AHRQ Profiles Highlight Grant Recipients’ Contributions to Health Services Research

Issue #524
AHRQ's Electronic Newsletter summarizes Agency research and programmatic activities.
June 28, 2016

Editor's note: AHRQ will not publish an Electronic Newsletter on July 5 due to the Independence Day holiday.

AHRQ Stats: Declining Rates of the Uninsured

The rate of uninsured American adults declined significantly between 2013 and 2014. The percentage of adults ages 18 to 64 who were uninsured for the entire calendar year fell from 18.8 percent (35.6 million) in 2013 to 14.4 percent (27.4 million) in 2014. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #488: The Uninsured in America: Estimates of the Percentage of Non-Elderly Adults Uninsured Throughout Each Calendar Year, by Selected Population Subgroups and State Medicaid Expansion Status: 2013 and 2014.)

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AHRQ Profiles Highlight Grant Recipients’ Contributions to Health Services Research

Researchers funded by AHRQ have made significant contributions to the health services research field. To highlight these notable accomplishments, AHRQ is launching a new series of profiles on its Web site. Each profile outlines how AHRQ funding helped a health services researcher develop a body of work that has a positive impact on the field. These profiles tell the story of how AHRQ works through its researchers to fulfill its mission to produce evidence that makes health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable. AHRQ grant recipients profiled include:

  • Christopher Landrigan, M.D., M.P.H., whose research influenced the decision of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to revise its guidelines to limit interns’ consecutive work hours in intensive care unit settings.
  • M. Kate Bundorf, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., whose research has advanced professional knowledge in health care financing and delivery, health insurance choices, employer-sponsored health insurance, and the effect of insurance on access, cost and quality of care.
  • Jennifer DeVoe, M.D., whose widely published findings informed the federal reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  • Glenn Flores, M.D., whose work on uninsured children was instrumental to the Community Health Workers Act of 2007.

Read about AHRQ grantees whose research has had a notable impact on outcomes, cost, use, access and quality. Learn more about AHRQ grants and other funding opportunities

AHRQ Releases First All-Payer Data for Postacute Care After Hospital Discharge

Nearly 8 million hospital patients in 2013 were discharged for postacute care in another setting such as a skilled nursing facility or home-based care, according to newly released data from AHRQ. Those patients represented 22 percent of all hospital discharges that year. AHRQ’s analysis of such care is the first based on a nationally representative all-payer dataset, the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project 2013 National Inpatient Sample. According to the analysis, Statistical Brief #205: An All-Payer View of Hospital Discharge to Postacute Care, 2013, the medical conditions for which patients most often need postacute care were total hip/knee joint replacement, followed by septicemia or severe sepsis, and heart failure and shock.

AHRQ Seeks Nominations of PCOR Findings To Disseminate and Implement in Practice

AHRQ invites you to nominate patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) findings that have been shown to improve health outcomes but need further investment to achieve widespread adoption. This new process of nominating findings is open to all, regardless of who funded the initial research. Nominated findings must be peer reviewed and have been shown to improve outcomes for patients. Nominated findings should compare the impact of two or more preventive, diagnostic, treatment or health care delivery approaches on health outcomes, focusing on those that are meaningful to patients. AHRQ will assess nominations according to the quality of the evidence, potential impact on health outcomes and feasibility of implementation. We will also consider alignment with AHRQ and Department of Health and Human Services priorities when selecting the most promising PCOR findings to implement. Based on AHRQ’s assessment of nominations submitted, the agency will then consider them for potential dissemination and implementation activities. Read a new AHRQ Views blog post by AHRQ Deputy Director Sharon B. Arnold, Ph.D., on the importance of this initiative. Email ahrqimplements@ahrq.hhs.gov for more information. 

AHRQ National Advisory Council Member Wins Prestigious Research Award

Mary D. Naylor, Ph.D., the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, has won the 2016 Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth. Dr. Naylor, an AHRQ grantee and member of the agency’s National Advisory Council, was honored this month at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting in Boston. The Distinguished Investigator Award recognizes investigators who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research through scholarship, teaching, advancement of science and methods and leadership. Dr. Naylor is architect of the Transitional Care Model, an evidence-based care management approach designed to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations and reduce health care costs for vulnerable community-based older adults. Dr. Naylor was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2005.

Last Chance To Register: June 30 AHRQ Webinar on Health Information Technology and Improving Health Care Delivery for Children

Registration is still open for a webinar on June 30, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. ET, to discuss recent research on how health information technology can better support the quality of health care delivered to children and adolescents. This webinar will include discussions on pediatric-specific electronic health record functionality and the use of a pediatric registry for reporting quality measures data. Earn 1.5 hours of continuing medical education credits/continuing education units for participating.

AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Serious infections in hospitalized patients with psoriasis in the United States. Hsu DY, Gordon K, Silverberg JI. J Am Acad Dermatol 2016 Jun 17.[Epub ahead of print.] Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Evaluating infection prevention strategies in out-patient dialysis units using agent-based modeling. Wares JR, Lawson B, Shemin D, et al. PLoS One 2016 May 19;11(5):e0153820. eCollection 2016. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Associations of physical activity and sedentary behavior with atopic disease in United States children. Strom MA, Silverberg JI. J Pediatr 2016 Jul;174:247-53.e3. Epub 2016 May 5. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Assessing the individual, neighborhood, and policy predictors of disparities in mental health care. Cook BL, Zuvekas SH, Chen J, et al. Med Care Res Rev 2016 May 4. [Epub ahead of print.] Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Using qualitative comparative analysis in a systematic review of a complex intervention. Kahwati L, Jacobs S, Kane H, et al. Syst Rev 2016 May 4;5(1):82. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Identifying configurations of behavior change techniques in effective medication adherence interventions: a qualitative comparative analysis. Kahwati L, Viswanathan M, Golin CE, et al. Syst Rev 2016 May 4;5(1):83. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Comparative effectiveness of carotid artery stenting versus carotid endarterectomy among Medicare beneficiaries. Jalbert JJ, Nguyen LL, Gerhard-Herman MD, et al. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2016 May;9(3):275-85. Epub 2016 Apr 26. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Understanding pathways to usual source of care among Asian Americans. Chang E, Chan KS. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2016;27(2):793-814. Access the abstract in PubMed®. 

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