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Health Information Technology (IT) FOAs

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Health Information Technology (IT) FOAs

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Slide 1: Health Information Technology (IT) FOAs

Technical Assistance Conference Call
January 13, 2009
This slide and all following slides have the logo of the Department of Health and Human Services and the logo of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Advancing Excellence in Health Care, followed by the AHRQ web URL: http://www.ahrq.gov.

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Slide 2: Conference Call Agenda

  • Objective of TA call (2 minutes)
  • Overview of three AHRQ-sponsored Health IT FOAs (dates, funding levels, page limits; 10 minutes)
  • Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) for Health IT Focused K-awards and R36
  • Common requirements across three Health IT FOAs (20 minutes)
  • FOA-specific Issues
    • R03 (15 minutes)
    • R21 (5 minutes)
    • R18 (10 minutes)
  • Frequently asked questions (10 minutes)
  • Open forum (50 minutes)

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Slide 3: Objective of TA Call

Highlight information in the FOAs and provide clarification, if necessary.
Transcript of TA call will be posted by January 23 at http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/process/grantix.html

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Slide 4: AHRQ Health IT FOAs

Small Research Grant to Improve Healthcare Quality through Health IT (R03) FOA (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-268.html )
Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health IT (R21) FOA
(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-269.html)
Utilizing Health IT to Improve Health Care Quality Grant (R18) FOA (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-270.html)

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Slide 5: Overview of AHRQ-Sponsored Health IT FOAs http://healthit.ahrq.gov/healthitfoas

Small Research Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health IT (R03) PAR-08-268:

  • Authorized Duration: 9/25/2008 – 11/17/2011
  • Earliest submission date to Grants.gov*: Jan 16, 2009
  • Recurring Due Dates (new applications): Feb 16, June 16, Oct 16
  • Maximum Project Period: 2 years
  • Total Costs (TC) over grant lifetime: $100,000
  • Max TC in a given year: $100,000/yr
  • Part D. Research Plan: 15-page limitation
  • No. of Resubmissions: 1
  • Page limit for Intro in resubmission: 1
  • Recurring Due Dates for resubmissions: March 16, July 16, Nov 16

Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health IT (R21) PAR-08-269

  • Authorized Duration: 9/25/2008 – 11/17/2011
  • Earliest submission date to Grants.gov*: Jan 16, 2009
  • Recurring Due Dates (new applications): Feb 16, June 16, Oct 16
  • Maximum Project Period: 2 years
  • Total Costs (TC) over grant lifetime: $300,000
  • Max TC in a given year: $200,000/yr
  • Part D. Research Plan: 20-page limitation
  • No. of Resubmissions: 2
  • Page limit for Intro in resubmission: 2
  • Recurring Due Dates for resubmissions: March 16, July 16, Nov 16

Utilizing Health IT to Improve Health Care Quality (R18) PAR-08-270

  • Authorized Duration: 9/25/2008 – 11/17/2011
  • Earliest submission date to Grants.gov*: Dec 26, 2008
  • Recurring Due Dates (new applications): Jan 25, May 25, Sept 25
  • Maximum Project Period: 3 years
  • Total Costs (TC) over grant lifetime: $1.2 mil
  • Max TC in a given year: $500,000/yr
  • Part D. Research Plan: 25-page limitation
  • No. of Resubmissions: 2
  • Page limit for Intro in resubmission: 3
  • Recurring Due Dates for resubmissions: Jan 25, May 25, Sept 25

Electronic submission of Adobe application package is required; FOAs revised December 2008 to include new form links see FOAs and NOT-OD-08-117

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Slide 6: SEN for Health IT Focused K-Awards and R36

Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) NOT-HS-08-014 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-08-014.html)
Career-Awards (K-awards):
Mentored Clinical Scientist (K08)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-07-443.html
Mentored Research Scientist (K01)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-022.html
Independent Scientist (K02)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-07-444.html
Grants for HSR Dissertation (R36)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-118.html

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Slide 7: Common Requirements Across Health IT FOAs

Examples of Health IT
Research Areas
Research Settings
Health IT Intervention
Software, Hardware, and/or Equipment Purchases
Plan for Privacy and Security
SF424 (R&R) Electronic Submission
Eligible Institutions
Principal Investigator

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Slide 8: Examples of Health IT

Electronic medical records (EMR)
Electronic health records (EHR)
Personal health records (PHR)
Clinical alerts and reminders
Computerized provider order entry (CPOE)
Computerized clinical-decision support (CDS)
Consumer health informatics (CHI) applications
Electronic exchange of health information (HIE)

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Slide 9: Research Areas

Grant must focus on Health IT's implementation and use to improve healthcare by addressing at least one of these areas:

