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AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 23, 2024

The AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine is a series of learning cohorts of healthcare professionals who use telemedicine as a care delivery model. The 2024 cohort will begins in June and will focus on appropriate antibiotic use while maintaining patient satisfaction and reducing potential side effects in patients seen via telemedicine. Providers and practices from rural communities are encouraged to apply.

Participants will participate in monthly webinars, receive one-on-one technical assistance, coaching, networking, and ongoing education. Objectives include:

  • Improve efficiency and patient satisfaction with antibiotic prescribing, using approaches such as scripting for live and patient portal interactions
  • Perform better on antibiotic-related quality measures (e.g., Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, Merit-based Incentive Payment System, and The Joint Commission Antimicrobial Stewardship standards).

Eligible participants are ambulatory and primary care facilities and direct-to-consumer and virtual first telemedicine practices. Practices must:

  • Use telehealth with video-based telemedicine capabilities
  • Use electronic health records (EHRs)

Examples of eligible practices:

  • Primary care practices
  • Direct-to-consumer, virtual first, and other telemedicine practices
  • Community-based health clinics
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Student health clinics
  • Outpatient specialty practices that provide primary care
  • Retail clinics
  • Employee health clinics
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

The program is provided at no cost to participants. Up to 500 practices across the United States will participate in the program.

Participants are eligible to receive continuing education units (CEUs), continuing medical education credits (CMEs), and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification points (MOCs).

Application process

Apply using the join the program link from the program website.

Applicant webinar recording, transcript, and slides

Tagged as
Clinics · Federally Qualified Health Centers · Health workforce education and training · Healthcare facilities · Healthcare quality · Outpatient care · Pharmacy and prescription drugs · Primary care · Rural Health Clinics · Telehealth

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