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February 23, 2000, Issue No. 2

AHRQ News and Numbers

Today's Headlines:

  1. Medical Errors on the Hill
  2. On to the White House
  3. PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
  4. Medical Errors 20 Tips for Patients
  5. AHRQ Budget for FY 2001
  6. New RFA on Domestic Violence
  7. New Technology Assessment Director
  8. Highlights from our Monthly Publication, Research Activities
  9. Recent JAMA Article on Endotracheal Intubation
  10. In Case You Missed It—CAHPS® 2.0

1.  Medical Errors on the Hill

On February 22, Dr. Eisenberg testified before a joint hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee and the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee. As the operating chair of the Federal Quality Interagency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force charged with developing the government's response to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Dr. Eisenberg presented the QuIC's four-part strategy.

2.  On to the White House

Immediately following the Senate Hearing, President Clinton held an event at the White House to accept the QuIC report.

3.  PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Dr. Eisenberg represented the QuIC on PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on the evening of February 22.

4.  Medical Errors 20 Tips for Patients

AHRQ has produced a fact sheet with practical, research-based tips to help people protect themselves from errors in their health care. Select to access the fact sheet.

5.  AHRQ Budget for FY 2001

Select to access the President's Budget Justification submitted to Congress on February 7.

6.  New RFA on Domestic Violence

On February 22, AHRQ announced that it is seeking proposals to conduct research on domestic violence against women. The deadline for applications is April 27. For more information select here.

7.  New Technology Assessment Director

On February 14, Deborah A. Zarin, M.D., was named the director of AHRQ's Technology Assessment Program within the Center for Practice and Technology Assessment.

8.  Highlights from our Monthly Publication, Research Activities

The most recent Research Activities is in the mail. The key articles are:

  1. Elderly heart attack patients who have multiple health problems may not receive prompt clot-busting treatment.
  2. Therapy can be intensified for the majority of patients with inadequate glycemic control.
  3. Primary care physicians should counsel parents of young children about drowning prevention.
  4. Access to second medical opinions is determined in part by sociocultural factors and type of insurance.

Select to access the entire January issue.

9.  Recent JAMA Article on Endotracheal Intubation

A joint HRSA/AHRQ study published in the February 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that paramedics should stop using intubation to resuscitate children after finding that a simple artificial respiration method saves the lives of children who have stopped breathing as well as the more risky intubation procedure. Select to access the press release.

10.  In Case You Missed It—CAHPS® 2.0

On January 18, AHRQ released the CAHPS® 2.0 Survey and Reporting Kit. The new kit has updated versions of all questionnaires, reporting templates, and a computer program for analyzing CAHPS® data. In addition to the updates, the CAHPS® package is streamlined by providing all the elements on three CD-ROMs.

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