  • Medication management
  • Patient-centered care, including coordination of care and use of electronic exchange of information
  • Health care decisionmaking through use of integrated data and knowledge management

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Slide 10: Appropriate Research Settings:

For purposes of the new FOAs, ambulatory care settings include:

  • Health care clinician offices
  • Outpatient clinics and outpatient mental health centers
  • Outpatient substance abuse centers
  • Urgent care centers
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Community-based school or occupational health centers
  • Safety-net clinics, pharmacies, or homes
  • Independent living centers and long-term residential care facilities

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Slide 11: Nonresponsive Research Settings

Applications that feature health IT implementation in a nonambulatory setting such as a hospital (emergency department), skilled nursing facility, or inpatient mental health facility, for purposes other than facilitating transitions in care to and from an ambulatory setting, will be considered nonresponsive to these FOAs and will not be reviewed.

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Slide 12: Health IT Intervention

Detailed description. Describe interface with preexisting health IT, if any. If possible, health IT intervention should conform to Federal and other interoperability standards and use certified products (see http://www.cchit.org).  If not feasible, provide an explanation. This is not reflected in priority score.

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Slide 13: Software, Hardware, and/or Equipment Purchases

In combination, such purchases are expected to be less than 20% of total costs of project over its duration. May include modest incremental software development for new settings or improved functionality. If such funds are in excess of 20%, explicit justification is required.

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Slide 14; At End of Section D. Research Methods: Identify if Privacy and Security (P & S) Plan is Necessary

Yes:

  • Public or nonprofit private institution
  • Provide a concise summary of the planned resources and processes to be used to address P and S issues in the development and implementation, and/or use of the health IT intervention
  • Provide full description of P & S Plan in Appendix A.

No:

  • Provide justification.
    • P & S Plans are anticipated for all Health IT R18 proposals and most Health IT R21 proposals.
    • P & S Plans may not be necessary for some Health IT R03 proposals, e.g., secondary data analyses and retrospective economic analyses.
  • P & S Plan would not be expected in Appendix A.

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Slide 15: SF424(R&R): Electronic Submission

All applications must be submitted electronically.
Please see FOA for instructions on how to obtain electronic forms and register your institution and PI.
December 8, 2008, SF242 Guide updated:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424_RR_Guide_General_Adobe_VerA.pdf
New Form Requirements: Adobe Reader 8.1.3, or 9.0 required to open forms (See eGOV slides in Reference section).

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Slide 16: AHRQ Does Not Accept Modular Budgets

AHRQ accepts only the detailed research and related budget. Do not use the PHS 398 modular budget. Applications submitted in modular budget format will not be reviewed.

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Slide 17: Eligible Institutions

You may submit an application if your organization is: a) a public or nonprofit private institution including nonprofit health care organizations, universities, colleges, and faith-based or community-based organizations; b) a unit of local or State government or eligible Agency of the Federal Government; or c) an Indian/Native American Tribal Government or Tribally Designated Organization.
For-profit organizations are not eligible to lead applications.
Foreign institutions are not eligible to apply.

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Slide 18: Principal Investigator (PI)

PI may come from a variety of background areas. PI should devote a considerable portion of time to the project. If less than 20% of time will be devoted, the application must include an explicit justification. Applications should describe PI responsibilities and background.

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Slide 19: FOA-Specific Issues

Small Research Grant to Improve Healthcare Quality through Health IT (R03) FOA
Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health IT (R21) FOA
Utilizing Health IT to Improve Health Care Quality Grant (R18) FOA

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Slide 20: Health IT R03 FOA

Wide variety of research designs in order to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care through implementation and use:

  • Small pilot and feasibility or self-contained health IT research projects
  • Secondary data analysis of health IT research
  • Economic (prospective or retrospective) analyses of health IT implementation

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Slide 21: Small pilot and feasibility or self-contained health IT project

Inform future development of health IT, strategies for health IT research, or implementation activities
Preparatory work

  • Proof of concept studies
  • Needs assessments
  • Development of new health IT applications
  • Development or validation of research methodology

PI not expected to be extensively published or have prior leadership in research project

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Slide 22: Secondary data analysis of health IT research

Designed to generate insight regarding facilitators and barriers to health IT implementation through evaluation of factors impacting utilization and implementation (e.g., setting characteristics, workflow, and integration with preexisting health IT).
May test new hypotheses or synthesize existing data derived elsewhere

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Slide 23: Secondary data analysis of health IT research (continued)

Additional Requirements:

  • Identify source of data and discuss completeness, reliability, and accuracy of the data.
  • Analyses may be related to but must be distinct from the specific aims of the original data collection and analytical plan.
  • Describe the data and conditions (e.g., availability, costs) for data use.
  • Additional information may be collected to supplement data set; data collection must be well described and justified.

