Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-08946
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-18
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) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Pilot Test of the Proposed Value and Efficiency Surveys and Communicating with Patients Checklist.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on January 7th, 2013 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment.
Request for Measures and Domains To Use in Development of a Standardized Instrument for Use in Public Reporting of the Quality of Transition From Child-focused to Adult-focused Care in Young Adults With Chronic Conditions
Document Number: 2013-08937
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
Section 401(a) of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), Public Law 111-3, amended the Social Security Act (the Act) to enact section 1139A (42 U.S.C. 1320b- 9a). Section 1139A(b) charged the Department of Health and Human Services with improving pediatric health care quality measures. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is requesting the submission of instruments or domains (for example, key concepts) measuring aspects of the transition from child-focused to adult-focused care in young adults with chronic health conditions from all researchers, vendors, hospitals, stakeholders, and other interested parties. AHRQ is interested in instruments and items through which young adults or parent proxies may assess experiences they have with the health care system, including the transition from pediatric to adult health care. The goal is to develop a standardized instrument for use in assessing the quality of transition from child-focused to adult- focused care in young adults with chronic health conditions.
Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
Document Number: 2013-08935
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-18
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 (USPSTF).
AHRQ Standing Workgroup for Quality Indicator Measure Specification
Document Number: 2013-08834
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-17
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 both a time-limited workgroup and a standing workgroup to be convened by an AHRQ contractor. The workgroups shall be comprised of individuals with knowledge of the AHRQ Quality Indicators (QIs), their technical specifications, and associated methodological issues. The overarching goals of each group are to provide feedback to AHRQ regarding refinements to the QIs. The time-limited workgroup is more restricted to specific clinical or methodological issues, while the standing workgroup addresses broader issues related to the measurement cycle. Because AHRQ did not get a set of candidates with anticipated breadth of diversity of experience as required in response to our notice (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/01/28/2013-013 48/ ahrq-standing-workgroup-for-quality-indicator-measure-specifi cation) published on January 28, 2013, Volume 78, No. 18, page numbers: 5810 & 5811, AHRQ resubmits the same notice to give opportunity to those interested in this objective.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-08833
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-17
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) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Applying Novel Methods to Better Understand the Relationship between Health IT and Ambulatory Care Workflow Redesign.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on January 28th, 2013 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-08410
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-15
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) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Evaluating the Knowledge and Educational Needs of Students of Health Professions on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on January 28th, 2013 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No substantive comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-08409
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-15
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) approve the proposed information collection project: ``The Feasibility of Alternative Models for Collecting New Data on Physicians and Their Practices.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06217
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-20
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) approve the proposed changes to the currently approved information collection project: ``Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Insurance Component.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on December 26th, 2012 and allowed 60 days for public comment. Two comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment.
Patient Safety Organizations: Voluntary Relinquishment From Universal Safety Solution PSO
Document Number: 2013-06216
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-20
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act), Public Law 109-41, 42 U.S.C. 299b-21b-26, provides for the formation of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), which collect, aggregate, and analyze confidential information regarding the quality and safety of health care delivery. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule (Patient Safety Rule), 42 CFR part 3, authorizes AHRQ, on behalf of the Secretary of HHS, to list as a PSO an entity that attests that it meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for listing. A PSO can be ``delisted'' by the Secretary if it is found no longer to meet the requirements of the Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule, or when a PSO chooses to voluntarily relinquish its status as a PSO for any reason. AHRQ has accepted a notification of voluntary relinquishment from Universal Safety Solution PSO of its status as a PSO, and has delisted the PSO accordingly.
Patient Safety Organizations: Voluntary Relinquishment From QAISys, Inc.
Document Number: 2013-06215
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-20
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act), Public Law 109-41, 42 U.S.C. 299b-21 b-26, provides for the formation of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), which collect, aggregate, and analyze confidential information regarding the quality and safety of health care delivery. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule (Patient Safety Rule), 42 CFR part 3, authorizes AHRQ, on behalf of the Secretary of HHS, to list as a PSO an entity that attests that it meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for listing. A PSO can be ``delisted'' by the Secretary if it is found no longer to meet the requirements of the Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule, or when a PSO chooses to voluntarily relinquish its status as a PSO for any reason. AHRQ has accepted a notification of voluntary relinquishment from QAISys, Inc. of its status as a PSO, and has delisted the PSO accordingly.
Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
Document Number: 2013-04057
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-22
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, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, this notice announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Meeting for Software Developers on the Technical Specifications for Common Formats for Patient Safety Data Collection and Event Reporting
Document Number: 2013-03911
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-21
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, 42 U.S.C. 299b-21 to b-26, (Patient Safety Act) provides for the formation of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), which collect, aggregate, and analyze confidential information regarding the quality and safety of health care delivery. The Patient Safety Act (at 42 U.S.C. 299b-23) authorizes the collection of this information in a standardized manner, as explained in the related Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule, 42 CFR Part 3 (Patient Safety Rule), published in the Federal Register on November 21, 2008: 73 FR 70731-70814. AHRQ coordinates the development of a set of common definitions and reporting formats (Common Formats) that allow health care providers to voluntarily collect and submit standardized information regarding patient safety events. In order to support the Common Formats, AHRQ has provided technical specifications to promote standardization by ensuring that data collected by PSOs and other entities are clinically and electronically comparable. More information on the Common Formats, including the technical specifications, can be obtained through AHRQ's PSO Web site: http://www.PSO.AHRQ.GOV/index.html. The purpose of this notice is to announce a meeting to discuss the Common Formats technical specifications. This meeting is designed as an interactive forum where PSOs and software developers can provide input on these technical specifications. AHRQ especially requests input from those entities which have used AHRQ's technical specifications and implemented, or plan to implement, the formats electronically.
