Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-9643
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-12
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection project: ``Development of an Electronic System for Reporting Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Events in Primary Care Practice (MEADERS).'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-9642
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-12
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection project: ``Pilot Study of Proposed Nursing Home Survey on Resident Safety''. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-9548
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection project: ``Pilot Study of Proposed Medical Office Surveys on Patient Safety.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 06-9486
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-9485
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection project: ``Evaluation of a Medication Therapy Management Program to Improve Patient Safety in Medicare Beneficiaries.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
Document Number: 06-9039
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-02
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Agency Information Collection activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-8831
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-24
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection project: ``Evaluation of the Implementation and Impact of Pay-for- Quality Programs.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Request for Measures of Consumers' Assessment of Cultural Competency
Document Number: 06-8674
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-16
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is soliciting the submission of instruments or items that measure patient perspectives on the cultural awareness of the healthcare professionals providing care to those patients. This initiative is in response to the need to develop a new CAHPS[supreg] cultural competency survey. AHRQ is interested in incorporating this survey into an integrated set of carefully tested, standardized survey questionnaires and accompanying reports. The addition of the CAHPS[supreg] cultural competency component to the set is intended to empower consumers with quality of care information while also encouraging healthcare professionals to provide culturally competent care. The survey will be designed to assess the quality of care and services provided by healthcare professional in the context of cultural competency. Based on prior work, there are several functional areas that the planned instrument could assess such as: (1) Patient-provider communication (e.g., providers give clear explanations, patients feel that they get all the information they need,), (2) respect for patient preferences/shared decision-making (e.g., providers discuss pros and cons of treatment options, providers understand and takes into account patient's environment, family members are appropriately included in decisions), (3) experiences leading to trust or distrust (e.g., providers treat patients in a culturally sensitive or insensitive manner that led to trust or distrust), (4) experiences of discrimination (e.g., providers or staff treat patients with disrespect because of a patients' racial/ethnic backgrounds, insurance type/ status, lack of proficiency in English), (5) language access (e.g., availability of interpreter services and translated materials), and (6) alternative treatment (e.g., providers are open to discussion about traditional healers and remedies).
Request for Measures of Consumers' Health Information Delivery Experiences
Document Number: 06-8673
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-16
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is soliciting the submission of instruments or items that measure how well health plans, hospitals, clinicians, and group practices address health literacy issues. Based on a literature review and an assessment of currently available questionnaires, AHRQ identified the need to develop a new health literacy module of the CAHPS[supreg] survey. The intent of the planned module is to examine patients' perspectives on how well health information is communicated to them by healthcare professionals in greater detail than before. The intent of the new module is to provide information to health plans, hospitals, clinicians, group practices, and other interested parties regarding quality of health information delivered to patients. Based on prior work, there are several functional areas that the planned instrument could address. These include the clarity and usability of provided health information related to: (a) Preventive services (e.g., risk and benefits of the service, explanation of screening results; (b) health problems/concerns (e.g., information on how to stay healthy or prevent illness); (c) treatment choices, instructions, or goals (e.g., pros and cons of each treatment option); and (d) medications (e.g., reason for taking medications, instructions on how to take medications, possible side effects). AHRQ is especially interested in measures of patients' assessments of written communications (e.g., instructions for self-care, health promotion materials), and the use and effectiveness of educational techniques to ensure patient's comprehension of health information (e.g., allowing time for questions, repeating information, using visual aids, employing health educators to review treatment plans and follow-up). AHRQ is also interested in measures that assess the quality of services supporting health information delivery such as language assistance (e.g., availability and timeliness of interpreter services, availability of patient education materials in other language), and administrative assistance (e.g., assistance in completing medical paperwork).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-8607
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-11
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection project: ``Assessment of Unreimbursed Care among Community Primary Care Physicians.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Notice of Meetings
Document Number: 06-8382
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-02
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
Request for Measures of Consumers' Home Health Care Experiences
Document Number: 06-8183
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-25
