how this guide may be used to facilitate the effective implementation and use of HA in primary care. This guide is especially useful in the context of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the ACA authorizes Medicare coverage of annual wellness visits and specifies that a health risk assessment be included as part of those visits.

The health assessment guide was developed by a team of researchers led by Douglas Fernald, M.A., and David West, Ph.D., in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the Colorado Health Outcomes Program, and the Shared Networks of Collaborative Practices and Partners. The guide was pilot-tested by primary care practices in Colorado, New Jersey, Georgia and Louisiana.

Critical Reference Material:

1. Click here to access: Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide for Clinicians and Staff

2. Click here to access: Practice Facilitation Handbook: Training Modules for New Facilitators and Their Trainers.

3. Click here to access: Implementing PCMH: Practice Facilitation. This webpage includes a link to a How-To Guide on Developing and Running a Practice Facilitation Program and case studies of practice facilitation programs.

CME Credit Available: This Live activity, Implementing Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide, with a beginning date of 1/15/2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.25 Elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This webinar is brought to you by the AHRQ PBRN Resource Center. Click here to learn more about this and other PBRN events.

2013 Announcements

 12/03/2013 New Evidence-Based Guide Helps Implement Health Assessments in Primary Care Settings

AHRQ announces the release of an evidence-based guide designed to help primary care doctors, nurses and other staff successfully select, adopt and implement health assessments. Health assessments are used to collect information to help primary care providers evaluate patients’ health status and risks. The information is used to identify potentially problematic but treatable health behaviors and factors such as anxiety, alcohol use, depression, unhealthy eating and sedentary lifestyle that patients often don’t bring up during a medical visit. Research shows that many patients do not receive an assessment of health risks or a plan to address those risks. Click here to download the Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to-Guide for Clinicians and Staff.

 11/27/2013 New AHRQ Tool: Choose More Understandable and Actionable Materials

Patient educational materials, such as brochures, medical instructions, and audiovisual aids, are often complex and lack clear information about what the patient is supposed to do.

AHRQ’s Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User’s Guide provides a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials.

By selecting health materials that score better on the PEMAT, you can be more confident that people of varying levels of health literacy will be able to process and explain key messages, and identify what they can do based on the information presented.

To access the PEMAT, go to: www.ahrq.gov/pemat/.

You can find additional tools for improving health literacy at AHRQ’s website, including:

 11/19/2013 New From AHRQ: A Video and Infographic on Multiple Chronic Conditions

About one in three Americans live with multiple chronic conditions (MCC)that’s more than a quarter of all Americans—and two out of three older Americans are estimated to have at least two chronic physical or behavioral health problems. Treatment for people living with MCC currently accounts for an estimated 66 percent of the Nation's health care costs. As the U.S. population ages, the number of patients with MCC continues to grow. This mounting challenge has become a major public health issue that is linked to suboptimal health outcomes and rising health care costs. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) Multiple Chronic Conditions Research Network is pleased to present a new video and infographic about MCC.

Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Day in the Life is a short animated video that centers around the experiences of Mae, a woman living with multiple chronic conditions. Beginning at home with her family, we follow Mae as she visits one health care provider after another, struggling to keep track of the various instructions, treatments, and prescriptions she receives—all while trying to maintain a balanced life. The video provides insight into what it’s like to be one of the growing number of Americans with multiple chronic conditions.

The infographic presents key information about why research and care for people with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) is important. The data presented in the MCC infographic mainly come from a new analysis of 2010 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data conducted by Abt Associates. The full results of that analysis will be included in a forthcoming chartbook.

For more information about the AHRQ Multiple Chronic Conditions Research Network and AHRQ’s efforts to address multiple chronic conditions through evidence-based research, please visit www.ahrq.gov/mcc.

 11/08/2013 AHRQ Webinar—Practice Facilitation Handbook: A Resource for New Facilitators and Their Trainers

Practice Facilitation Handbook: A Resource for New Facilitators and Their Trainers Webinar

Friday, November 15, 2013

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., ET

Practice facilitators are specially trained to work with primary care practices to improve the quality of care, patient experiences with care, and patient outcomes. Practice facilitation programs are burgeoning, and with that growth comes the need to train facilitators in the skills and content they need to succeed. AHRQ developed the Practice Facilitation Handbook, based on a demonstration program that used facilitators in safety-net practices, to assist in training new practice facilitators. During this Webinar, Handbook co-authors Lyndee Knox and Cindy Brach will provide an orientation to practice facilitation and an overview of the Handbook and its 21 training modules. Robert McNellis will also share current AHRQ work in developing a comprehensive practice facilitation curriculum.

