Prevention and Chronic Care Announcement Details

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2015 Announcements

02/26/15 Webinar Today at 3 p.m. EST – AHRQ Introduces New Expanded Practice Facilitation Training Curriculum

Introducing AHRQ’s Expanded Practice Facilitation Training Curriculum

Register Now for AHRQ’s fifth and final webinar in a series designed to share tools and resources for training primary care practice facilitators (PFs) – today –Thursday, February 26 at 3 p.m. EST. During this 90-minute webinar, speakers will provide insights on the development of AHRQ’s new and expanded primary care practice facilitation training curriculum. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to discuss how the curriculum might be used to build the practice facilitation workforce.

Presenters include:

  • David Meyers, MD, Acting Director, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement and Chief Medical Officer, AHRQ
  • Darren DeWalt, MD, MPH, Director, Learning and Diffusion Group, CMMI
  • Jay Crosson, PhD, Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Lyndee Knox, PhD, CEO, LA Net Community Health Resource Network
  • Bob McNellis, MPH, PA, Senior Advisor for Primary Care, AHRQ

If you would like to watch any of our first four webinars in the series– PF Case Studies, Use of Health IT, Supporting Patient Safety, and Patient Engagement, please use the link above and register for the webinar(s) you choose. If you have already registered for these events, simply sign in. This will bring you to all the resources available during the live event, including audio and a slide deck.

02/25/15 AHRQ Launches New Resources for Primary Care Researchers and Evaluators

A significant challenge in studying and evaluating primary care improvement and transformation is finding the right instruments and measures to capture useful information about services, innovations, and outcomes. Now, researchers and evaluators have access to searchable databases to help researchers and evaluators efficiently identify and select the most appropriate instruments and measures in four key areas of primary care services: care coordination, clinical-community relationships, team-based care, and behavioral health integration. The databases, which are available at primarycaremeasures.ahrq.gov, include conceptual frameworks for measurement in each area, profiles of existing instruments that include information about validation and use, and other information designed both to assist current investigators and advance primary care research and evaluation.

Additional AHRQ resources for primary care researchers and evaluators, and for improving primary care practice, are available at pcmh.ahrq.gov and http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/improve/index.html.

02/12/15 AHRQ’s New Expanded Practice Facilitation Training Curriculum – Webinar Registration Open

Introducing AHRQ’s Expanded Practice Facilitation Training Curriculum

Register Now for AHRQ’s fifth and final webinar in a series designed to share tools and resources for training primary care practice facilitators (PFs) – Thursday, February 26 at 3 p.m. EST. During this 90-minute webinar, speakers will provide insights on the development of AHRQ’s new and expanded primary care practice facilitation training curriculum. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to discuss how the curriculum might be used to build the practice facilitation workforce.

If you would like to watch any of our first four webinars in the series– PF Case Studies, Use of Health IT, Supporting Patient Safety, and Patient Engagement, please use the link above and register for the webinar(s) you choose. If you have already registered for these events, simply sign in. This will bring you to all the resources available during the live event, including audio and a slide deck.

01/15/15 AHRQ Hosts Free Webinar: Meeting Objectives of Meaningful Use Stage 3

Register Now: January 28 AHRQ Webinar on Meeting Stage 3 Meaningful Use Objectives

AHRQ is hosting a webinar January 28 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. ET on meeting Stage 3 Meaningful Use Objectives. This presentation will outline findings from research on Meaningful Use of clinical decision support, care coordination and electronic health records in pediatric primary care settings. Determination of continuing medical education credit with the American Academy of Family Physicians is pending. Registration is open.

01/14/15 Free Webinar on How Practice Facilitators Can Support Patient Engagement

Join a free AHRQ webinar on Thursday, January 29 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET: Engaging patients as partners in care: How practice facilitators can support patient engagement

This is the fourth in a series of webinars designed to share AHRQ’s development of tools and resources for training primary care practice facilitators (PFs). Patient engagement is a central element of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) as well as a patient’s own experience of their care. PFs can help practices improve how they engage patients by helping practices gather feedback and ideas from their patients, and use this information to redesign visits and services to support better patient engagement and an improved patient experience. PFs can also direct practices to resources that can help them build their capacity in these areas.

