New Funding Opportunity Aimed at Implementing Effective Strategies to Identify, Treat Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Issue 634
AHRQ News Now is a weekly newsletter that highlights agency research and program activities.
October 2, 2018

AHRQ Stats: Growth in Medicaid Coverage for Pediatric Emergency Care

From 2007 to 2015, the number of pediatric emergency department visits covered by Medicaid increased more than 50 percent. (Source: AHRQ, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #242: Overview of Pediatric Emergency Department Visits, 2015.)

Today's Headlines:

New Funding Opportunity Aimed at Implementing Effective Strategies to Identify, Treat Unhealthy Alcohol Use

A new Funding Opportunity Announcement from AHRQ seeks applications for increasing the dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research findings in primary care practices to identify and manage patients’ unhealthy alcohol use. Nearly a third of Americans report unhealthy alcohol use, but few receive treatment. AHRQ anticipates investing up to $13.5 million over three years to support up to six awards. Grant applicants must propose a comprehensive plan to improve the identification and management of unhealthy alcohol use among adults, including screening and brief intervention and medication-assisted therapy. Applications will be accepted beginning Dec. 4 and are due Jan. 4, 2019. Potential applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent. A technical assistance call Oct. 24 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET will provide a summary of the initiative and address frequently asked questions. Access additional information on submitting a letter of intent, registering for the technical assistance call and submitting questions in advance of the call. For questions, email

AHRQ Views Blog Post: Preventing One Million Heart Attacks and Strokes by 2022

Bob McNellis, M.P.H., P.A., AHRQ's senior advisor for primary care, sounds the urgent message that despite considerable progress in reducing the burden of heart disease and stroke in the United States over the past 50 years, much work remains to be done. The impacts are quantified in a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs article that shows preventable cardiovascular events vary considerably among states. The article is based on data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, as well as statistics from the CDC. The new blog post underscores AHRQ's ongoing commitment to Million Hearts® 2022, a national strategy to prevent one million heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular disease events by 2022.

Oct. 31 Deadline Set for Articles in Special Journal About Data’s Potential To Drive Health System Transformation

Articles about research that leverages data as a driver of health system transformation are due Oct. 31 for a special AHRQ-sponsored issue of AcademyHealth’s open-access, peer-reviewed journal, eGEMS. The publication will highlight new data insights and capabilities to help prepare for rapid changes related to how researchers, clinicians, patients, policymakers and others use data to transform health care. AHRQ is interested in traditional general hypothesis testing, predictive analytics research and case studies that showcase frontline innovations within health systems. Access additional details about the special issue.

Register Now for Nov. 4–6 Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference in New Orleans

Registration is open for the Diagnostic Error in Medicine 11th Annual International Conference Nov.4–6 in New Orleans. The AHRQ-sponsored conference will bring together physicians, patients, nurses, health care professionals, researchers, institutional leaders and policymakers to showcase recent innovations to reduce errors and improve the diagnostic process. A 2015 National Academies report, Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare, recommended developing and deploying approaches to identify, learn from and reduce diagnostic errors and near misses in clinical practice. The 2018 conference will be focused on this recommendation; this year’s theme is “Innovating to Improve Diagnosis.”

AHRQ Grantee Profile: Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., Uses Simulated Health Care Environments To Improve Patient Safety

The latest AHRQ grantee profile explores how Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University School of Architecture, uses AHRQ funding to develop and test practical tools that hospital design teams can use to create safer health care environments. In her current project, Dr. Joseph and her team simulated a hands-on operating room environment to help facility designers identify conditions that impact patient and caregiver safety, such as room size, table location, anesthesia-related alarms and communications, intra-room zoning, traffic flow and the size and placement of door openings. Visit her profile and those of other AHRQ grantees who have made major advances in health services research.

Study Analyzes Reasons Public-Sector Health Premiums Are Higher Than Those in Private Sector

Health insurance premiums for state and local government employees were 14 to 19 percent higher than those for private-sector employees in 2014, a new AHRQ-coauthored study has found. The study, published in Monthly Labor Review, analyzed data from AHRQ’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Insurance Component and the U.S. Census Bureau to pinpoint the reason for the gap. While differences in health plan characteristics (such as benefit generosity) explained part of the difference, the authors found that other factors including differences in the age, gender and marital status of workers also played a role, sometimes a larger one than health plan characteristics. Access the abstract.

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).

Register Now for Oct. 19–20 Conference on Health Information Technology

Registration is open for the Oct. 19–20 Conference on Health IT & Analytics, an annual research summit and doctoral consortium featuring presentations by prominent scholars, policymakers and clinical leaders. This year’s conference, supported by AHRQ, will take place in Washington, D.C., and is expected to attract more than 100 participants and presenters from more than three dozen institutions. Access additional information about the conference and AHRQ’s Health Information Technology funding opportunities.

AHRQ Releases 2016 Kids’ Inpatient Database

AHRQ has released its newest Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), the largest publicly available, all-payer pediatric inpatient care database in the United States. The 2016 KID includes a full calendar year of hospital discharge data from more than two million hospital stays reported using the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding system. The resource, part of AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), is designed to develop national and regional estimates for pediatric hospitalization and for conducting analyses of rare conditions. Applications are available to purchase HCUP nationwide and state-level databases through the HCUP Central Distributor. 

AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Utilization and predictors of expectant management among elderly men with low- and intermediate-risk localized prostate cancer in U.S. urological practice. Tsai HT, Philips G, Taylor KL, et al. Urol Pract 2017 Mar;4(2):132-9. Access the abstract at PubMed®.

Associations of hospice disenrollment and hospitalization with continuous home care provision. Wang SY, Dang W, Aldridge MD, et al. Med Care 2017 Sep;55(9):848-55. Access the abstract at PubMed®.

Prescription patterns and costs of acne/rosacea medications in Medicare patients vary by prescriber specialty. Zhang M, Silverberg JI, Kaffenberger BH. J Am Acad Dermatol 2017 Sep;77(3):448-55.e2. Epub 2017 Jun 23. Access the abstract at PubMed®.

Failure to diagnose hyperparathyroidism in 10,432 patients with hypercalcemia: opportunities for system-level intervention to increase surgical referrals and cure. Balentine CJ, Xie R, Kirklin JK, et al. Ann Surg 2017 Oct;266(4):632-40. Access the abstract at PubMed®. 

Surgical technical evidence review for colorectal surgery conducted for the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery. Ban KA, Gibbons MM, Ko CY, et al. J Am Coll Surg 2017 Oct;225(4):548-57.e3. Epub 2017 Aug 7. Access the abstract at PubMed®.

Do safety culture scores in nursing homes depend on job role and ownership? Results from a national survey. Banaszak-Holl J, Reichert H, Todd Greene M, et al. J Am Geriatr Soc 2017 Oct;65(10):2244-50. Epub 2017 Aug 28. Access the abstract at PubMed®.

Sex differences in rt-PA utilization at hospitals treating stroke: the National Inpatient Sample. Boehme AK, Carr BG, Kasner SE, et al. Front Neurol 2017 Sep 27;8:500. eCollection 2017. Access the abstract at PubMed®.

Early head start, pediatric dental use, and oral health-related quality of life. Burgette JM, Preisser JS, Weinberger M, et al. JDR Clin Trans Res 2017 Oct;2(4):353-62. Epub 2017 May 18. Access the abstract at PubMed®.

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