Speakers

Lyndee Knox, PhD, LA Net PBRN

Cindy Brach, MPP, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Robert McNellis, MPH, PA, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

CME Credit Available

This live activity, AHRQ’s Practice Facilitation Handbook: A Resource for New Facilitators and Their Trainers, with a beginning date of 11/15/2013, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.25 elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Brought to you by the AHRQ Practice-Based Resource Network (PBRN).

 10/31/2013 New: AHRQ's Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Quality Measures

Integrated primary and behavioral health care is an emerging field with the potential to improve patient care experiences, achieve better clinical outcomes, and lower health care costs. As greater numbers of primary care organizations implement integrated behavioral health services, there is a growing need to measure the extent to which integrated behavioral health care is being provided.

The 2013 Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Quality Measures (IBHC Measures Atlas) helps primary care organizations and researchers identify and assess quality measures for integrating behavioral health care. The Atlas was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care. It features nine core measures that describe specific characteristics, actions, and selected outcomes of integrated care. All measures were chosen based on criteria established by a panel of experts. New measures will be added as they become available.

Visit the AHRQ Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care portal to access the IBHC Measures Atlas at http://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/atlas.

 09/30/2013 Primary Care Research Highlighted in JABFM

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is pleased to announce the release of the Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) special issue with the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM). AHRQ supports the Practice-Based Research Network, whose purpose is to answer primary care–based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. The current issue of JABFM focuses on how PBRNs are answering pressing patient and provider questions regarding disease prevention, clinician satisfaction, contemporary practice challenges, and strategies for integrating research in primary care. Select to access the supplement: http://www.jabfm.org/content/26/5.toc.

The issue comes in time for Primary Care Week, celebrated October 7–11, 2013. Primary care includes health promotion, disease prevention, and diagnosis and treatment of health concerns. Practice-Based Research Networks facilitate research on best practices in primary care. Interested practices and health systems are encouraged to request a subscription to the PBRN listserv by contacting PBRN@abtassoc.com. PBRNs are encouraged to register with AHRQ or visit the PBRN Web site for more information.

 09/18/2013 AHRQ Webinar: Connecting Primary Care Practices With Hard-to-Reach Adolescent Populations

PBRN Webinar: Connecting Primary Care Practices With Hard-to-Reach Adolescent Populations: A Report From SNOCAP-USA

Monday, September 23, 2013, 3:00–4:30 p.m., ET

Sponsored by the AHRQ PBRN Resource Center

Presenter: David R. West, PhD, Department of Family Medicine and the Colorado Health Outcomes Program, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver

Moderator: Iris R. Mabry-Hernandez, MD, MPH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Summary of Webinar

Adolescent preventive health care is a critical medical priority in the United States. Adolescents (11–17 years of age) constitute 17% of the U.S. population, but they are responsible for only 7% of medical office visits. Even when adolescents receive routine health care, open communication with their health care providers may be problematic. Dr. West will discuss the findings of an AHRQ-funded project that developed, implemented, and evaluated a multipronged approach using advances in technology and social media to improve the engagement of adolescents within primary care practices. The utility of both an in-office tool (RAAPS screener for risk behaviors including diet, exercise, violence/safety, substance use, unintentional injury, depression/suicide, and sexuality) and out-of-office tools (social media and blogs) were investigated. Translatable findings and practical information regarding the challenges that practices encountered in using technology and social media and how these were overcome will be presented. Some encouraging findings regarding the use of health assessment tools geared to the needs of adolescent populations will also be presented.

Critical Reference Material

Click here to access: Kirchner JE, Parker LE, Bonner LM, et al. Roles of managers, frontline staff and local champions in implementing quality improvement: stakeholders’ perspectives. J Eval Clin Pract. 2012 Feb;18(1):63-9.

Click here to access: Gallagher K, Nutting PA, Nease DE Jr, et al. It takes two: using coleaders to champion improvements in small primary care practices. J Am Board Fam Med. 2010;23(5):632-9.

Click here to access: Stewart EE, McMillen M. How to see your practice through your patients’ eyes. Fam Pract Manag. 2008;15(6):18-20.

