AHRQ Views Blog: AHRQ’s Commitment to Meeting Unmet Needs in the Healthcare System
February 5, 2019
AHRQ Stats: Employer Health Plan Enrollment
An estimated 10 percent of private-sector employees were enrolled in an employer-sponsored health plan having an annual premium of at least $24,000 for family coverage in 2016. (Source: AHRQ, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #519: Enrollment in High- Premium Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance by State: Private Industry, 2016.)
- AHRQ Views Blog: AHRQ’s Commitment to Meeting Unmet Needs in the Healthcare System.
- Highlights From AHRQ’s Patient Safety Network.
- Apply by March 29 for Grant Funding to Develop Patient Safety Learning Labs.
- Sign Up Today for the AHRQ News You Need Most!.
- Submit Applications by Feb. 28 for American Board of Internal Medicine Competition on Building Trust in Healthcare.
Agency Director Gopal Khanna, M.B.A., outlines AHRQ’s continued focus in 2019 on helping to address the unmet research needs in the healthcare service delivery system and ensure that the patient is at the center of those efforts. To that end, AHRQ is honing the agency’s core competencies in health systems research, practice improvement, and data and analytics to tackle pressing challenges in the healthcare ecosystem. These challenges include dramatic growth in the number of patients with multiple chronic conditions, and persistent threats to patient safety. Together, they create not only a potential perfect storm in the healthcare service delivery ecosystem, but potential opportunities for systemwide solutions. Access the blog post. To receive all blog posts, submit your email address and select “AHRQ Views Blog.”
AHRQ’s Patient Safety Network (PSNet) highlights journal articles, books and tools related to patient safety. Articles featured this week include:
- Association of adverse effects of medical treatment with mortality in the United States: a secondary analysis of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors study.
- Using a potentially aggressive/violent patient huddle to improve health care safety.
- Fatal flaws in clinical decision making.
AHRQ is seeking applications for research and dissemination projects to create and operate patient safety learning laboratories. Patient safety learning laboratories use a transdisciplinary systems engineering approach to solve real-world challenges to safe care. Applications are due on March 29 at 5 p.m. local time of applicants. Access more information about how to apply.
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Submit Applications by Feb. 28 for American Board of Internal Medicine Competition on Building Trust in Healthcare
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation has launched the Trust Practice Challenge, a competition among organizations to cite initiatives—or “practices”—that have built and maintained trust in healthcare. The competition is intended to support the ABIM Foundation’s commitment to improving care by strengthening medical professionalism. Submissions may vary, including interactions between clinicians and patients; among clinicians; between clinicians and health systems or hospitals; or between patients and health systems or hospitals. Examples of trust-building may include the disclosure of medical errors and subsequent apologies, guarantees of quality service levels, or endorsements of clinicians during care transitions. Winning entries will be added to a compendium of strategies to foster trust and will be presented at the ABIM Foundation’s annual forum in August.
Patient-physician communication on medication cost during glaucoma visits. Slota C, Davis SA, Blalock SJ, et al. Optom Vis Sci 2017 Dec;94(12):1095-101. Access the abstract on PubMed®.
Spatial context and health inequity: reconfiguring race, place, and poverty. Tung EL, Cagney KA, Peek ME, et al. J Urban Health 2017 Dec;94(6):757-63. Access the abstract on PubMed®.
Burden of skin pain in atopic dermatitis. Vakharia PP, Chopra R, Sacotte R, et al. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2017 Dec;119(6):548-52.e3. Access the abstract on PubMed®.
Differences in Medicare expenditures between Appalachian and nationally representative cohorts of elderly women with breast cancer: an application of decomposition technique. Vyas A, Madhavan SS, Sambamoorthi U. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2017 May;15(5):578-87. Access the abstract on PubMed®.
Use of electronic healthcare records to identify complex patients with atrial fibrillation for targeted intervention. Wang SV, Rogers JR, Jin Y, et al. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2017 Mar 1;24(2):339-44. Access the abstract on PubMed®.
Advancing perinatal patient safety through application of safety science principles using health IT. Webb J, Sorensen A, Sommerness S, et al. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak 2017 Dec 19;17(1):176. Access the abstract on PubMed®.
Endovascular therapy in pediatric stroke: utilization, patient characteristics, and outcomes. Wilson JL, Eriksson CO, Williams CN. Pediatr Neurol 2017 Apr;69:87-92.e2. Epub 2017 Jan 25. Access the abstract on PubMed®.
Update on the methods of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: linking intermediate outcomes and health outcomes in prevention. Wolff TA, Krist AH, LeFevre M, et al. Am J Prev Med 2018 Jan;54(1S1):S4-S10. Access the abstract on PubMed®.