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Study Describes How Partnership for Patients Initiative Will Measure Improved Patient Safety

Issue 439
AHRQ's Electronic Newsletter summarizes Agency research and programmatic activities.
September 10, 2014

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From 2000 to 2010, inflation-adjusted total expenses for antidepressants among people age 65 and older increased nearly 126 percent, and the number of antidepressants purchased increased by 122 percent. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #430: Trends in Antidepressant Utilization and Expenditures in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population by Age, 2000 and 2010.)

Today's Headlines

  1. Study Describes How Partnership for Patients Initiative Will Measure Improved Patient Safety.
  2. CHIPRA Quality Demonstration States Test Children's Electronic Health Record Format.
  3. eGEMS Call for Papers: Improving User Interface To Improve Patient Outcomes.
  4. Register Now For September 10 Webinar on Strategies To Support Cooperation of Institutional Review Boards.
  5. Registration Open for September 10 and 17 HCUP Webinars.
  6. AHRQ in the Professional Literature.

1. Study Describes How Partnership for Patients Initiative Will Measure Improved Patient Safety

“An Overview of Measurement Activities in the Partnership for Patients,” published online with an abstract August 12 in the Journal of Patient Safety, describes the Partnership for Patients initiative’s measurement objectives. This national quality improvement initiative launched in 2011 is defined by two national goals: reducing the rate of preventable adverse events (e.g., healthcare-associated infections, pressure ulcers and adverse drug and obstetric events) by 40 percent and reducing the rate of 30-day hospital readmissions by 20 percent. AHRQ’s William B. Munier, M.D., and Noel Eldridge, M.S., are among the article’s authors, and the latest data are available on the AHRQ website. The Partnership for Patients is a collaborative effort across all agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including AHRQ, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration on Aging, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, other stakeholders—including providers, insurers, purchasers, employers and patients—are represented.

2. CHIPRA Quality Demonstration States Test Children's Electronic Health Record Format

AHRQ has published the 10th Evaluation Highlight from the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant Program, now available under What We Learned on the national evaluation website. This Highlight focuses on the roles of North Carolina and Pennsylvania in the evolution of the children’s electronic health record (EHR) format. Both states are using CHIPRA quality demonstration grant funds to test how well the format’s requirements support the provision of primary care to children and how readily the requirements can be incorporated into existing EHRs. The experiences and feedback from North Carolina and Pennsylvania have implications for states and other stakeholders interested in using EHRs as a tool for measuring and improving children’s health care quality. AHRQ is leading the national evaluation of the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services funds the evaluation. Contact the national evaluation team via email with questions or comments.

3. eGEMS Call for Papers: Improving User Interface To Improve Patient Outcomes

AHRQ and the Electronic Data Methods Forum have issued a call for papers for a special issue of Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes (eGEMs) titled “Evidence into Action: Improving User Interface to Improve Patient Outcomes.” Authors are encouraged to submit papers that examine conceptual models for development of user-friendly health information technology interfaces, innovative methods for usability testing and results of pilot or usability testing that demonstrate improved process outcomes. eGEMs is an open-access journal focused on using electronic clinical data to advance research and quality improvement, with the overall goal of improving patient and community outcomes. eGEMs facilitates the rapid dissemination of lessons learned from using electronic health data to advance research and quality improvement. eGEMs papers share important stories and strategies from the cutting edge of health information technology. The call for papers deadline is September 30.

4. Register Now For September 10 Webinar on Strategies To Support Cooperation of Institutional Review Boards

AHRQ is hosting a webinar on September 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. ET on various types of Institutional Review Board (IRB) cooperation that can be pursued to support practice-based research. The presenters will define and describe processes for ceding review to a lead IRB, serving as the IRB of record and participating in reliant IRB review. The presenters will also give examples of how practice-based research networks have successfully implemented these processes.

Presenters include:

  • Jeanette M. Daly, Ph.D., R.N., associate director, Iowa Research Network
  • Tabria Winer, M.P.H., coordinator, Shared Network of Collaborative Ambulatory Practices & Partners
  • LeAnn Michaels, network manager, Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network
  • Amanda Ross, administrative director, Collaborative Ohio Inquiry Network

The American Academy of Family Physicians will provide 1.25 elective continuing medical education credits for this live series activity, AHRQ Practice-Based Research Network Resource Center National Webinars, from September 10, 2014 to September 10, 2015. Physicians should claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Registration is open.

5. Registration Open for September 10 and 17 HCUP Webinars

AHRQ is hosting two webinars on the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)’s research-enhancing databases, products and tools. “Overview of the HCUP Databases” on September 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET introduces health services and policy researchers to the HCUP databases and related resources through a general overview of HCUP’s databases. “Overview of the HCUP Products and Tools” on September 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET introduces health services and policy researchers to the HCUP products and tools, with a particular emphasis on HCUPnet, the free online data query system. Registration details are available on the HCUP Workshop page on the HCUP User Support website. Space is limited and capacity is often reached quickly.

6. AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Putcha N, Puhan MA, Hansel NN, et al. Impact of co-morbidities on self-rated health in self-reported COPD: an analysis of NHANES 2001-2008. COPD. 2013 Jun;10(3):324-32. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Boehme AK, Kumar AD, Dorsey AM, et al. Infections present on admission compared with hospital-acquired infections in acute ischemic stroke patients. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013 Nov; 22(8):e582-9. Epub 2013 Aug 15. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Wakeel F, Witt WP, Wisk LE, et al. Racial and ethnic disparities in personal capital during pregnancy: findings from the 2007 Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) study. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Jan; 18(1):209-22. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Smith B, McDuff J, Naierman N, et al. What consumers want to know about quality when choosing a hospice provider. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2014 Mar 4. Epub ahead of print. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Rauscher GH, Murphy AM, Orsi JM, et al. Beyond the Mammography Quality Standards Act: measuring the quality of breast cancer screening programs. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Jan;202(1):145-51. Epub 2013 Nov 21. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Kline JA, Shapiro NI, Jones AE, et al. Outcomes and radiation exposure of emergency department patients with chest pain and shortness of breath and ultralow pretest probability: a multicenter study. Ann Emerg Med 2014 Mar;63(3):281-8. Epub 2013 Oct 10. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Speck AL, Nelson B, Jefferson SO, et al. Young, African American adults with asthma: what matters to them? Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2014 Jan;112(1):35-9. Epub 2013 Nov 11. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Dixon BE, Grannis SJ, Revere D. Measuring the impact of a health information exchange intervention on provider-based notifiable disease reporting using mixed methods: a study protocol. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2013 Oct 30;13:121. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

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