 7/17/13 Register Now for AHRQ’s August 7 Webinar

Clinical-Community Relationships as a Pathway to Improve Health: Tools for Research and Evaluation 

What are clinical-community relationships? How can these relationships enhance the delivery of health care? How can they be measured? Find answers to these questions and other questions on Wednesday, August 7, from 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET.

Join AHRQ for a special Web event that will provide an overview of recent efforts focused on the area of clinical-community relationships, including an in-depth look at two new tools designed to support research and evaluation in the field—the Clinical-Community Relationship Measures (CCRM) Atlas and the Clinical-Community Relationships Evaluation Roadmap.

Agenda

  • Explore the concept of clinical-community relationships and the need for measures to evaluate their effectiveness
  • Learn from experts about the new Clinical-Community Relationships Measures Atlas and Evaluation Roadmap tools and how they were developed
  • Consider how these resources can be applied in evaluation, research, and practice

Host

Janice L. Genevro, PhD, Lead, Primary Care Implementation Team, Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Presenters

Rebecca Etz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Co-Director, Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network

Robert M. Pestronk, MPH, Executive Director, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Registration Information

Register now to secure your spot for this Webinar event. Once registration is complete, you will receive a follow-up email with step-by-step instructions on how to log-in to the Webinar.

 6/20/13 Celebrating Practice-Based Research Networks' Achievements in Vaccine Delivery

AHRQ’s Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) have been recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Health, Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H., for their outstanding work to increase the appropriate use of patient vaccines. The PBRNs conducted research and were recognized in a recent competition sponsored by AHRQ and judged by representatives of AHRQ and the National Vaccines Program Office. Members of the PBRNs were eligible to submit research published within the past 5 years. The research examined innovative methods to increase the appropriate use of vaccines including: providing easier access, automated patient notification systems, automated reminders for providers, and team-based care models.

Winners included Alexander Fiks, M.D., of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Zsolt Nagykaldi, Ph.D., of the Oklahoma Physicians Research/Resource Network, and Mary Patricia Nowalk, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh.

To access an abstract of Dr. Fiks’ research, select: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23650297.

To access an abstract of Dr. Nagykaldi’s research, select: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22403196.

To access the “Four Pillars Toolkit” developed by Dr. Nowalk, select: http://www.immunizationed.pitt.edu/4-pillars-toolkit.

AHRQ’s PBRNs are groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. PBRNs engage clinicians in quality improvement activities and an evidence-based culture in primary care practice to improve the health of all Americans.

 5/15/13 Lexicon for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration

In this emerging field, like others, it is important to develop shared language that enables communication and collaboration across sites, disciplines, and time. AHRQ Academy’s Lexicon is a set of concepts and definitions developed by expert consensus for what we mean by behavioral health and primary care integration—a functional definition—what things look like in practice.

The 2013 Lexicon for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration evolved from 4 years of work across two groups supported by AHRQ small conference grants and many individuals along the way. The final stage of work on this Lexicon was done by primary author C.J. Peek, working with the AHRQ National Integration Academy Council, Academy staff, and an additional patient representative and care manager clinician. Systematic methods for creating consensus definitions in complex subject matters were employed. The Lexicon, like language in any community, will no doubt continue to evolve as the field of integrated behavioral health develops and spreads.

Visit the AHRQ Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care portal to access the Lexicon at http://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/lexicon.

 4/24/13 PCMH Research Methods Series

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a promising primary care approach that emphasizes comprehensive, coordinated, accessible care, with a systematic focus on quality and safety. AHRQ conceptualized and commissioned a series of briefs to expand the toolbox of methods to evaluate and help refine PCMH models and other primary care delivery interventions. The PCMH Research Methods Series is the result of AHRQ’s invitation to nationally recognized thought leaders in research methods and PCMH models to prepare briefs that describe various methods and approaches and how they might be used to study and refine PCMH models. Topics cover both “evolutionary” ways to improve evaluations—by using traditional health services research methods—and “revolutionary” approaches that draw on novel methods from other fields such as anthropology, organizational analysis, engineering, and political science methods. The individual briefs and an overview of the series, along with other resources related to PCMH Evidence and Evaluation, are available at www.pcmh.ahrq.gov.

