Upcycling: Bringing new life to existing health data

From the Health Affairs Blog: By now, most of us are familiar with recycling. Items with reclaimable value are collected; then base materials are salvaged to create new products—often of lesser quality. Fewer people are familiar with the term upcycling, a form of recycling that involves reconceiving, and sometimes adding to, existing items with the … Continue reading Upcycling: Bringing new life to existing health data

Webinar: Team training and patient safety

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will host a 1-hour webinar on the use of the agency’s teamwork training program, TeamSTEPPS® & what evidence is available to demonstrate the program’s efficacy in improving patient safety.  David Baker, Ph.D., TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainer & Senior Vice President at IMPAQ International, will discuss the following objectives: … Continue reading Webinar: Team training and patient safety

Most health outcomes following surgery are worse for low-income patients

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): A new AHRQ study of 12 measures of outcomes following surgical procedures found that outcomes for patients from both high- and low-income geographic areas improved between 2000 and 2009. In fact, survival following two surgical procedures—coronary angioplasty and carotid endarterectomy—improved for both high- and low-income patients, … Continue reading Most health outcomes following surgery are worse for low-income patients

New from HCUP – New state databases released

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality has released the following state Databases: 2010: State Inpatient Databases (SID): Maine State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD): Maine State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD): Maine 2011: State Inpatient Databases (SID): Maine, Utah State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD): Maine, Utah State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD): Maine, Utah  2012: State Inpatient … Continue reading New from HCUP – New state databases released

HCUP’s “Most Expensive Conditions” infographic

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): HCUP has released a new infographic, The Top Five Most Expensive Conditions Treated in U.S. Hospitals, which represents data from the recently released Statistical Brief #160: National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2011. This statistical brief provides HCUP data on the distribution … Continue reading HCUP’s “Most Expensive Conditions” infographic

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

New publication model for PubMed citations

In mid-June 2013, a new publication model, Electronic-eCollection, was introduced for PubMed citations from electronic-only journals. "Electronic-eCollection" means that an article is published electronically on a specific date and is also associated with an electronic collection date (similar to an issue; this date can be a year or a year and month, but never a year, month, and … Continue reading New publication model for PubMed citations

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 database from CMS: Medicare Provider Charge Data

The Department of Health & Human Services has created a database that for the first time gives consumers information on what hospitals charge.  The data, on the charges for services that are provided during the 100 most common Medicare inpatient stays and 30 common outpatient services, show significant variation across the country and within communities. For example, average inpatient … Continue reading New database from CMS: Medicare Provider Charge Data

Health spending projected to grow an average of 5.8 percent annually through 2022

From Health Affairs: New estimates released today from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) project that aggregate health care spending in the United States will grow at an average annual rate of 5.8 percent for 2012-22, or 1.0 percentage point faster than the expected growth in the … Continue reading Health spending projected to grow an average of 5.8 percent annually through 2022