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is soliciting the submission of instruments or items that measure perceptions of patients and their informal caregivers regarding the quality of home health care these patients received from home health providers, health plans, other health care providers, stakeholders, vendors, researchers who include home health care as part of their research, and other interested parties. This initiative is in response to the need to develop a new CAHPs[reg] home health care survey. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is interested in incorporating this survey as part of its Home Health Quality Initiative which is intended to empower consumers with quality of care information to make more informed decisions about their health care while also encouraging Medicare certified home health agencies to improve the quality of care they deliver to all patients regardless of payer source. The survey is likely to assess the quality of care and services provided by nurses, therapists, home heath aides, medical social workers, and home health agency administrative staff. Based on the agency's prior consumer assessment of health care work, there are several functional areas that this instrument could assess such as: Communication; courtesy and respect; information provided and shared decision making; coordination/integration of care; time related issues (e.g., arrived and departed according to schedule, amount of time spent, visit frequency); competence: influence/control over care giver activities; unmet need issues, and customer service.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-7585
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-12
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection project: ``Eisenberg Center Voluntary Customer Survey Generic Clearance for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on July 5, 2006 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment.
Meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group
Document Number: 06-7478
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-07
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group (Working Group) mandated by section 1014 of the Medicare Modernization Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection: Comment Request
Document Number: 06-7068
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-21
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to allow the proposed information collection project ``Continuance of the Medical Expenditure Panel SurveyHousehold and Medical Provider Component through 2009.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on June 2, 2006 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment.
Meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group
Document Number: 06-6930
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-15
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group (Working Group) mandated by section 1014 of the Medicare Modernization Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-6621
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-02
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection project: ``Assessment of Unreimbursed Care among Community Primary Care Physicians.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
Document Number: 06-6164
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-11
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Citizen's Health Care Working Group Interim Recommendations
Document Number: C6-5379
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-06
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-5960
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-05
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announced the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection project: ``Eisenberg Center Voluntary Customer Survey Generic Clearance for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Document Number: 06-5782
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-29
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites nominations of individuals qualified to serve as members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (the Task Force). The Task Force, a standing, independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care, is composed of members appointed to serve for four year terms with an option for reappointment. New members are selected each year to replace (approximately) one fourth of the Task Force members, i.e., those who are completing their appointments. Individuals nominated but not appointed in previous years, as well as those newly nominated, are considered in the annual selection process. Task Force members meet three times a year for two days in the Washington, DC area. Member duties include reviewing and preparing comments (off site) on systematic evidence reviews prior to discussing and making recommendations on preventive services, drafting final recommendation documents, and participating in workgroups on specific topics or methods. AHRQ particularly encourages nominations of women, members of minority populations, and persons with disabilities. Interested individuals and organizations may nominate one or more persons qualified for membership on the Task Force. Qualification Requirements: The mission of the Task Force is to produce evidence-based recommendations on the appropriate screening, counseling, and provision of preventive medication for asymptomatic patients seen in the primary care setting. Therefore, in order to qualify for the Task Force, an applicant or nominee MUST demonstrate the following: 1. Knowledge and experience in the critical evaluation of research published in peer reviewed literature and in the methods of evidence review; 2. Understanding and experience in the application of synthesized evidence to clinical decision-making and/or policy; 3. Expertise in disease prevention and health promotion; 4. Ability to work collaboratively with peers; and, 5. Clinical expertise in the primary health care of children and/or adults, and/or expertise in counseling and behavioral interventions for primary care patients. Some Task Force members without primary health care clinical experience may be selected based on their expertise in methodological issues such as medical decision making, clinical epidemiology, behavioral medicine, and health economics. Strongest consideration will be given to individuals who are recognized nationally or internationally for scientific leadership within their field of expertise. Applicants must have no substantial conflicts of interest that would impair in the scientific integrity of the work of the Task Force including financial, intellectual, or other conflicts.
