AHRQ Releases National Data on Mental and Substance Use Disorders Among Hospitalized Teenagers
AHRQ Stats: Bloodstream Infections
Central line-associated bloodstream infections during hospital inpatient care decreased 46 percent between 2006 and 2013. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, Chartbook on Patient Safety.)
- AHRQ Releases National Data on Mental and Substance Use Disorders Among Hospitalized Teenagers.
- AHRQ Names New Director of Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.
- AHRQ Publication Highlights Improvements in Health Care Among Women.
- Apply to TeamSTEPPS® Advanced Course by March 31.
- New AHRQ Views Blog Highlights How Patient Safety Organizations Are Leading Efforts To Improve Care.
- AHRQ Webinars Offer Instruction on HCUP Databases, Products and Tools.
- AHRQ Seeks Grant Proposals for Research on Health Information Technology Safety.
- AHRQ in the Professional Literature.
At least one mental or substance use disorder was involved in more than one-fourth of hospital stays among teenagers in 2012, according to a new statistical brief from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Among those 310,100 hospital stays, mood disorders were the most common mental disorder, while cannabis use was the most common substance use disorder. Hospital stays involving opioid use disorders were 40 times higher among 19-year-olds than 13-year-olds. Learn more (PDF File, 482 KB) about mental and substance use disorders among hospitalized teenagers.
David Knutson, M.S., has been named director of AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets. The center aims to improve the quality and efficiency of health care by providing evidence to decision-makers on organization, payment, delivery and markets. Its research portfolio covers four areas: organizational behavior, delivery systems, markets and external factors. Knutson comes to AHRQ from the University of Minnesota, where he served as senior research fellow in the Division of Health Policy and Management. His research focused on insurance markets, risk adjustment, performance-based provider contracting, quality and efficiency measurement, and organizational issues associated with care delivery transformation. While on leave from the University of Minnesota during 2011 and 2012, he served as a senior program analyst and acting director of the Division of Outcomes and Quality at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS. He previously served as director of health systems studies at the Park Nicollet Institute in Minneapolis. He has also directed provider contracting for two managed-care organizations and held management positions in health care provider organizations. Knutson's published articles and book chapters have dealt with health care financing, provider payment, risk adjustment, managed care and chronic illness care. He holds a Master of Science degree in health economics from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia.
The quality of health care for women between 2002 and 2013 improved in several important areas, including treatment effectiveness, patient safety and healthy living, according to AHRQ's Chartbook on Women's Health Care, part of the agency's 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. Researchers evaluated women's care by looking at hundreds of performance measures, a process that shows to what extent treatments have followed recommended best practices and whether desired health outcomes have been achieved. AHRQ's Chartbook on Women's Health Care complements other AHRQ healthy living resources, such as Women: Stay Healthy at 50+ (PDF File, 891 KB) and Women: Stay Healthy at Any Age (PDF File, 938 KB).
Health care team members who wish to take AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS® Advanced Course may submit applications until March 31. TeamSTEPPS, a patient safety training program developed by AHRQ and the Department of Defense, is an evidence-based system that improves communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. The Advanced Course builds upon the existing two-day Master Training Course with new instructional resources on integrating TeamSTEPPS principles and practices, building change teams, coaching coaches and developing the business case for TeamSTEPPS. This unique course is not a TeamSTEPPS refresher but offers enriched training to foster leadership development and the growth of dedicated TeamSTEPPS champions. Learn more about the available courses, guidelines and application process, or email AHRQTeamSTEPPS@aha.org.
A new AHRQ Views blog details how qualified health plans may work with Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) to satisfy a new federal regulation under the Affordable Care Act. Qualified health plans can meet Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements by contracting with hospitals with more than 50 beds if those hospitals use a patient safety evaluation system (i.e., work with a PSO). AHRQ's Jeff Brady, M.D., M.P.H., discusses the importance of hospitals working with PSOs to evaluate their patient safety practices, as well as reasons the new CMS regulation is likely to motivate more hospitals to join PSOs to evaluate and strengthen patient safety efforts. Read the blog post.
Registration opens March 30 for two upcoming webinars from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP): an April 6 webinar, “Overview of HCUP Databases,” and an April 13 webinar, “Overview of HCUP Products and Tools.” Each is 2–3 p.m. ET. Registration details are available on the HCUP User Support Web site. HCUP includes the largest collection of all-payer, encounter-level hospital care data in the United States. It provides reliable, comprehensive information that can be used to answer questions about health care use, access, outcomes and costs related to hospital inpatient stays, ambulatory surgery and services, emergency department visits and readmissions.
AHRQ is seeking grant proposals for research on safe health information technology (IT) practices related to the design, implementation, usability and safe use of health IT by all users, including nurses, physicians, patients and caregivers. These projects would generate new evidence on safe health IT practices that could be used by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and others to inform health IT certification and other forms of policy guidance. Large, medium and small projects will be considered. Large research projects should include personnel from health IT vendors and health care delivery organizations among project personnel. Patient Safety Organization involvement in R01 projects is strongly encouraged, as is industry partnership. Access the Special Emphasis Notice for more information, including standard due dates.
Trends in tracheostomy for mechanically ventilated patients in the United States, 1993-2012. Mehta AB, Syeda SN, Bajpayee L, et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2015 Aug 15;192(4):446-54. Access the abstract in PubMed®.
Paths to health equity: local area variation in progress toward eliminating breast cancer mortality disparities, 1990-2009. Rust G, Zhang S, Malhotra K, et al. Cancer 2015 Aug 15;121(16):2765-74. Epub 2015 Apr 23. Access the abstract in PubMed®.
Reduced-dose schedule of prophylaxis based on local data provides near-optimal protection against respiratory syncytial virus. Weinberger DM, Warren JL, Steiner CA, et al. Clin Infect Dis 2015 Aug 15;61(4):506-14. Epub 2015 Apr 22. Access the abstract in PubMed®.
Black-white racial disparities in sepsis: a prospective analysis of the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) cohort. Moore JX, Donnelly JP, Griffin R, et al. Crit Care 2015 Jul 10;19:279. Access the abstract in PubMed®.
Minnesota's early experience with medical home implementation: viewpoints from the front lines. Fontaine P, Whitebird R, Solberg LI, et al. J Gen Intern Med 2015 Jul;30(7):899-906. Epub 2014 Dec 13. Access the abstract in PubMed®.
A patient navigator intervention to reduce hospital readmissions among high-risk safety-net patients: A randomized controlled trial. Balaban RB, Galbraith AA, Burns ME, et al. J Gen Intern Med 2015 Jul;30(7):907-15. Epub 2015 Jan 24. Access the abstract in PubMed®.
Hospital readmission after emergency room visit for cholelithiasis. Williams TP, Dimou FM, Adhikari D, et al. J Surg Res 2015 Aug;197(2):318-23. Epub 2015 Apr 16. Access the abstract in PubMed®.
Pulmonary support on day of life 30 is a strong predictor of increased 1 and 5-year morbidity in survivors of congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Cauley RP, Potanos K, Fullington N, et al. J Pediatr Surg 2015 May;50(5):849-55. Epub 2014 Dec 17. Access the abstract in PubMed®.
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