This webinar will feature the experiences of a PF who worked successfully with practice leaders and patients to transform diabetes care visits in a primary care practice. In addition, Cindy Brach of AHRQ will share information on the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit and how it can support patient engagement work. This webinar is appropriate for PFs, their trainers, and any organization interested in starting a practice facilitation program.

Speakers include:

  • Lyndee Knox, PhD, CEO, LA Net Community Health Resource Network
  • Cindy Brach, MPP, Senior Health Policy Researcher, AHRQ
  • Adrienne Deswert, RN, BSN, RN Care Manager, Annville Family Medicine

To register, please click here.

Listen to the first three webinars in the series on PF by clicking the appropriate link and register for the event. If you have already registered for these events, simply sign in. This will bring you to all of the resources available during each live event, including audio with closed-captioning and a slide deck.

01/13/15 E-GAPPS II March 2-3, 2015

Dear Colleague,

The Guidelines International Network North America (G-I-N/NA) and the Section on Evidence Based Health Care (SEBHC) of The New York Academy of Medicine are co-sponsoring the second conference on "Evidence-based Guidelines Affecting Policy, Practice and Stakeholders."

Dates: March 2-3, 2015
Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, NYC 10029

The objectives of this conference are:

  • To provide a platform for constructive dialogue between stakeholders in the development, implementation, and use of clinical guidelines
  • To enhance successful uptake, implementation, and use of clinical guidelines through fostering ongoing collaboration between relevant stakeholders

The target audience includes guideline developers, consumers and patient advocates, experts in guideline implementation, information technology and computerized decision support, and experts and researchers in shared decision making.

Twelve (12) interactive breakout sessions will address these four (4) conference themes:

  • Contrasting drivers of guideline development: Research, stakeholder interests, quality improvement
  • Harmonization versus conflict across guideline efforts
  • Building and adapting guidelines for specific contexts and settings
  • Guidelines, implementation, and point of care delivery

Information on the conference and registration can be found here. For questions, contact: ebmny@nyam.org or call (212) 419-3610.

2014 Announcements

12/08/14 Register Now: Using the PRECIS (Pragmatic-Explanatory Continuum Indicator Summaries) Tool

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting an in-depth methodological webinar on Thursday, December 11 from 1:30-3:00 pm ET. This webinar will focus on the pragmatic-explanatory continuum indicator summary (PRECIS) tool. Kevin Thorpe of the University of Toronto will discuss the development of the tool and the methods for its use by researchers to determine whether research design decisions are consistent with the research aims.

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

This Live series activity, AHRQ Practice-Based Research Network Resource Center National Webinars, from 09/10/2014 - 09/10/2015, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit 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 has been approved for 1.25 elective CME credits.

To register, select: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/870405376

Brought to you by the AHRQ PBRN Resource Center.

11/12/14 AHRQ Releases: A Guide to Real-World Evaluations of Primary Care Interventions

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new Evaluation Guide for designing real-world evaluations of interventions such as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and other models to improve primary care delivery. Effective primary care can improve health and cost outcomes, and patient, clinician and staff experience, and evaluations can help determine how best to improve primary care to achieve these goals. The Guide may be helpful to a variety of audiences including payers, delivery systems (including ACOs), practice–based research networks and employers thinking about whether and how to evaluate interventions.

This Guide offers options to address some of the challenges that evaluators of small-scale projects face, as well as insights for evaluators of larger projects. The Guide answers six questions:

  • Do I need an evaluation?
  • What do I need for an evaluation?
  • How do I plan an evaluation?
  • How do I conduct an evaluation and what questions will it answer?
  • How can I use the findings?
  • What resources are available to help me?

In addition to this Guide, AHRQ has developed a number of resources for evaluators of primary care interventions like the PCMH.