 3/25/13 AHRQ Seeking Medical Officers for Its Prevention Team

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is currently recruiting physicians to serve as full time medical officers to support the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Medical officers work closely with the USPSTF to provide scientific and technical assistance as the Task Force develops recommendations regarding preventive services provided in primary care settings. This work includes overseeing evidence reviews, drafting recommendation language, and advancing methodologies for evidence-based recommendation making. Medical officers also contribute to AHRQ’s work to improve the delivery of preventive and primary care health services. Successful candidates will have experience in the provision of primary care and clinical preventive services, interest and experience in health services research and evidence-based medicine, and enjoy working as a member of a collaborative team.

Interested applicants may learn more and apply online at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/339407500.

The vacancy posting will close on Friday, April 12, 2013.

For more information, please contact Dr. Quyen Ngo-Metzger at AHRQ (Quyen.Ngo-Metzger@ARHQ.hhs.gov).

3/21/13 Diabetes Patients Get Better Care When Seen by Their Usual Provider

Group practice patients with diabetes were more likely to get appropriate care when they saw their usual clinician rather than another provider. People who saw their primary care provider (PCP) for a new health problem were more likely to receive lifestyle counseling and medication changes for poorly managed diabetes. In contrast, patients who saw clinicians that were filling in for their primary care provider were less likely to receive additional treatments for their diabetes.

This research was performed using natural language processing technology that examined hundreds of thousands of providers’ notes in just a matter of hours. Natural language processing technology is increasingly considered to be a cost- and time-efficient approach to analysis of clinical encounters, offering the advantages of large sample sizes at a much lower cost than traditional paper-based methods.

“Performance of Primary Care Physicians and Other Providers on Key Process Measures in the Treatment of Diabetes” appeared in the January issue of Diabetes Care.

Select to access: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23230095.

Learn more about how to improve primary care. Visit AHRQ’s Prevention & Chronic Care Program at: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/index.html.

 3/13/13 Improving Primary Care Through Practice Facilitation — Four Exemplar Programs

Primary care practice facilitation (PF) holds promise as an effective and flexible strategy to support medical practices in their ongoing efforts to provide better care, provide more efficient care, and improve the experiences of patients and families. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is exploring the benefits of this strategy and has supported a number of PF initiatives, including the development of a how-to manual on PF, “Developing and Running a Practice Facilitation Program for Primary Care Transformation: A How-To Guide."

As a complement to the how-to manual, AHRQ is pleased to announce the release of four new case studies on leading PF programs, featured here. These case studies highlight each program's motivation for development, administrative structure, funding, PF approach and activities, hiring and training of staff, and monitoring of program quality. The case studies illustrate how PF programs operate in different organizational and geographic contexts and bring to life the ideas discussed in the how-to manual. These case studies, taken together with the manual, present a framework and practical direction for those interested in developing PF programs.

The four programs profiled are:

  • North Carolina's Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Practice Support program, which provides PF services focused on primary care quality improvement and adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records, offered through statewide regional centers.
  • The Oklahoma Physicians Resource/Research Network (OKPRN), which incorporated PF services into an existing Practice-Based Research Network.
  • The Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, which illustrates a partnership between Qualis Health (a nonprofit quality improvement consulting firm) and the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation (a research organization) to provide PF services, training, and technical assistance through a national hub and five Regional Coordinating Centers.
  • Vermont Blueprint for Health's Expansion and Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP), which provides PF services as part of state health care delivery reform efforts.

In addition to the case studies, we provide a brief overview and have synthesized the lessons learned across the four exemplar PF programs into a companion brief, “Lessons Learned From Leading Models of Practice Facilitation.”

We hope you will find these products useful in your work. For additional resources and other opportunities for learning and dialogue among organizations that are interested in PF, please visit our Web site at pcmh.ahrq.gov. To join a listserv for individuals interested in PF, please send an email to PCPF-request@LIST.AHRQ.GOV with “Subscribe” in the subject line.

 2/21/13 2013 Appointment of New USPSTF Members

On February 21, 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced the addition of three experts in prevention and primary care to serve as members of the panel. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality appointed the following members to join the Task Force: Francisco A.R. García, M.D., M.P.H.; William R. Phillips, M.D., M.P.H.; and Michael P. Pignone, M.D., M.P.H.

New members are appointed to replace members who have completed their terms. This year's appointees replace the following outgoing Task Force members: Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.; Carolina Reyes, M.D., M.P.H.; and Timothy J. Wilt, M.D., M.P.H. The USPSTF congratulates and thanks these outgoing members for their years of service and positive contributions to the Task Force's mission.

