AHRQ Grantees Named 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions

Issue 590
AHRQ News Now is a weekly newsletter that highlights agency research and program activities.
November 7, 2017

AHRQ Stats: Highest Hospital Readmission Rates

Thirty-day all-cause hospital readmission rates in 2014 were highest for patients with congestive heart failure (23.2 per 100 admissions), schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders (22.9), and respiratory failure (21.6). (Source: AHRQ, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #230: A Comparison of All-Cause 7-Day and 30-Day Readmissions, 2014.)

Today's Headlines:

AHRQ Grantees Named 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions

Five primary care practices participating in AHRQ’s ongoing EvidenceNOW project have been named as 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions. The award winners—three in New York and one each in Oklahoma and Wisconsin—are among 24 honorees that include primary care practices, individual clinicians and health systems. The honorees were recognized for achieving blood pressure control for at least 70 percent of their patients through innovations in health information technology and electronic health records, patient communication and teamwork. AHRQ's EvidenceNOW, launched in May 2015, provides support services to 1,500 small- and medium-sized primary care practices with the objective of improving patients’ blood pressure and addressing other risk factors to improve heart health. Access more information about EvidenceNOW and the Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions.

New AHRQ Chartbook Examines Trends in Coverage, Premiums and Benefits

AHRQ’s new Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance Component 2016 Chartbook features trends in employer-sponsored coverage, premiums and benefits from 2003 to 2016, with easily accessible graphs and maps to facilitate trend comparisons. The chartbook is presented in five sections: Health Insurance Offer Rates; Employee Eligibility and Enrollment; Health Insurance Premiums; Employee and Employer Contributions; and Employee Cost Sharing. Each section highlights trends and differences by employer and workforce characteristics. Also available are slides with chartbook data for use in presentations. Download the chartbook and slides.

Highlights From AHRQ’s Patient Safety Network

AHRQ’s Patient Safety Network (PSNet) highlights journal articles, books and tools related to patient safety. Articles featured this week include:

Review additional new publications in PSNet’s current issue or access recent cases and commentaries in AHRQ’s WebM&M (Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web) or the latest Perspectives on Safety.

New AHRQ Views Blog Post: Taking a Closer Look—State-by-State—at Health Care Quality

In a new AHRQ Views blog post, LCDR Karen Chaves, director of AHRQ’s National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) program, highlights AHRQ’s 2016 State Snapshots, an online interactive resource that evaluates each State and the District of Columbia on more than 250 health care quality and access measures. Based on data from AHRQ’s QDR, the updated 2016 State Snapshots can help guide quality improvement efforts at the State level by policymakers, health systems, public health advocates and clinicians. 

Online Tool Provides Inventory of Measures for Use With All Payer Claims Database

A new online inventory from AHRQ provides access to more than 300 health care costs, utilization and quality measures. Based on a literature review and environmental scan, the sortable inventory is intended to augment the use of all-payer claims databases (APCDs), which are large State databases of medical, pharmacy and dental claims, as well as eligibility and provider files collected from private and public payers. The new inventory is intended to help researchers, State health officials, health system administrators and others identify measurement tools that can be used with APCD data for public reporting; identify key measurement gaps or barriers in advancing transparency efforts; and develop, standardize and refine future measures. Access the inventory and information about APCDs.

New Research and Evidence From AHRQ

National Cancer Institute Seeks Feedback on Web Portal

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is seeking participants for an online evaluation survey intended to support cancer control and prevention efforts. Survey responses will provide feedback on NCI’s Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. (Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based Tools), a Web portal that offers access to data and resources to help planners, program staff and researchers design, implement and evaluate evidence-based cancer control programs. Responses to the 5-10 minute survey will remain anonymous.

AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Emergence of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains in the neonatal intensive care unit: an infection prevention and patient safety challenge. Reich PJ, Boyle MG, Hogan PG, et al. Clin Microbiol Infect 2016 Jul;22(7):645.e1-8. Epub 2016 Apr 25. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Serum urate gene associations with incident gout, measured in the Framingham Heart Study, are modified by renal disease and not by body mass index. Reynolds RJ, Vazquez AI, Srinivasasainagendra V, et al. Rheumatol Int 2016 Feb;36(2):263-70. Epub 2015 Oct 1. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Information needs for making clinical recommendations about potential drug-drug interactions: a synthesis of literature review and interviews. Romagnoli KM, Nelson SD, Hines L, et al. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak 2017 Feb 22;17(1):21. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Practice gaps in pruritus. Silverberg JI. Dermatol Clin 2016 Jul;34(3):257-61. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Does rural residence impact total ankle arthroplasty utilization and outcomes? Singh JA, Ramachandaran R. Clin Rheumatol 2016 Feb;35(2):381-86. Epub 2015 Mar 15. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Association between atopic dermatitis and extracutaneous infections in US adults. Strom MA, Silverberg JI. Br J Dermatol 2016 Feb;176(2):495-97. Epub 2016 Oct 17. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Utilization of preventive health care in adults and children with eczema. Strom MA, Silverberg JI. Am J Prev Med 2016 Feb;50(2):e33-44. Epub 2015 Nov 4. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Assessing wire navigation performance in the operating room. Taylor LK, Thomas GW, Karam MD, et al. J Surg Educ 2016 Sep-Oct;73(5):780-87. Epub 2016 May 12. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

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