AHRQ Updates Hospital Use Information in Fast Stats

Issue 515
AHRQ's Electronic Newsletter summarizes Agency research and programmatic activities.
April 26, 2016

AHRQ Stats: Cardiovascular Disease Death Rates

Death rates among hospital patients with cardiovascular disease dropped significantly for both women and men between 2002 and 2012—from 125 to 54 per 1,000 admissions for women, and from 94 to 43 per 1,000 admissions for men. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, Chartbook on Women’s Health Care.)

Today's Headlines

  1. AHRQ Updates Hospital Use Information in Fast Stats.
  2. AHRQ Study Examines Risk Models for Predicting Hospital Readmissions.
  3. May 9 Deadline Set for Comments on Formats To Report Hospital Safety Events.
  4. Recruiting Participants for AHRQ Study on Healthcare-Associated Infection Payment Policy.
  5. AHRQ Calls For Research on Better Care Planning for People With Multiple Chronic Conditions.
  6. Deadline for Nominations to AHRQ National Advisory Council: May 31.
  7. AHRQ in the Professional Literature.

1. AHRQ Updates Hospital Use Information in Fast Stats

AHRQ has released new information in HCUP Fast Stats, an online tool that allows users to analyze state-by-state information on hospital use, including the effects of Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act. Since the last update in December 2015, the tool now includes additional quarterly and annual inpatient data from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) for 2015 (for a total of 15 States) and for 2014 (for a total of 39 States). The 15 States with 2015 data are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The resource displays data in stand-alone graphs and tables to provide access to HCUP-based statistics.

2. AHRQ Study Examines Risk Models for Predicting Hospital Readmissions

A risk prediction model designed to forecast hospital readmissions based on patients’ electronic health records (EHR) for entire hospital stays was only modestly better than a model based on EHR data for just the day of admission, according to a new AHRQ-funded study. The study on predicting 30-day, all-cause hospital readmissions was based on data from nearly 33,000 hospital stays at six Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals from 2009 to 2010. The authors said their model was the first to use comprehensive EHR data from entire hospital stays. That model was shown to be only modestly better at predicting risk of readmission despite including many additional clinically relevant prognostic factors. The authors said customized models that are disease-specific may be more effective in predicting readmission compared with the common multi-condition, readmission risk prediction model. The study "Predicting All-Cause Readmissions Using Electronic Health Record Data From the Entire Hospitalization: Model Development and Comparison" appeared in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Access the abstract.

3. May 9 Deadline Set for Comments on Formats To Report Hospital Safety Events

AHRQ is seeking comments through 6 p.m. ET May 9 on proposed updates to Common Formats for Event Reporting-Hospitals Version 2.0—the standardized method for health care providers and Patient Safety Organizations to collect and exchange information about patient safety events in hospitals. The agency seeks public- and private-sector feedback to guide development of the new version. AHRQ is working with the National Quality Forum (NQF) to gather and analyze feedback on new Common Formats. First-time users should select here to create an account to review the proposed formats and post comments through an NQF online tool.

4. Recruiting Participants for AHRQ Study on Healthcare-Associated Infection Payment Policy

Does your hospital want to understand the impact of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services payment policies on healthcare-associated infection? AHRQ is funding a study led by Harvard researchers to find out—and your help is needed. With 5–10 minutes of effort, your hospital can join others in providing evidence to policymakers. Find out more by attending an informational webinar on April 29 from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Select here to get more details and reserve your spot.

5. AHRQ Calls For Research on Better Care Planning for People With Multiple Chronic Conditions

A special emphasis notice from AHRQ has announced the agency’s interest in funding research that seeks to explore how enhanced care planning can improve care for people living with multiple chronic conditions. This effort targets the need for evidence on how clinical care teams can best use information about patients’ and their families’ values, preferences and social context to enhance care plans. Go to the announcement, Optimizing Care for People Living with Multiple Chronic Conditions through the Development of Enhanced Care Planning.

6. Deadline for Nominations to AHRQ National Advisory Council: May 31

Nominations are being accepted for seven new appointees to AHRQ’s National Advisory Council, the 21-member panel that provides broad guidance to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the agency’s director about the choice and direction of AHRQ programs. The deadline for nominations is May 31. The National Advisory Council meets three times a year in Rockville, Maryland. Members serve three-year terms, and new members chosen by the HHS Secretary will meet for the first time in spring 2017. Select here for more information about submitting nominations.

7. AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Symptoms, weight loss, and physical function in a lifestyle intervention study of older cancer survivors. Kenzik KM, Morey MC, Cohen HJ, et al. J Geriatr Oncol 2015 Nov;6(6):424-32. Epub 2015 Sep 9. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Using the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit to improve the quality of patient materials. Brega AG, Freedman MA, LeBlanc WG, et al. J Health Commun 2015;20 Suppl 2:69-76. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Effectiveness of remote patient monitoring after discharge of hospitalized patients with heart failure: the Better Effectiveness After Transition-Heart Failure (BEAT-HF) randomized clinical trial. Ong MK, Romano PS, Edgington S, et al. JAMA Intern Med 2016 Mar 1;176(3):310-8. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Differing perceptions of safety culture across job roles in the ambulatory setting: analysis of the AHRQ Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture. Hickner J, Smith SA, Yount N, et al. BMJ Qual Saf 2015 Oct 14 [Epub ahead of print]. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Using community-based participatory research in patient-centered outcomes research to address health disparities in under-represented communities. Sofolahan-Oladeinde Y, Mullins CD, Baquet CR. J Comp Eff Res 2015 Sep;4(5):515-23. Epub 2015 Oct 5. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Hospital use in the last year of life for children with life-threatening complex chronic conditions. Ananth P, Melvin P, Feudtner C, et al. Pediatrics 2015 Nov;136(5):938-46. Epub 2015 Oct 5. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

California's early ACA expansion increased coverage and reduced out-of-pocket spending for the state's low-income population. Golberstein E, Gonzales G, Sommers BD. Health Aff (Millwood) 2015 Oct;34(10):1688-94. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Provider preferences and experiences with a countywide centralized collaborative reminder/recall for childhood immunizations. Saville AW, Gurfinkel D, Sevick C, et al. Acad Pediatr 2016 Jan-Feb;16(1):50-6. Epub 2015 Sep 26. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

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