10/30/14 Register Now: Best Practices for Measuring Practice Transformation to Implement the Triple Aim

Register for Webinar: Best practices for measuring Practice Transformation to Implement the Triple Aim

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting a webinar Wednesday, November 19th from 3:00-4:30pm ET, on successful models that have been used by PBRNs to measure practice transformation. The presenters will discuss models they have used including: TRANSLATE Model; Solberg-Mold Practice Change/QI Model; Improving Primary Care through Health Information Technology (IPC-H-IT); and the Vermont Integration Project. Data and lessons learned will also be shared.

Presenters will include:

  • Chet Fox, MD; Upstate New York Practice-based Research Network (UNYNET), University at Buffalo
  • Lynne Nemeth, PhD, RN; Primary Care Practices Research Network (PPRNet), Medical University of South Carolina
  • Paula Lipman, PhD; Westat
  • Zsolt Nagykaldi, PhD; Oklahoma Physicians Resource / Research Network (OKPRN), University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Rodger Kessler, PhD; Collaborative Care Research Network (CCRN), University of Vermont College of Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians

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/679691944.

10/29/14 E-GAPPS II March 2-3, 2015

The Guidelines International Network North America (G-I-N/NA) and the Section on Evidence Based Health Care (SEBHC) of The New York Academy of Medicine are co-sponsoring the second conference on "Evidence-based Guidelines Affecting Policy, Practice and Stakeholders."

Dates: March 2-3, 2015
Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, NYC 10029

The objectives of this conference are:

  • To provide a platform for constructive dialogue between stakeholders in the development, implementation, and use of clinical guidelines
  • To enhance successful uptake, implementation, and use of clinical guidelines through fostering ongoing collaboration between relevant stakeholders

The target audience includes guideline developers, consumers and patient advocates, experts in guideline implementation, information technology and computerized decision support, and experts and researchers in shared decision making.

Twelve (12) interactive breakout sessions will address these four (4) conference themes:

  • Contrasting drivers of guideline development: Research, stakeholder interests, quality improvement
  • Harmonization versus conflict across guideline efforts
  • Building and adapting guidelines for specific contexts and settings
  • Guidelines, implementation, and point of care delivery

Information on the conference and registration can be found here. For questions, contact: ebmny@nyam.org or call (212) 419-3610.

09/22/14 Healthier Pregnancy: Tools and Techniques to Best Provide ACA-Covered Preventive Services

September 23, 2014

Participate via Webcast
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. ET
or
Live event
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. ET
The Ohio Union at the Ohio State University
U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210

The passage of the Affordable Care Act has increased the availability of much needed preventive services to Americans. It is now time to make sure the public gains access to these vital services.

Learn how to implement the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations from practitioners in the fields of obesity, alcohol, depression, intimate partner violence, tobacco, and breastfeeding. This live in-person event and Webcast will address the best ways to implement these services in pre- and perinatal care settings.

Experts will highlight the evidence behind the recommendations and describe best practices and models of care currently being used. The event will be offered for both in-person participants and those viewing a live Webcast. Following the event, in addition to the archive of the presentations, a wealth of tools and resources will be made available online to help providers easily incorporate these practices effectively and efficiently into their own institutions. Continuing education will be provided.

For more information, visit: https://www.blsmeetings.net/healthierpregnancy.

09/12/14 Webinar Registration Open: PBRN Research Good Practices (PRGPs) Report

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting a webinar Tuesday, September 30 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET, on the Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Research Good Practices (PRGPs) Report. The presenters will provide an overview of the new PRGPs, which were developed by seven experienced PBRNs and vetted by members of several more. The presenters will summarize how this resource was developed, and describe how it can be used. PRGP chapters include: PBRN Infrastructure; Study Development and Implementation; Data Management; and Dissemination Policies. The PBRN Research Good Practices (PGRPs) resource is now available online here.

Presenters will include:

  • Victoria Neale, Ph.D., M.P.H., Metropolitan Detroit Research Network
  • Kimberly Campbell-Voytal, Ph.D., R.N., Metropolitan Detroit Research Network
  • Rowena J. Dolor, M.D., M.H.S., Duke Primary Care Research Consortium
  • Lyle J. Fagnan, M.D., Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network
  • Barcey Levy, Ph.D., M.D., Iowa Research Network
  • Zsolt J. Nagykaldi, Ph.D., Oklahoma Physicians Resource/Research Network
  • V. Beth Patterson, R.N., Duke Primary Care Research Consortium

This webinar will be submitted for review for up to 1.25 elective continuing education credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

To register, select: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/272815256

Brought to you by the AHRQ PBRN Resource Center.