The new Task Force members bring a range of expertise in prevention and evidence-based medicine that will help the Task Force continue its mission of improving clinical preventive care for all Americans. Dr. Phillips' work in family medicine includes extensive experience teaching medical students and residents, as well as a proven ability to communicate complex issues in plain language. Dr. Pignone, an internist, has a wealth of expertise in systematic evidence reviews and analytical decisionmaking, the basis of the Task Force's work. Dr. García's background in obstetrics and gynecology has included work to improve women's health and prevent health disparities, helping him bridge the divides between the academic study of health, public health efforts, and community-based medicine.

 2/12/13 Updated Guide to Clinical Preventive Services Now Available

AHRQ has announced the release of the updated 2012 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, an authoritative source on clinical preventive services centered on the evidence-based recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

The 2012 Guide includes the USPSTF's recommendations on clinical preventive services such as screening, counseling, and preventive medications from 2002 through March 2012, topics in development, background about the USPSTF, and additional resources. This edition also includes at-a-glance clinical summary tables for ease of use.

In addition to the Guide,the Task Force provides other resources for primary care clinicians, including:

  • An up-to-date list of Task Force recommendations available through the A-Z Topic Index on the Task Force Web site.
  • The electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS), an application designed to help primary care clinicians identify clinical preventive services that are appropriate for their patients, which can be downloaded to their mobile devices.

Click here to view, download, or order a free print copy of the Guide.

The USPSTF is an independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screening, counseling, and preventive medications. More information on the Task Force is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

AHRQ's Prevention and Chronic Care Portfolio provides ongoing administrative, research, technical, and dissemination support to the USPSTF. More information is available at http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/index.html.

 1/22/13 Share Your Ideas for a New Mobile Prevention and Wellness App

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion issued the challenge, and developers are responding! Ideas for a prevention and wellness mobile app that can be used to access customized decision support for preventive services and wellness information from healthfinder.gov are now posted—go take a look and share your feedback!

Would you use any of the apps that are being developed for the challenge? What would you change or add to the apps to make them more user-friendly or to set them apart from the competition? How can the app improve users' access to information about preventive services covered under the health reform law, also called the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? How can the app be improved to better fit into your work and your life?

To view the submissions and share your feedback, visit Health Tech Hatch.

Learn more about how to improve primary care. Visit AHRQ's Prevention & Chronic Care Program at: .

 1/15/13 Practice Facilitators and Case Managers Can Help Enhance the Primary Care Team

Efforts to redesign primary care require multiple supports. Two potential members of the primary care team—practice facilitator and care manager play distinct roles in redesigning and improving care delivery. Facilitators, also known as quality improvement coaches, assist practices with coordinating their quality improvement activities and help build capacity for those activities— reflecting a systems-level approach to improving quality, safety, and implementation of evidence-based practices. Care Managers provide direct patient care by coordinating care and helping patients navigate the system, improving access for patients, and communicating across the care team. These important, complementary roles aim to help primary care practices deliver coordinated, accessible, comprehensive, and patient-centered care, and are further examined and explained in this paper: Enhancing the Primary Care Team to Provide Redesigned Care: The Roles of Practice Facilitators and Care Managers featured in the January/February online issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

Select to access other resources from the Primary Care Practice Facilitation learning community PCPF Resources.

 2012 Announcements

 7/16/12 New AHRQ Handbook Helps Practices Implement Interactive Preventive Health Records

A new handbook from AHRQ offers practical guidance on the implementation of interactive preventive health records (IPHRs). Based on the lessons learned from implementation using electronic health records (EHRs) from three different vendors at 14 different practices, “An Interactive Preventive Care Record: A Handbook for Using Patient-Centered Personal Health Records to Promote Prevention” provides practical steps for health care professionals to follow when integrating IPHRs as components of EHRs.

In an article, “Randomized Trial of an Interactive Preventive Health Record to Enhance the Delivery of Recommended Care,” published in the Annals of Family Medicine, the authors found that IPHR users were more likely to be up to date on all preventive services compared with nonusers, especially in the areas of screening tests and immunizations. The study findings showed that an IPHR and similar systems can improve important patient outcomes, such as the delivery of evidence-based preventive care. Researchers recommend that attention is needed to ensure future personal health records can deliver higher levels of functionality, similar to the IPHR, and that a greater number of patients and clinicians actively use the systems.

