AHRQ Director Richard Kronick Elected To Institute of Medicine
Among young adults age 19 to 25, nearly 43 percent were uninsured at some point in 2012 while almost 25 percent were uninsured for the entire year. For this same age group in 2009, nearly 48 percent were uninsured at some point while almost 28 percent were uninsured for the entire year. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #437: Health Insurance Status of Young Adults Ages 19-25, 2012.)
- AHRQ Director Richard Kronick Elected To Institute of Medicine.
- First AHRQ Director's Lecture Series Event October 27 To Feature Principal Investigator of PROMIS Statistical Center.
- AHRQ Releases 2014 CAHPS Health Plan Survey Results.
- Register Now: October 22 Webinar To Highlight Top Performers on CAHPS Clinician & Group Survey.
- Register Now: October 23 Webinar To Introduce Registry of Patient Registries.
- 2nd International Conference on Academic Detailing November 13-14 in Boston.
- Save the Date: 2015 TeamSTEPPS National Conference on June 16-18.
- AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange Focuses on Enhancing Behavioral Health Services for Veterans.
- AHRQ in the Professional Literature.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has elected AHRQ Director Richard Kronick, Ph.D., as a member. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards and other activities. Dr. Kronick was among 70 new members and 10 foreign associates elected by the IOM.
David Cella, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker for the inaugural event of the AHRQ Director's Lecture Series, scheduled for October 27 at 2 p.m. ET. Dr. Cella is professor and chair of the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and director of the Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes at Feinberg's Institute for Public Health and Medicine in Chicago. Most recently, he has led the National Institutes of Health's Common Fund Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) as chair of its steering committee and principal investigator of the PROMIS Statistical Center. His talk at the Agency, also available via free Web conference, is titled "PROMIS: Opportunities for Clinical and Population Research." The Director's Lecture Series is designed to bring together thought leaders for stimulating discussion on leading health care policy issues. Lecture topics will relate to AHRQ's mission to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable and to work within HHS and with other partners to make sure the evidence is understood and used. Speakers will help inform current priority areas and help identify new areas of growth for the Agency.
Results from AHRQ's 2014 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Health Plan Survey are available. The 2014 results are based on the voluntary submission of survey data to the CAHPS Database. The CAHPS Health Plan Survey asks enrollees about their recent experiences with their health plan services and their medical care. The survey measures topics such as how easily consumers got needed care, how often they received care in a timely manner, how often doctors communicated well with consumers and how people rated their doctor, specialist, health plan and health care. Users can access the results in three ways:
- Online Reporting System—A Web-based platform for viewing summary-level comparative results of CAHPS surveys. Allows users to view top box scores, frequency distributions, bar charts and percentiles for these surveys.
- 2014 Health Plan Chartbook—Presents highlights of survey results in narrative summaries and bar charts.
- Research Data Files—Researchers may request access to deidentified research data files by submitting an application.
The CAHPS program at AHRQ supports the development and promotion of CAHPS surveys, toolkit materials and comparative databases and provides technical assistance to users. For more information, contact program representatives via email or phone, 1-888-808-7108.
AHRQ is hosting a webinar on October 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET to present success stories from medical practices that have scored in the 90th percentile across all core measures of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Clinician & Group Survey. Top-performing medical practices will share how they have improved patient experience in the areas of access to care and information, communication with providers and interactions with office staff.
- Mon L. Yee, M.D., Family Medicine, Meriter DeForest-Windsor Clinic, DeForest, Wisconsin.
- Julie Susi, Manager, Breast Care Specialists of Maine, Portland, Maine.
- Dale Shaller, Managing Director, CAHPS Database; Shaller Consulting Group, Stillwater, Minnesota (Moderator).
AHRQ is hosting a webinar October 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET to introduce the Registry of Patient Registries (RoPR). Presenters will describe the rationale for the RoPR system and provide step-by-step instructions on listing a registry and searching for registries.
- Michelle Leavy, Research Manager, Quintiles.
- Thomas Taylor, Senior IT Project Manager, Quintiles.
RoPR is an AHRQ-sponsored repository for information about patient registries to support research collaborations, reduce redundancies and improve transparency in observational clinical research. For comments and questions and to register for the webinar, contact the RoPR project team.
The National Resource Center for Academic Detailing's 2nd International Conference on Academic Detailing will be held November 13-14 in Boston. The conference is supported by an AHRQ grant and will explore how educational outreach to physicians, nurses and other professionals can improve patient care and outcomes. Registration is open.
Mark your calendar for the 2015 TeamSTEPPS National Conference on June 16-18 in Denver. Registration and hotel information is forthcoming. Those interested in presenting a poster or participating as a presenter at the conference should fill out the Call for Proposals Submission Form and email it to AHRQ TeamSTEPPS by December 1.
The latest issue of AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange features three programs that used innovative strategies to enhance behavioral health services for veterans. One of the profiles describes the Vets Prevail project, in which veterans reluctant to seek behavioral health services can use an anonymous online program to reduce symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. The program contains seven self-paced modules based on cognitive behavioral theory and features avatars, messages and vignettes customized to the user's experience and stage of life. In various studies, Vets Prevail has enhanced access to behavioral health services—in part by reducing the stigma associated with using such services—and has generated significant improvements in symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder and depression and high levels of satisfaction among users. The symptom reductions are comparable to those seen with in-person therapy at a fraction of the cost.
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