08/27/14 Register Now for a PBRN Webinar on Strategies to Support Cooperation of Multiple Organizations’ Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, September 10 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. ET, on various types of Institutional Review Board (IRB) cooperation that can be pursued to support practice-based research. The presenters will define and describe processes for ceding review to a lead IRB, serving as the IRB of record, and participating in reliant IRB review. The presenters will also give examples of how practice-based research networks have successfully implemented these processes.

Presenters will include:

  • Jeanette M. Daly, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Director, Iowa Research Network (IRENE)
  • Tabria Winer, M.P.H., Coordinator, Shared Network of Collaborative Ambulatory Practices & Partners (SNOCAP)
  • LeAnn Michaels, Network Manager, Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN)
  • Amanda Ross, Administrative Director, Collaborative Ohio Inquiry Network (COIN)

This live series activity, AHRQ Practice-Based Research Network Resource Center National Webinars, from 09/10/2014 to 09/10/2015, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit 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 has been approved for 1.25 elective CME credits.

To register, select: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/797856329  

Brought to you by the AHRQ PBRN Resource Center.

08/07/14 Case Studies of Exemplar Primary Care Practice Facilitation Training Programs Webinar – Thursday, August 14

Researchers from Mathematica Policy Research and LA Net will present information about the formation, operation, and curricula of three exemplar Primary Care Practice Facilitation (PCPF) training programs. Representatives from each of these programs also will participate and be available to answer questions. This webinar will be of particular interest to those engaged in practice facilitation, those seeking to learn more about using practice facilitators in primary care, and those interested in starting or using a practice facilitation training program.

The following programs will be highlighted:

  • Millard Fillmore College Practice Facilitator Certificate Program
  • Practice Coach Training for the North Carolina AHEC Practice Support Program
  • Health TeamWorks’ Coach University

To register please click here.

 08/01/14 Quality Improvement in Primary Care Fact Sheet

Engaging primary care practices in Quality Improvement (QI) activities is essential to improving the health of the population, enhancing patient experiences and outcomes, and reducing the per capita cost of care. A new fact sheet from AHRQ, Quality Improvement in Primary Care: External Supports for Practices provides information and resources on four categories of external supports that can be used alone or in combination to assist practices: data feedback and benchmarking; practice facilitation or coaching; expert consultation, also called peer-to-peer mentoring; and shared learning, or learning collaboratives. The fact sheet builds upon two previous decisionmaker briefs about building QI capacity and describes examples from the AHRQ Infrastructure for Maintaining Primary Care Transformation (IMPaCT) initiative, which awarded four cooperative grants to support state-level QI efforts.

 07/28/14 USPSTF Releases e-Book Edition of the 2014 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

For the first time, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released an e-book version of its 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 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.

The e-book is compatible with many readers, including Kindle, Nook, iBook, and Kobo. As a reminder, in addition to the e-book, you can view and download the Guide online or order a print copy of the guide at 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).

The Task Force also 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), which clinicians can download to their mobile devices to help them identify clinical preventive services that are appropriate for their patients.

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

 07/24/14 Comparative Health System Performance: Accelerating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Dissemination

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality seeks to award cooperative agreements of up to three Centers of Excellence on Comparative Health Systems, as part of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) dissemination.

The Comparative Health System Performance in Accelerating PCOR Dissemination (U19) Funding Opportunity Announcement seeks applications to improve the uptake of PCOR findings among health care organizations and their clinicians. It also wants to compare the performance of these systems to each other and to the performance of more traditional forms of delivery system.

Deadline for applications is October 17, 2014.

PCOR is comparative clinical effectiveness research of the impact on health outcomes of two or more preventive, diagnostic, treatment, or health care delivery approaches. The goal is to provide a better understanding of health care delivery systems in order to better target PCOR dissemination so that systems can more quickly adopt high-performance practices and improve patient outcomes.

 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.

 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.

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