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October 25, 2002, Issue No. 75

AHRQ News and Numbers

The portion of private-sector companies that offered health insurance rose from 52.9 percent to 59.3 percent between 1996 and 2000. In 2000, almost 90 percent of all employees worked for firms that offered coverage, compared with 86.5 percent in 1996. [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Insurance Component, 2000.]

Today's Headlines:

  1. Task Force recommendations featured at hormone therapy meeting
  2. Transcript from Web chat on Hospital-CAHPS® project will be available soon
  3. Audiotapes available from September 13 Geographic Methods workshop
  4. Submit abstracts for Building Bridges conference
  5. Do you know how AHRQ's research is being used?
  6. Job openings at AHRQ
  7. New AHRQ publications
  8. AHRQ in the professional literature

1.  Task Force Recommendations Featured at Hormone Therapy Meeting

AHRQ Deputy Director Dr. Lisa Simpson and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Co-Chair Dr. Janet Allan addressed a major public meeting on hormone therapy at the National Institutes of Health on October 23-24. Dr. Allan presented the latest findings on hormone therapy from the Task Force. Select to access the findings. Dr. Simpson discussed plans for an HHS-wide collaboration to develop a tool that will help women and their clinicians decide whether hormone therapy is right for them.

2.  Transcript From Web chat on Hospital-CAHPS® Project Will be Available Soon

A transcript from AHRQ's live, interactive Web chat about the Hospital-CAHPS® project on October 24 will be available soon. Officials from AHRQ and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services answered questions from more than 175 people about the project, which will develop a survey instrument that will be used to measure and publicly report patients' hospital experiences. Questions about the project may continue to be submitted via E-mail to A transcript of the chat will be posted on the AHRQ Web site soon, and we'll provide information in an upcoming newsletter about how to access it.

3.  Audiotapes Available from September 13 Geographic Methods Workshop

On September 13, AHRQ sponsored a 1-day workshop that provided an overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) methods as applied to health services research; geographic measurement issues in health services research, including measures of urbanicity and rurality as well as geographically based shortage designation areas; and multi-level models. Audiotapes of the sessions, along with copies of the printed materials, are now available for $25 each through the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse. Please call 1-800-358-9295 or E-mail to request product number AHRQ 02-AV12.

4.  Submit Abstract for Building Bridges Conference

You are invited to submit abstracts for the 2003 Building Bridges conference to be held April 30-May 2 in Atlanta. The deadline for abstract submissions is Thursday, November 14, 2002.

5.  Do You Know How AHRQ's Research Is Being Used?

We are always looking for ways in which AHRQ-funded research, products, and tools have changed peoples' lives, influenced clinical practice, improved policies, and affected patient outcomes. Impact case studies describe AHRQ research findings in action. These case studies have been used in testimony, budget documents, and speeches. We would like to know if you are aware of any impact your research has had on health care policy, clinical practice, or patient outcomes. Contact AHRQ's Impact Case Studies Program at (301) 427-1243 with your impact stories.

6.  Job Openings at AHRQ

Select to access the complete list of vacancy announcements.

7.  New AHRQ Publications

Improving Health Care Quality

Health Care Costs

Cultural Competence Guides for Managed Care Plans

8.  AHRQ in the Professional Literature

We are providing the following hyperlinks to journal abstracts through PubMed® for your convenience. Unfortunately, some of you may not be able to access the abstracts because of firewalls or specific settings on your individual computer systems. If you are having problems, you should ask your technical support staff for possible remedies.

Farley DO, Elliott, MN, Short PF, et al. Effect of CAHPS® performance information on health plan choices by Iowa Medicaid beneficiaries. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Sep; 59(3):319-36. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Canto JG, Fincher C, Kiefe CI, et al. Atypical presentations among Medicare beneficiaries with unstable angina pectoris. Am J Cardiol 2002 Aug 1; 90(3):248-53. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Jones J, Terndrup TE, Franz DR, et al. Future challenges in preparing for and responding to bioterrorism events. Emerg Med Clinics North Am 2002 May; 20(2):501-24. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Orosz GM, Hannan EL, Magaziner J, et al. Hip fracture in the older patient: reasons for delay in hospitalization and timing of surgical repair. A Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Aug; 50(8):1336-40. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Califf RM. The need for a national infrastructure to improve the rational use of the therapeutics. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2002 Jun; 11(4):319-27. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

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