Patient Safety Organizations: Delisting for Cause for Independent Data Safety Monitoring, Inc.
Document Number: 2013-03909
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-21
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
AHRQ has delisted Independent Data Safety Monitoring, Inc. due to its failure to correct a deficiency. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act) authorizes the listing of PSOs, which are entities or component organizations whose mission and primary activity is to conduct activities to improve patient safety and the quality of health care delivery. HHS issued the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule (Patient Safety Rule) to implement the Patient Safety Act. AHRQ administers the provisions of the Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule relating to the listing and operation of PSOs.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-03217
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-13
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) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Patient-Reported Health Information Technology and Workflow.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-02549
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-07
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) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Improving Sickle Cell Transitions of Care through Health Information Technology Phase 1.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Patient Safety Organizations: Voluntary Relinquishment From The Connecticut Hospital Association Federal Patient Safety Organization
Document Number: 2013-01919
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-31
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act), Public Law 109-41, 42 U.S.C. 299b-21b-26, provides for the formation of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), which collect, aggregate, and analyze confidential information regarding the quality and safety of health care delivery. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule (Patient Safety Rule), 42 CFR part 3, authorizes AHRQ, on behalf of the Secretary of HHS, to list as a PSO an entity that attests that it meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for listing. A PSO can be ``delisted'' by the Secretary if it is found no longer to meet the requirements of the Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule, or when a PSO chooses to voluntarily relinquish its status as a PSO for any reason. AHRQ has accepted a notification of voluntary relinquishment from The Connecticut Hospital Association Federal Patient Safety Organization of its status as a PSO, and has delisted the PSO accordingly.
Patient Safety Organizations: Voluntary Relinquishment From Ryder Trauma Center
Document Number: 2013-01909
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-31
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act), Public Law 109-41, 42 U.S.C. 299b-21b-26, provides for the formation of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), which collect, aggregate, and analyze confidential information regarding the quality and safety of health care delivery. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule (Patient Safety Rule), 42 CFR Part 3, authorizes AHRQ, on behalf of the Secretary of HHS, to list as a PSO an entity that attests that it meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for listing. A PSO can be ``delisted'' by the Secretary if it is found no longer to meet the requirements of the Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule, or when a PSO chooses to voluntarily relinquish its status as a PSO for any reason. AHRQ has accepted a notification of voluntary relinquishment from Ryder Trauma Center of its status as a PSO, and has delisted the PSO accordingly.
Patient Safety Organizations: Voluntary Relinquishment From the BREF PSO
Document Number: 2013-01908
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-31
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act), Public Law 109-41, 42 U.S.C. 299b-21b-26, provides for the formation of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), which collect, aggregate, and analyze confidential information regarding the quality and safety of health care delivery. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule (Patient Safety Rule), 42 CFR part 3, authorizes AHRQ, on behalf of the Secretary of HHS, to list as a PSO an entity that attests that it meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for listing. A PSO can be ``delisted'' by the Secretary if it is found no longer to meet the requirements of the Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule, or when a PSO chooses to voluntarily relinquish its status as a PSO for any reason. AHRQ has accepted a notification of voluntary relinquishment from the BREF PSO of its status as a PSO, and has delisted the PSO accordingly.
AHRQ Standing Workgroup for Quality Indicator Measure Specification
Document Number: 2013-01348
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-28
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 both a time-limited work group and a standing work group to be convened by an AHRQ contractor. The work groups shall be comprised of individuals with knowledge of the AHRQ Quality Indicators (QIs), their technical specifications, and associated methodological issues. The overarching goals of each group are to provide feedback to AHRQ regarding refinements to the Qls. The time- limited workgroup is more restricted to specific clinical or methodological issues, while the standing workgroup addresses broader issues related to the measurement cycle.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-01345
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-28
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) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Applying Novel Methods To Better Understand the Relationship Between Health IT and Ambulatory Care Workflow Redesign.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-01342
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-28
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) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Evaluating the Knowledge and Educational Needs of Students of Health Professions on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Special Emphasis Panel Meeting
Document Number: 2013-01338
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-24
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2), announcement is made of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) meeting on ``Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)''.
Subcommittee Meetings
Document Number: 2013-01334
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-24
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
The subcommittees listed below are part of AHRQ's Health Services Research Initial Review Group Committee. Grant applications are to be reviewed and discussed at these meetings. These meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with 5 U.S.C. App. 2 section 10(d), 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4), and 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-31592
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-07
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) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Pilot Test of the Proposed Value and Efficiency Surveys and Communicating About Value Checklist.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-31591
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-07
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) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Using Health Information Technology in Practice Redesign: Impact of Health Information Technology on Workflow.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on October 31st, 2012 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.