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Slide 24: Economic analyses of health IT implementation

Must focus on specific health IT implementation project:

  • Sponsored by AHRQ or others
  • Concurrent (prospective) economic analysis: identify concurrent health IT R18 implementation project
  • Retrospective economic analysis: identify predecessor health IT implementation project
  • Describe data and conditions for use

Designed to conduct sound economic evaluations of health IT implementation and use.
Consider to whom benefits accrue.
Include evaluation of financial and nonfinancial costs and benefits of a companion health IT implementation project.

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Slide 25: R03 Submission Requirements

Submission requirements (Section IV.6) and review criteria (Section V) vary depending on the type of small research being proposed.

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Slide 26: R03 Submission Requirements

  • Specific Aims
  • Background and Significance
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Health IT Intervention
  • Software, Hardware, and/or Equipment Purchases
  • Personnel
  • Project Administration
  • Dissemination
  • Additional requirements for secondary data analysis of health IT research
  • Additional requirements for economic analysis of health IT implementation
  • Budget
  • Privacy and Security Protections
  • Plan for Protection of Human Subjects
  • Priority Populations
  • Resubmission: Once, One-page Introduction

Note: Bolded text indicates FOA-specific requirements

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Slide 27: RO3 Review Criteria

  • Significance
  • Approach (special requirements by type of R03 study)
  • Innovation
  • Investigators
  • Environment
  • Privacy and Security Protections
  • Inclusion
  • Protection of Human Subjects
  • Budget
  • Resubmission

Note: Bolded text indicates FOA-specific requirements

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Slide 28: FOA-specific Issues

Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health IT (R21) FOA

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Slide 29: Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health IT (R21)

This R21 mechanism (PAR-08-269) supports the conduct of short-term preparatory, pilot, or feasibility studies that are needed to inform future health IT implementation which may include but is not limited to the conduct of a health IT research demonstration grant.
The R21 grants are more comprehensive and broader in scope than the small, self-contained health IT research projects supported by the health IT R03 FOA.

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Slide 30: Health IT R21 Requirements

  • Specific Aims
  • Background and Significance
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Health IT Intervention
  • Software, Hardware, and/or Equipment Purchases
  • Personnel: PI is not expected or required to be extensively published or have extensive experience in leadership capacity as expected for R18 or R01
  • Project Administration
  • Dissemination
  • Budget
  • Privacy and Security Protections
  • Plan for Protection of Human Subjects
  • Priority Populations
  • Resubmission: Twice, Two-page Introduction

Note: Bolded text indicates FOA-specific requirements

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Slide 31: Health IT R21 Review Criteria

  • Significance
  • Approach
  • Innovation
  • Investigators
  • Environment
  • Privacy & Security Protections
  • Inclusion
  • Protection of Human Subjects
  • Budget
  • Resubmission

Note: Bolded text indicates FOA-specific requirements

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Slide 32: FOA-specific Issues

Utilizing Health IT to Improve Health Care Quality Grant (R18) FOA

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Slide 33: Utilizing Health IT to Improve Health Care Quality Grant (R18)

This R18 mechanism (PAR-08-270) supports demonstration research grants that rigorously study health IT implementation and are used to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care in ambulatory settings and in the transitions between care settings.

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Slide 34: Health IT R18 Requirements

  • Specific Aims
  • Background and Significance
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Health IT Intervention
  • Software, Hardware, and/or Equipment Purchases
  • Personnel
  • Project Administration
  • Dissemination
  • Budget
  • Privacy and Security Protections
  • Plan for Protection of Human Subjects
  • Priority Populations
  • Resubmission: Twice, 3-page Introduction

Note: Bolded text indicates FOA-specific requirements

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Slide 35: Health IT R18 Review Criteria

  • Significance
  • Approach
  • Innovation
  • Investigators
  • Environment
  • Privacy and Security Protections
  • Inclusion
  • Protection of Human Subjects
  • Budget
  • Resubmission

Note: Bolded text indicates FOA-specific requirements

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Slide 36: Frequently Asked Questions

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Slide 37; Can there be Co-PIs?

No. AHRQ requires that the lead institution designate one and only one individual as the project's principal investigator.

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Slide 38: Will AHRQ accept unsolicited additional materials during initial peer review phase?

AHRQ's policy is to review applications as received by the application receipt date.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-08-012.html

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Slide 39: Who will review the Health IT applications?

The Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations (OEREP) is in charge of assigning applications to initial peer review groups.
As appropriate, OEREP will assign an application to an AHRQ Standing Review Group (SRG) or Special Emphasis Panel.