The IPHR was developed and studied in three AHRQ-funded projects to better understand how to broadly implement and disseminate patient-centered information systems throughout primary care. These three projects build upon one another to show the development and effect of the IPHR tool on patient outcomes, the ability for it to be successfully adopted into multiple and varied EHRs and health care settings, and how it can be integrated into the primary care workflow for an entire practice's patient population.

Visit healthit.ahrq.gov/KRIST-IPHR-Guide-0612.pdf for the handbook. Visit http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22778119 for the Annals of Family Medicine abstract. For more information on AHRQ's IPHR projects, please visit http://healthit.ahrq.gov/KristSuccessStory2010.pdf.

 5/23/12 AHRQ Recruiting Senior Coordinator to Support U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks a senior coordinator for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). This is an opportunity to improve the health of all Americans by supporting the USPSTF in making evidence-based recommendations on clinical preventive care. The candidate will provide oversight, critical problem solving, and quality assurance for projects involving multiple partners and complex procedures. The Senior Coordinator will work closely with the USPSTF Scientific Director and the team at AHRQ to increase the transparency and efficiency of the USPSTF's processes while overseeing all of the technical, logistical, and dissemination support AHRQ provides the USPSTF. The Senior Coordinator will also cultivate partnerships with stakeholders in the prevention and primary care community, including researchers, health professionals, advocates, and health care decisionmakers. To learn more about the USPSTF, please go to its Web site.

All candidates must have experience managing teams and complex projects, along with providing administrative as well as logistical support to scientific programs. This position is located at AHRQ's headquarters in Rockville, MD.

For more information on this position and an application, please visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/316496600.

Applications are due by Friday, June 8.

 5/11/12 Register for AHRQ's Practice Facilitation for Primary Care Transformation Webinar

We are very excited to announce an upcoming Webinar—the third in a series of four Webinars on Practice Facilitation as one approach to primary care improvement. The Webinars are based on AHRQ's Practice Facilitation manual.

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 12:30–2:00 p.m., EDT

Title: Designing and Evaluating Your Facilitation Work

Description: In this Webinar, presenters will tackle key questions in designing practice facilitation programs and evaluating their effectiveness. These questions include:

  • What are emerging “best practices” in practice facilitation program designs?
  • What are the essential elements of a facilitation intervention?
  • How do you create an internally consistent program?
  • How do you evaluate its effectiveness?
  • What do you need to know about internal quality improvement processes for your program?

Select Implementing the PCMH: Practice Facilitation for more useful Practice Facilitation Resources from AHRQ.

 5/4/12 AHRQ Seeks Nomination of New Members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

As a reminder, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) welcomes nominations for new members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Each year, AHRQ selects new members to replace those members who are completing their appointments. Nominations for consideration for appointments in January 2013 are due by May 15. Nominations are accepted all year round, and those received after May 15 will be considered for 2014. Qualified individuals may self-nominate or receive a nomination from others by visiting www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/uspstf/nominate.html.

Task Force members volunteer their time and are appointed by the Director of AHRQ to serve 4-year terms. The appointment process is one way that AHRQ fulfills its congressionally mandated role to support the Task Force. Candidates for the Task Force are experts in the critical evaluation of research and in the methods of evidence and national leaders in the fields of clinical prevention, health promotion, and primary health care. They are also experts in the implementation of evidence-based recommendations. Many members have clinical experience in primary health care, while others provide expertise in methodology. AHRQ particularly encourages nominations of women, members of minority populations, and persons with disabilities.

The USPSTF is an independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, or preventive medications. More information on the Task Force is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

AHRQ's Prevention and Care Management Portfolio provides ongoing administrative, research, technical, and dissemination support to the USPSTF. More information is available at .www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

 4/10/12 AHRQ Seeks Nomination of New Members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) welcomes nominations for new members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Each year, AHRQ selects new members to replace those members who are completing their appointments. Qualified individuals may self-nominate or receive a nomination from others by visiting www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/uspstf/nominate.html.

Task Force members volunteer their time and are appointed by the Director of AHRQ to serve 4-year terms. The appointment process is one way that AHRQ fulfills its congressionally mandated role to support the Task Force. Candidates for the Task Force are experts in the critical evaluation of research and in the methods of evidence and national leaders in the fields of clinical prevention, health promotion, and primary health care. They are also experts in the implementation of evidence-based recommendations. Many members have clinical experience in primary health care, while others provide expertise in methodology. AHRQ particularly encourages nominations of women, members of minority populations, and persons with disabilities.

