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

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