Citizen's Health Care Working Group Interim Recommendations
Document Number: 06-5379
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-14
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Citizens' Health Care Working Group (the Working Group), authorized by section 1014 of the Medicare Modernization Act, is publishing interim recommendations and requesting public comment on them.
Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 06-5378
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-14
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
Meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group
Document Number: 06-5377
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-14
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group (the Working Group) mandated by section 1014 of the Medicare Modernization Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-5226
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-07
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection as part of an AHRQ contract for ``Privacy and Security Solutions for Interoperable Electronic Health Information Exchange'' (the Assessment). In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ is submitting a request to OMB for emergency review. AHRQ is requesting an emergency review of this collection because the information is needed for subsequent health information technology projects later this year. Because subcontracts were solicited and awarded to the States, it was not possible to accurately quantify the public burden earlier this year. Data collection subcontract proposals were solicited from States and until they were reviewed, selected, awarded and accepted, it was not possible to accurately quantify the public burden earlier.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection: Comment Request
Document Number: 06-5056
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to allow the proposed information collection project ``Continuance of the Medical Expenditure Panel SurveyHousehold and Medical Provider Component through 2009''. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed collection.
Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 06-4984
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-30
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
AHRQ Quality indicators Workgroup on Risk Adjustment Approaches to Administrative Data
Document Number: 06-4574
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-16
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking nominations for members of an AHRQ-convened Workgroup on risk adjustment specifically aimed at the AHRQ Quality Indicators (QIS). This Workgroup is being formed as part of a structured approach for evaluating risk-adjustment and the appropriateness of hierarchical modeling methodology for the AHRQ Quality Indicators at the area and/or provider levels. The Workgroup will evaluate appropriate technical and methodological approaches currently available, and will also discuss and suggest strategies as to what risk adjustment approach(s), if any, would best fit AHRQ QI user needs. As part of this effort and using the AHRQ QIs, the Workgroup member will be addressing several key issues for the development of a risk adjustment methodology, including but not limited to: Statistical and methodological issues related to the development and validation of risk adjusted models that predict patient outcomes using administrative data, and are suitable for assessing quality at different levels (individual hospital, State, region). Methods for comparing the performance of hierarchical methods with previously employed methods based on administrative data to improve predictive and discriminant ability, and overall fit. Appropriate use of sub-sampling techniques for model validation. Computation of confidence intervals for assessing provider-specific and State-level performance in comparison to national summary statistics (means or percentiles). For additional information about the AHRQ QIs, please visit the AHRQ Web site at http://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov. Specifically, the AHRQ QIs Risk Adjustment Workgroup will consist of up to 9 individuals who are familiar with different risk adjustment methodologies including hierarchical modeling approaches. The Workgroup will have a series of conference calls to discuss the technical and policy issues surrounding risk adjustment for the AHRQ QIs and will then assist AHRQ in developing a report that will aim to summarize the discussions and suggestions of the workgroup, which will be made available for public comment.
Meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group
Document Number: 06-4573
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-15
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group (the Working Group) mandated by section 1014 of the Medicare Modernization Act.
National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Nominations for Public Members
Document Number: 06-4281
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-05
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
42 U.S.C. 299c, section 931 of the Public Health Service (PHS Act), established a National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (the Council). The Council is to advise the Secretary of HHS and the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on matters related to actions of the Agency to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Eight current members' terms will expire in November 2006. To fill these positions in accordance with the legislative mandate establishing the Council, we are seeking individuals who are distinguished: (1) In the conduct of research, demonstration projects, and evaluations with respect to health care; (2) In the fields of health care quality research or health care improvement; (3) In the practice of medicine; (4) In other health professions; (5) In representing the private health care sector (including health plans, providers, and purchasers) or administrators of health care delivery systems; (6) In the fields of health care economics, information systems, law, ethics, business, or public policy; and, (7) In representing the interests of patients and consumers of health care. Individuals are particularly sought with experience and success in activities specified in the summary above.