The USPSTF is an independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, or preventive medications. More information on the Task Force is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

AHRQ's Prevention and Care Management Portfolio provides ongoing administrative, research, technical, and dissemination support to the USPSTF. More information is available at: www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

 4/4/12 Register for AHRQ's Primary Care Practice Facilitation Forum

Learning Opportunity — Register for Upcoming Webinar!

Hiring and Training Practice Facilitators
Wednesday, April 11, 12:30–2:00 p.m., EDT
Save the Date and Register Below!

This Webinar is the second in a series on setting up a practice facilitation program.

Key issues to be addressed include: What should you look for when you are hiring a facilitator? What type of training do facilitators need to be effective?

Please join us to discuss the core competencies needed by facilitators and the various staffing models used by existing facilitation programs, as well as approaches and strategies for training your facilitators.

For more information about primary care practice facilitation and AHRQ's new how-to guide on developing and running a practice facilitation program, please visit www.pcmh.ahrq.gov.

 3/7/12 Efforts to Revitalize U.S. Primary Care Promotes International Dialogue

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is pleased to announce the publication of a journal supplement devoted to the 2011 AHRQ-sponsored conference “International Learning on Increasing the Value and Effectiveness of Primary Care.”

Leading thinkers, researchers, and implementers from Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, as well as a delegation from the United States, convened with the goal of proposing a policy roadmap for the United States to revitalize its primary care system.

The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine is releasing today a supplement that includes an introductory commentary by David Meyers, M.D., Director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships. Dr. Meyers describes the dialogue as “exceedingly rich and diverse.” Dr. Meyers also writes, “Every country had a unique story to tell and there appeared to be no one right way to build a robust primary care system. Almost every delegation at some time during the conference bemoaned the shortcomings of their system and experiences—reminding us all that health care reform is an iterative journey and not a magical one-time burst of transformation.” Bob Phillips of the Robert Graham Center contributed an overall summary of the conference, and each of the international delegations contributed an article addressing and challenging current models of primary care, system and community infrastructure, quality and safety, health system change and sustainability, and financing and incentives for primary care.

To read the supplement, visit http://www.jabfm.org/content/25/Suppl_1.toc?etoc

 2/29/12 Register for the 2012 National Health Promotion Summit—April 10–11

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research are hosting the 2012 National Health Promotion Summit, “Prevention. Promotion. Progress,” on April 10–11, 2012, in Washington, DC. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, and Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Susan Dentzer are confirmed to speak at the event. Student scholarships are available. Please:

  • Join us at the Summit.
  • Help promote the Summit. Please use the #HealthSummit hashtag, find sample tweets below, or forward this email.

Sample Tweets:

  • Register Now: 2012 National Health Promotion Summit, April 10–11 in DC:
  • Registration for the 2012 Nat'l Health Promotion Summit is now open! Student scholarships available http://www.aptrweb.org/2012summit.html
  • #pubhealth professional? Join us for the 2012 National Health Promotion Summit April 10–11, 2012.
  • ATTENTION #pubhealth Students: Scholarships are available for the 2012 #HealthSummit in DC
  • @SGRegina and Secretary Sebelius will speak at the 2012 #HealthSummit. Are you attending?
  • Have you seen who's headlining the #HealthSummit?

 2/29/12 New AHRQ Release: Early Evidence on the Patient-Centered Medical Home

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is pleased to announce the release of “Early Evidence on the Patient-Centered Medical Home.” This white paper was prepared in collaboration with our partners at Mathematica Policy Research and summarizes findings from early evaluations of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). It also offers concrete suggestions for improving the evidence base about the PCMH through more rigorous evaluations.

The American Journal of Managed Care recently published a concise version of the paper, which can be viewed at http://www.ajmc.com/publications/issue/2012/2012-2-vol18-n2/Early-Evaluations-of-the-Medical-Home-Building-on-a-Promising-Start. In addition, an expanded version of the white paper that provides extensive methodological details will be released in late spring 2012.

