Delay in release of MEPS insurance component

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ):There will be a delay in the release of tables containing 2012 state and local government estimates from the MEPS Insurance Component. Originally scheduled for posting in late November 2013, the tables will be released in early Spring 2014 instead. This delay also effects the 2012 MEPS-IC … Continue reading Delay in release of MEPS insurance component

Webinar: Integrating mixed methods in health services & delivery system research

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): Register now for a webinar scheduled about how mixed-methods research offers powerful tools for investigating complex processes and systems in health care services and delivery. The webinar, which focuses on work by AHRQ on delivery systems and  patient-centered medical homes, will also announce and provide information on … Continue reading Webinar: Integrating mixed methods in health services & delivery system research

New from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey

The following tools, data, & tables have been added to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) web site: New Data Files:  MEPS Panel 15 Longitudinal Data File (HC-148) Data File Updates:  2010 Full Year Consolidated File (HC-138) documentation has been updated to include education level in the discussion of the raking process for weights development. New Tables:  2011 Expenditure … Continue reading New from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey

Life expectancy approach for measuring disparities

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): As a new way to measure health care disparities, a new AHRQ study proposes analyzing health insurance status and medical need over a typical lifetime by ethnic group. This life expectancy approach can estimate the number of years that racial/ethnic groups are subject to “health insurance double jeopardy,” … Continue reading Life expectancy approach for measuring disparities

New from AHRQ: Policies to reduce healthcare disparities

The new issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)'s Heath Care Innovations Exchange focuses on policies to reduce health care disparities. The featured Innovations describe three programs that implemented policies to help reduce health care disparities and ensure that vulnerable populations receive equitable health care. The programs include one that subsidized the costs of electronic … Continue reading New from AHRQ: Policies to reduce healthcare disparities

New web site for USHIK database

The United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK) is an on-line, publicly accessible registry and repository of healthcare-related data, metadata and standards. USHIK is funded and directed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) with management support in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The web site was recently redesigned for clarity and … Continue reading New web site for USHIK database

Chats on change: Using social media to reduce childhood obesity

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): Join us on Twitter Tuesday, September 10, at 3:00 pm ET for a live TweetChat with Dr. Victoria Rogers, Director of the Kids CO-OP at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. We will discuss how the Let’s Go! program has worked to slow … Continue reading Chats on change: Using social media to reduce childhood obesity

AHRQ Update: Making Health Care Safer II

The AHRQ has put out an updated Making Health Care Safer report as a sequel to the initial 2001 report.  The influential and controversial 2001 report became the cornerstone of many patient safety practices, but many safety indicators haven't improved as much as was hoped.  As a result, the current report sought to look at … Continue reading AHRQ Update: Making Health Care Safer II

Patient & family engagement in hospital quality & safety

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): A new online resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) helps hospitals improve quality and safety by building productive partnerships between health care professionals, patients, and family members. Patient and family engagement is a critical part of what hospitals should already be doing.  The Guide to … Continue reading Patient & family engagement in hospital quality & safety

Campaign to help Spanish speakers compare treatment options

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): Take advantage of Toma las riendas: (Take the reins), AHRQ’s campaign to encourage Hispanics to take control of their health and explore treatment options. Free Spanish-language resources can help Hispanics compare the benefits and risks of treatment option and prepare to discuss these options with their … Continue reading Campaign to help Spanish speakers compare treatment options