Notice of Meetings
Document Number: 06-3719
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-19
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group
Document Number: 06-3718
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-19
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group (the Working Group) mandated by section 1014 of the Medicare Modernization Act.
AHRQ Quality Indicators Workgroup on Inpatient and Patient Safety Composite Measures
Document Number: 06-3207
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-04
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking nominations for members of an AHRQ-convened Quality Indicators Workgroup on Composite Measures for the Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs) and the Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) as part of a general workgroup on composite measures. The AHRQ QI Composite Measures General Workgroup and subsequent IQI and PSI sub-workgroups are being formed as part of a structured approach for developing composite measures from the IQI and PSI software tools for public reporting of quality of hospital care at the national and state level. The purpose of this project is to obtain input from interested organizations and individuals on the development of composite quality measures based on hospital discharge data, specifically using the IQI and PSI measures. The Workgroups will evaluate appropriate technical and methodological approaches currently available and will discuss and suggest strategies as to what composite measure methodology would best fit QI user needs. As part of this effort and using the AHRQ PSIs and IQIs, the Workgroup members will be addressing several key issues for the development of composite measures, including but not limited to: Identifying and defining the quality concept that each composite is intended to measure; Suggesting and considering the individual quality indicators that should be included in the composite; The manner of weighting with which individual quality indicators could or should be combined; Evaluation of using condition-specific quality of care composites (e.g., for cardiovascular disease, or diabetes) or population-specific composites (e.g., pediatrics, women, or geriatrics) or domain specific composites (e.g., surgical, or infections); and Discussion of the methodological considerations which are appropriate or important when combining quality indicators and the considerations when composites are used for publicly reporting data. For additional information about the AHRQ Quality Indicators, please visit the AHRQ Quality Indicators Web site at http:// www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov. Specifically, the AHRQ QI Composite Measures General Workgroup will consist of up to 15 individuals who have expertise in one or more of the following areas: Statistical methods, hospital quality improvement and patient safety, health services research, and administrative data. To the extent possible, this Workgroup will represent a variety of stakeholder perspectives, specifically including(1) Consumers, (2) healthcare purchasers, (3) quality improvement organizations, (4) researchers, (5) healthcare professionals, (6) state-based organizations, and (7) Federal health care provider organizations. The Workgroup will be further divided into two sub-workgroups to focus on the IQIs and the PSIs separately. Each sub-workgroup will have a series of conference calls to share perspectives, discuss the technical and policy issues surrounding composite measures for each module and will then summarize their discussions for presentation to the AHRQ QI Composite Measures General Workgroup. The AHRQ QI Composite Measures General Workgroup will provide responses to the sub-workgroups' findings. AHRQ will then develop a summary of the discussion in a technical report. This report will be made available for public comment.
Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
Document Number: 06-2189
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-08
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Meetings on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Document Number: 06-1725
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-24
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
We are considering how to implement the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Act), including such questions as how the Act might be applied to various organizational configurations and how best to ensure that the statute's fundamental confidentiality objectives are achieved. To help us better understand the thinking and plans of providers that are interested in seeking out patient safety organization (PSO) services, and of entities that anticipate establishing such an organization, this notice invites the public to provide information that may assist the Agency, either in person or by telephone call-in, at three related public meetings.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-1716
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-24
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection project: ``Use of IT and Health IT Among Health Centers funded under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act''. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 06-1580
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Agency Healthcare Research and Quality, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group
Document Number: 06-1494
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-17
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group (the Working Group) mandated by section 1014 of the Medicare Modernization Act.