OEREP's Division of Scientific Review will invite additional experts to serve as ad hoc reviewers, as needed.

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Slide 40: Are nonprofit entities eligible to apply if they do not have a 501(c)3 status?

Nonprofit organizations are eligible.
You do not have to be 501(c)3 status, but you cannot be 501(c)4 status. Organizations described in section 501(c)4 of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying are not eligible for Federal funding.

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Slide 41: Allowable Health Care Settings

Mobile Van: A health IT study for which ambulatory care is being provided in a mobile van would be considered responsive to these FOAs.
AmbulanceYes: A health IT studyfor which the patient is being transported between ambulatory settings or from a hospital to an ambulatory setting would be considered responsive to these FOAs, because the level of care provided is commensurate with the level of care provided in ambulatory settings, as specified in these FOAs.
Ambulance—No: A health IT study for which the patient is being transported to the Emergency Department to receive acute care would not be considered responsive to these FOAs, because the ambulance is in essence an extension of the acute care provided in the hospital.

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Slide 42: Allowable Overnight Care Settings

Describe the type of care provided to patients so that it is clear that it is commensurate with the level of care that would be provided in the ambulatory settings specified for these FOAs.

  • Assisted living settings: In general, an assisted living setting where there is low level or intermittent care provided COULD be responsive to the FOAs, if the low level of care is clearly demonstrated.
  • Nonskilled nursing beds within a skilled nursing home:We had not intended for the care setting to be a subsection of nonskilled nursing beds within a skilled nursing facility. Such a care setting would NOT be considered responsive to this health IT FOA because it is not seeking to understand health IT implementation and use in an ambulatory setting.

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Slide 43: Allowable Overnight Care Settings

Would a study that focuses on health IT implementation in dementia care facilities be allowable? Given the continuum of types of care (and facilities) that could be provided for a patient with dementia, it is possible that an overnight facility treating dementia patients might meet the spirit of the "ambulatory setting." For example, an assisted living facility providing patients with low level or intermittent care would be considered responsive to the FOAs. However, an overnight facility providing a high level of care (such as a skilled nursing facility) for the monitoring or treatment of patients with dementia would not be considered responsive.

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Slide 44: AHRQ National Resource Center for Health IT

http://healthit.ahrq.gov

  • Events
  • AHRQ-funded Projects
  • Health IT Tools
  • Knowledge Library
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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Slide 45: Ground Rules for Open Forum

The conference call operator will put you in a queue based on call order.
Please keep your questions brief.
We will try to keep responses brief.
Questions that are very specific to a particular institution or situation will not be addressed; these can be discussed individually with a Project Officer from AHRQ at a later time.
If you do not get an opportunity to ask a question, please e-mail your question to HealthITGrants@ahrq.hhs.gov

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Slide 46: Transcript of TA Call

A Transcript of the TA call will be posted by January 23 at http://www.ahrq.gov/fund/grantix.htm

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Slide 47: References

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Slide 48: AHRQ contacts

For additional technical assistance, please contact an AHRQ staff person who will be glad to provide technical assistance:
Health IT Scientific/Research Issues: Angela Lavanderos: HealthITGrants@ahrq.hhs.gov
Career Awards: Kay Anderson: Kay.Anderson@ahrq.hhs.gov
Dissertation Grants: Brenda Harding: Brenda.Harding@ahrq.hhs.gov
Peer Review Issues: Kish Wadhwani: Kishena.Wadhwani@ahrq.hhs.gov
Financial/Grant Management Issues: Sherry Cochran: Sherry.Cochran@ahrq.hhs.gov

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Slide 49: AHRQ Web sites

Grants Process (http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/process/grconix.htm)

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Slide 50: eGOV Transition Resources

NIH Electronic Submission of Grant Applications Web site: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/
Grants.gov Web site (Applicant Resources): http://grants.gov/applicants/app_help_reso.jsp

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Slide 51: Tips to ensure eGOV submission success

Check http://www.Grants.gov for help on settings to ensure the application reader opens in the correct version of Adobe.
More information at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/avoiding_errors.htm

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Slide 52: Support for e-submission

Contact Grants.gov Contact Center for questions on form functionality or submission of the forms to Grants.gov. E-mail: support@grants.gov; Phone: 1-800-518-4726
eRA Help Desk at NIH for post submission questions or technical issues that threaten receipt of your application. Document technical issues and provide NIH with the contact center tracking number. Web support: http://ithelpdesk.nih.gov/eRA/; Phone: 1-866-504-9552 or 301-402-7469.

Current as of January 2009
Internet Citation: Health Information Technology (IT) FOAs: Slide Presentation. January 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/funding/tacall/tacfoahit011309.html

 

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