AHRQ also provides resources to help strengthen future research on the PCMH and build a solid evidence base. These resources include a brief for decisionmakers, “Improving Evaluations of the Medical Home,” which describes the importance of commissioning effective evaluations of the PCMH and how this can be achieved. A second resource, “Building the Evidence Base for the Medical Home: What Sample and Sample Size Do Studies Need?,” provides further information for researchers and evaluators about why evaluations of the medical home should account for clustering of patients within practices, how to do this, and what samples of patients and practices are needed for studies to achieve adequate statistical power.

Additional white papers, briefs, and a searchable index of almost 1,000 citations are also available at www.pcmh.ahrq.gov.

 2/7/12 AHRQ Announces Appointment of New Members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced today the addition of four new experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine to serve as members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF): Linda Ciofu Baumann, Ph.D., R.N.; Mark H. Ebell, M.D., M.S.; Jessica Herzstein, M.D., M.P.H.; and Douglas K. Owens, M.D., M.S. The new members were appointed with guidance from USPSTF Chair Dr. Virginia Moyer and Co-Vice Chairs Drs. Michael LeFevre and Albert Siu. The new members will each serve 4-year terms.

AHRQ appoints new members to replace those who have completed their terms. This year's new members replace outgoing Task Force members George Isham, M.D., M.S.; Rosanne Leipzig, M.D., Ph.D.; Bernadette Melnyk, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P./P.M.H.N.P.; and J. Sanford Schwartz, M.D., M.B.A. AHRQ and the USPSTF congratulate and thank these outgoing members for their many positive contributions to the work of the Task Force in evidence-based preventive medicine.

The USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of 16 private-sector experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that makes recommendations about preventive services such as screenings, counseling, or preventive medications. Its recommendations empower patients, their families, and their primary care providers in making informed decisions about prevention. More information on the Task Force is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

AHRQ, whose mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans, provides administrative, research, technical, and dissemination support to the USPSTF through the Agency's Prevention and Chronic Care Portfolio. More information on AHRQ and the nomination of Task Force members is available at www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/uspstf/nominate.html.

 1/30/12 Scientific Director, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Want to play a role in shaping U.S. health care?

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) presents a unique opportunity to influence the future of evidence-based medicine in clinical preventive services. AHRQ seeks a senior level clinician to serve as the Scientific Director of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). This is an opportunity to improve the health of all Americans by supporting the USPSTF in making evidence-based recommendations on clinical preventive care. The Scientific Director provides a vital link between AHRQ and the USPSTF, sharing valuable guidance on a process that shapes clinical decisionmaking in our country. The candidate provides overall scientific leadership and direction to the USPSTF, working closely with its leaders, and is responsible for directing a team of dedicated medical professionals. The Scientific Director will also lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive national program of research related to clinical prevention.

Candidates must possess an M.D., D.O., doctoral level nursing degree, or be a physician assistant with a doctoral level degree. All candidates must have experience in prevention and primary care. This position is located at AHRQ's headquarters in Rockville, MD.

For more information on this position and an application, please visit:
M.D./D.O.: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/302462000
P.A.: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/304717000
Nurse: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/304716800

Please share this announcement with your colleagues.

 1/11/12 Brief and White Paper From AHRQ: Complex Patients and the PCMH

AHRQ has produced a decisionmaker brief and white paper that discuss barriers and potential solutions for providing care to patients with complex needs within the patient-centered medical home (PCMH).

The decisionmaker brief “Ensuring That Patient-Centered Medical Homes Effectively Serve Patients With Complex Health Needs” offers specific strategies to help primary care practices, especially smaller ones, better deliver services to all patients, specifically those with the most complex health needs.

The white paper “Coordinating Care for Adults With Complex Care Needs in the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Challenges and Solutions” discusses current barriers but also offers a more detailed look at strategies that are needed to help primary care practices perform as effective medical homes to coordinate such services for patients with complex care needs. Five innovative programs are profiled, focusing on serving patients well, while offering insights on ways decisionmakers and researchers can facilitate the path to primary care transformation for practices who wish to do the same.

You can access the brief and white paper by visiting the following links:

These and other white papers and decisionmaker briefs are available by visiting www.pcmh.ahrq.gov. You will find topics such as improving evaluations of the PCMH, care coordination, the medical neighborhood, health information technology, and patient engagement, as well as a new guide for organizations that want to develop or improve a practice facilitation program for primary care quality improvement. Additionally, the Web site contains a searchable database of approximately 1,000 articles relating to the PCMH that is updated several times a year.

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Internet Citation: Prevention and Chronic Care Announcement Details. July 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/announcements/details.html