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February 11, 2000, Issue No. 1


AHRQ News and Numbers

Today's Headlines:

  1. We have a new name and a new on-line resource—The AHRQ Electronic Newsletter!
  2. AHRQ Reauthorization
  3. President's FY 2001 Budget Request for AHRQ
  4. Information on Medical Errors
  5. New RFA on Practice Networks
  6. Time Running out to Submit Grant Applications
  7. Sixth Annual Building Bridges Conference
  8. New Child Health Report
  9. Stable Angina Evidence Report
  10. Are You over 50 Years Old?
  11. New RFP on Integrated Delivery System Research Network

1.  We have a new name and a new on-line resource—The AHRQ Electronic Newsletter!

Welcome to our first issue. The AHRQ Electronic Newsletter will be published periodically by the Agency to make important news and information available to you in a timely fashion. By design, this newsletter is brief. It promises concise descriptions of information from key Agency activities and research. For the reader who desires more in-depth information, there are links to more detailed material. Select http://www.ahrq.gov to access the Agency's homepage.

2.  AHRQ Reauthorization

On December 6, 1999, President Clinton signed Public Law 106-129, which reauthorized the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) for 6 years and renamed the agency AHRQ (pronounced ARC). In addition to the new name, a number of substantive changes were made to our mandate. Select to access a summary of these changes. Select to access the entire bill as passed by Congress.

3.  President's FY 2001 Budget Request For AHRQ

On February 7, the President submitted to Congress the budget for Fiscal Year 2001. The request for AHRQ is $250m, 22.6% above the FY 2000 Budget. This includes $20m for research on medical errors. Select to access the Justification for Budget Estimates for Appropriations Committees.

4.  Information on Medical Errors

Since the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report was issued on November 29, 1999, there have been a number of significant activities in this area. Our Web site provides one-stop-shopping for information on medical errors and patient safety. We have links to the IOM press release that highlights the full report; President Clinton's remarks in response to the IOM report, including his executive order directing a federal task force to evaluate the IOM's recommendations; Dr. Eisenberg's Senate testimony; and much more. Select to access this information.

5.  New RFA on Practice Networks

On January 31, AHRQ announced the availability of exploratory grants to support one-year planning efforts by new or established primary care practice-based research networks (PBRNs). PBRNs are groups of ambulatory practices devoted principally to the primary care of patients, affiliated with each other in order to investigate questions related to community-based practice. The deadline for applications is April 27. Select for more information.

6.  Time Running out to Submit Grant Applications

7.  Sixth Annual Building Bridges Conference

The Building Bridges Conference, a collaboration by the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and AHRQ, aims at fostering communication and collaboration between health services researchers and health plans to improve quality of care.

8.  New Child Health Report

On January 10, AHRQ released a new report that says asthma, injuries, and mental health problems account for more hospitalizations of children over five years of age than any other condition, while preschoolers and infants need hospital care mostly for infections and birth-related problems. Youth aged 15 to 17 are hospitalized mostly for problems related to pregnancy and childbearing. The report also indicates that youth in the same age bracket who are uninsured are the most likely not to have a usual source of health care and the least likely to use office-based medical providers, such as pediatricians and family practice doctors.

9.  Stable Angina Evidence Report

On February 1, AHRQ released a new evidence report prepared by the University of California, San Francisco-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center. Among the many findings is that beta-blockers are associated with fewer episodes of angina when compared with calcium antagonists in general and with nifedipine in particular. Select to access the summary.

10.  Are You over 50 Years Old?

On January 26, AHRQ released the newest product in our Put Prevention into Practice Program. Staying Healthy at 50+ was developed in partnership with AARP and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The booklet includes tips and recommendations on health habits, screening tests, and immunizations to help people age 50 and older stay healthy. Designed to encourage patients to actively participate in their preventive care, Staying Health at 50+ includes easy-to-use charts to help track personal health information, questions to ask health care providers, and other sources for health information. For copies, call (800) 358-9295.

11.  New RFP on Integrated Delivery System Research Network

On February 10, AHRQ announced that it is seeking research partners for its new Integrated Delivery System Research Network (IDSRN) for conducting high-priority projects on a fast track. A synopsis of the Request for Proposals (RFP) was published in the February 8 online issue of the Commerce Business Daily. Select to access the synopsis. The RFP is open to managed care plans, vertically integrated hospital systems, large physician group practices, and other health care organizations with research and data capabilities. These health systems are encouraged to collaborate with academic institutions, consulting firms or other research organizations in submitting a proposal.

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