Solicitation for Nominations for New Primary and Secondary Health Topics To Be Considered for Review by the United States Preventive Services Task Force
Document Number: 06-612
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-24
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites individuals and organizations to nominate primary and secondary prevention topics pertaining to clinical preventive services that they would like the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to consider for review. A list of topics that have been recently reviewed or are currently under review by the USPSTF is listed below in the supplementary information section. The USPSTF is an independent panel of experts that makes evidence- based recommendations regarding the provision of clinical preventive services. Clinical preventive services include screening, counseling and preventive medications. The USPSTF makes recommendations about preventive services for asymptomatic peoplepeople without recognized signs or symptoms of the specific conditions targeted by the preventive service. Topics can be nominated by individuals, organizations, evidence- based practice centers (EPC) and USPSTF members. The USPSTF will consider nominations and prioritize topics for review based on the following set of criteria: Public health importance (burden of suffering, potential of preventive service to reduce the burden); new evidence that has the potential to change prior recommendations including inactive ones; and, potential for greatest Task Force impact (e.g., clinical controversy, practice does not reflect evidence, inappropriate timing in delivery of services). The USPSTF will prioritize topics for which there is a performance gap and the potential to significantly improve clinical practice. Individuals and organizations may nominate new topics or topics previously reviewed by the USPSTF. Basic Topic Nomination Requirements: Nominations must be no more than 500 words in length and must include the following information. Nominations may include an appendix that contains references and supporting documents (not included in word count). 1. Name of topic. 2. Rationale for consideration by the USPSTF, to include: a. Primary or secondary prevention topic (screening, counseling or preventive medication). b. Primary care relevance (aplicable clinical preventive service must be initiated in the primary care setting which can be defined as family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics or obstetrics/gynecology and provided by a primary care provider). c. Description of public health importance (burden of disease/ suffering, potential of preventive service to reduce burden, including effective interventions). Citations and supporting documents are recommended. d. Summary of new evidence, if any, that has potential to affect the Task Force's recommendation on a previously reviewed topic. Please refer to http://preventiveservices.ahrg.gov for USPSTF recommendations. Citations and supporting documents are recommended. e. Description of potential impact of USPSTF's review of the topic, i.e., change in clinical practice, research focus, etc.
Notice of Meetings
Document Number: 06-611
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-24
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-349
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-17
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the proposed information collection project: ``Security Checkpoints and Patients with Radiopharmaceuticals.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2005 and allowed 60 Days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 Days for public comment.
Meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group
Document Number: 06-91
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-06
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group (the Working Group) mandated by section 1014 of the Medicare Modernization Act.
Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003; Section 1013: Identification of Priority Topics for Effective Health Care Research
Document Number: 06-69
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-05
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invites suggestions from interested organizations and knowledgeable individuals regarding the highest priorities for research, demonstration, and evaluation projects to support and improve the Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children Health Insurance (SCHIP) programs. The research and other activities undertaken and authorized by the above-captioned or above referenced statutory provision may address: 1. The outcomes, comparative clinical effectiveness, and appropriateness of health care items and services (including prescription drugs); and 2. Strategies for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of such programs, including the ways in which such items and services are organized, managed, and delivered under such programs. The statute: a. Requires the establishment of a priority setting process for identifying the most important topics to address, b. Establishes a timetable for development of an initial priority list and completion of the research; and c. Requires ongoing consultation with relevant stakeholders. To review the text of section 1013 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, please visit Section 1013. Research on Outcomes of Health Care Items and Services (PDF 21.7 KB) or http://www.medicare.gov/medicarereform/108s1013.htm (text). Current priority conditions being studied focus on topics particularly relevant to Medicare beneficiaries. The next set of priority conditions will be expanded to include conditions relevant to the Medicaid and SCHIP programs. The current priority conditions are: Arthritis and non-traumatic joint disorders. Cancer. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. Dementia including Alzheimer's disease. Depression and other mood disorders. Diabetes mellitus. Ischemic heart disease. Peptic ulcer disease and dyspepsia. Pneumonia. Stroke and hypertension.