PSOs reduce the incidence of adverse patient events.
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Helping to move PCOR evidence into practice


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)'s programs offer practical information to help a variety of health care organizations, providers, and others make care safer in all health care settings.

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The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 authorizes AHRQ to list or designate entities as PSOs that attest to having expertise in identifying the causes of, and interventions to reduce the risk of, threats to the quality and safety of patient care. The primary activity of an entity or component organization seeking to be listed as a PSO must be to conduct activities to improve patient safety and health care quality.
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The patient-centered medical home is a promising model for transforming the organization and delivery of primary care. This website features evidence, examples, and lessons learned from primary care practices that have transformed their approach to organizing and delivering care. Policymakers, researchers, practices, and practice facilitators can access evidence-based resources about the medical home and its potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. health care.
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PCOR compares the impact of two or more preventive, diagnostic, treatment, or health care delivery approaches on health outcomes, including those that are meaningful to patients. Congress instructed AHRQ to invest in four specific activities: Disseminate findings from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and Government-funded entities that sponsor research on comparative clinical effectiveness, develop a publicly available resource that collects government-funded evidence and research from public, private, not-for-profit, and academic sources, support the incorporation of research findings into health information technologies associated with clinical decision support, and award training grants to develop the skills of researchers to build capacity for future comparative effectiveness research.
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Together, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) serve more than 43 million children annually, representing more than 1 in 3 children in the United States. Medicaid/CHIP play a key role in ensuring that low-income children get health care coverage, access to a comprehensive set of benefits, and other medically necessary services. The AHRQ-CMS Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) is a central component to the overall HHS strategy for implementing Public Law 111-3, the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), to support State Medicaid/CHIP agencies in collecting and reporting on a core set of standardized child health quality measures (“Initial Core Set” now called the “Child Core Set”) in alignment with other quality measures collected by states, health plans, and providers. The primary goal for the Child Core Set—and, more broadly, the implementation of pediatric quality measures—is to achieve better care, a healthier population, and affordable care as identified in the HHS National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care.
Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs)
PBRNs are groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. PBRNs engage clinicians in quality improvement activities and an evidence-based culture in primary care practice to improve the health of all Americans.
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AHRQ’s Prevention/Care Management Portfolio works to improve the delivery of primary care services to meet the needs of the American population for high quality, safe, effective, and efficient clinical prevention and chronic disease care.
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The primary care system currently has significant—and perhaps unprecedented—opportunities to emphasize quality improvement and practice redesign in ways that could fundamentally improve health care in the United States.
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This page has links to quality improvement measurement, tools, and information, including All-Payer Claims Databases and the AHRQ Quality and Safety Review System. ambulatory clinical performance measures, the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse, and TalkingQuality.
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The SRDR is an open-access repository of data abstracted from primary studies included in systematic reviews. It aims to improve the efficiency and transparency of updating systematic reviews by having a repository of data from previous systematic reviews in a readily-accessible and reusable format.
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The AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS™) program enables health care organizations to assess how their staff members’ perceive various aspects of patient safety culture in hospitals, medical offices, nursing homes, community pharmacies, and ambulatory surgery centers.