New AHRQ Brochure Helps Organizations Effectively Choose a Patient Safety Organization

Issue 509
AHRQ's Electronic Newsletter summarizes Agency research and programmatic activities.
March 15, 2016

AHRQ Stats: Disparities in Diabetes Treatment

In 2013 about 17 percent of blacks reported receiving recommended services for diabetes after diagnosis, compared with about 26 percent of whites. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, Chartbook on Health Care for Blacks.)

Today's Headlines

  1. New AHRQ Brochure Helps Organizations Effectively Choose a Patient Safety Organization.
  2. AHRQ Releases TeamSTEPPS® for Office-Based Care.
  3. AHRQ Releases Quality Improvement Learning Modules for Clinicians To Earn Board-Specific Recertification.
  4. Advancing the Science of Collecting and Reporting Patient Narratives.
  5. AHRQ Launches AHRQ Research Studies Web Page.
  6. Editor's Note: Share Your Stories of AHRQ Impact .
  7. AHRQ in the Professional Literature.

1. New AHRQ Brochure Helps Organizations Effectively Choose a Patient Safety Organization

A new regulation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allows qualified health plans to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act by contracting with hospitals that work with Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs). AHRQ's brochure, Choosing a Patient Safety Organization, can help by describing factors to consider when choosing a PSO and explaining how to find a listed PSO. Working with a PSO can help organizations achieve better and safer care. PSOs have experts who can collect, analyze and aggregate clinical data at local, regional and national levels to develop insights into the underlying causes of patient safety events that might not be obvious. Hospitals that work with PSOs can also submit nonidentifiable data to the Network of Patient Safety Databases to enable aggregation and comparison of data on a national level. Download AHRQ's new brochure (PDF File, 788.4 KB). Read AHRQ's new blog post on the topic.

2. AHRQ Releases TeamSTEPPS® for Office-Based Care

TeamSTEPPS® (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety) has been tailored for office-based health care providers and team members, and is now available online. TeamSTEPPS for Office-Based Care is an evidence-based program to produce efficient and effective health care teams that make the best use of evidence, information, people and resources in ambulatory medical offices and outpatient settings. TeamSTEPPS for Office-Based Care, with its goal of achieving the best outcomes for patients, offers techniques, tools and strategies to assist health care professionals in developing and optimizing communication, and team knowledge and performance. The training toolkit is available online and includes scripts, presentations and videos that can be used to train staff. Learn more.

3. AHRQ Releases Quality Improvement Learning Modules for Clinicians To Earn Board-Specific Recertification

New practice improvement tools from AHRQ are available to help physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners obtain certification in their fields, including the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV, the physician assistant performance improvement-continuing medical education credits, and continuing education credits. The Health Assessment Recertification Project for Diversely Trained Clinicians (MOC Part IV & PA-QI) streamlines the MOC documentation process while offering user-friendly printable data collection forms and electronic entry options to help clinicians efficiently complete and submit data collection requirements.

4. Advancing the Science of Collecting and Reporting Patient Narratives

Two new publications from AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) program summarize ongoing efforts to develop strategies for eliciting and reporting patient narratives. The summaries provide details on efforts to develop and test a standardized protocol for collecting provider and consumer patient narratives that can be added to the CAHPS Clinician & Group Survey. Various approaches to publishing patient narratives in a comparative quality report for consumers are also being explored. Read new summaries of this work:

Articles about this research have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Medical Care, Medical Care Research and Review, and Health Services Research. Learn more about the CAHPS team's research on consumer reporting. Find more summaries of CAHPS projects.

5. AHRQ Launches AHRQ Research Studies Web Page

A new AHRQ Research Studies Web page provides monthly updates of AHRQ-funded and AHRQ-authored published research studies. The Web page:

  • Is searchable by key word and the first three authors.
  • Includes a 50-word summary of each article and link to the PubMed abstract.
  • Links to separate listings of AHRQ-related articles, including U.S. Preventive Services Task Force-related articles, Evidence-based Practice Centers-related articles and research by others using AHRQ data or products. These are not searchable.

Select to subscribe to monthly alerts about AHRQ Research Studies updates.

6. Editor's Note: Share Your Stories of AHRQ Impact

Has your organization improved health care by using AHRQ's evidence-based tools or resources? If so, please email ImpactCaseStudies@ahrq.hhs.gov and tell us how and what your results have been. We'd like to give you a national and local shout-out on our Impact Case Studies Web page.

7. AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Repeated depression screening during the first postpartum year. Yawn BP, Bertram S, Kurland M, et al. Ann Fam Med 2015 May-Jun;13(3):228-34. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Intermediate- and long-term cognitive outcomes after cardiovascular procedures in older adults: a systematic review. Fink HA, Hemmy LS, MacDonald R, et al. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jul 21;163(2):107-17. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Increased risk of surgical site infection among breast-conserving surgery re-excisions. Olsen MA, Nickel KB, Margenthaler JA, et al. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015;22(6):2003-9. Epub 2014 Oct 31. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Alcohol misuse, genetics, and major bleeding among warfarin therapy patients in a community setting. Roth JA, Bradley K, Thummel KE, et al. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2015 Jun;24(6):619-27. Epub 2015 Apr 8. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Adjuvant chemotherapy for elderly patients with stage I non-small-cell lung cancer ≥4 cm in size: an SEER-Medicare analysis. Malhotra J, Mhango G, Gomez JE, et al. Ann Oncol. 2015 Apr;26(4):768-73. Epub 2015 Jan 18. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Consumers' and providers' perceptions of utilizing a computer-assisted cognitive behavioral therapy for childhood anxiety. Salloum A, Crawford EA, Lewin AB, et al. Behav Cogn Psychother. 2015 Jan;43(1):31-41. Epub 2013 Jul 25. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Real world effectiveness of primary implantable cardioverter defibrillators implanted during hospital admissions for exacerbation of heart failure or other acute co-morbidities: cohort study of older patients with heart failure. Chen CY, Stevenson LW, Stewart GC, et al. BMJ 2015 Jul 14;351:h3529. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Planning for action: The impact of an asthma action plan decision support tool integrated into an electronic health record (EHR) at a large health care system. Kuhn L, Reeves K, Taylor Y, et al. J Am Board Fam Med 2015 May-Jun;28(3):382-93. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

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