AHRQ Releases Guide to Real-World Evaluations of Primary Care Interventions
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Nearly one in five people with health expenses paid more than $1,000 out-of-pocket in 2011 while 8 percent paid more than $2,000 out of pocket that same year. Overall, about 85 percent of the U.S. population had health care expenses in 2011. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #441: Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses by Age and Insurance Coverage, 2011.)
- AHRQ Releases Guide to Real-World Evaluations of Primary Care Interventions.
- New AHRQ Guide Helps States Develop a Collaborative To Improve Health Outcomes.
- Register Now: Free Online Accredited TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainer Course.
- Call For Abstracts: Academic Pediatric Association 5th Annual QI Research Conference.
- AHRQ in the Professional Literature.
Effective evaluation can help determine the best ways to improve primary care health and cost outcomes as well as patient, clinician and staff experiences. AHRQ has released a new evaluation guide for designing real-world evaluations of interventions such as the patient-centered medical home and other models to improve primary care delivery. The guide presents practical steps for designing a primary care evaluation. It can be used by health care delivery systems, employers, practice-based research networks, local or regional insurers and others who want to test an intervention in a relatively small number of primary care practices with limited resources. In addition to this guide, AHRQ has developed a number of resources for evaluators of primary care interventions like the patient-centered medical home.
A new resource guide from AHRQ can help policymakers work with other stakeholders to improve health outcomes in their state. "Implementing a State-Level Quality Improvement Collaborative: A Resource Guide From the Medicaid Network for Evidence-based Treatment (MEDNET)" describes steps to follow to start and manage a state-level quality improvement collaborative. The guide grew out of a three-year partnership among academia and federal and state agencies. The multistate consortium, which included California, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington, sought to accelerate the process of research and knowledge uptake and the adoption of evidence-based, clinical and delivery system practices to improve health outcomes. While these states followed the eight steps to improve mental health outcomes, the guide can be used to drive change for any clinical issue.
AHRQ is offering TeamSTEPPS Master Training online as an accredited course for health care professionals interested in improving patient safety and health care quality. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based teamwork approach to improve communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. Registration is free, but space is limited.
The Academic Pediatric Association is seeking abstracts for the 5th Annual Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children's Health Care Research Conference on April 24, 2015, in San Diego. The conference, which is partially funded by AHRQ, will focus on methodological and technical issues of major importance in the field of pediatric health care quality improvement research, a leading component of modern health services research. Speakers and participants will focus on barriers to and facilitators of the development, extension and use of state-of-the-art methodologies and research methods for health care quality improvement research. The call for abstracts submission form can be found on the Academic Pediatric Association's Web site under What's New.
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