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Sep 26, 2022 - Presents findings of a study examining the impact of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) following the CMS Meaningful Use program. Notes that hospitals that met Meaningful Use requirements improved quality of care and reduced patient mortality more than hospitals that either did not implement EHRs or that did not meet Meaningful Use requirements and that the findings could be useful for rural hospitals.
Source: EHR Intelligence
Sep 26, 2022 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is announcing a challenge competition to explore the resources and infrastructure needed to integrate healthcare systems data into systematic review findings in order to help fill evidence gaps and to examine the applicability of systematic review findings to real-world populations. This process will help AHRQ understand if and how sources of data and information outside of traditional systematic reviews can be used alongside systematic reviews to improve healthcare decision making, healthcare delivery and potentially patient outcomes. There are two phases to this competition, with cash prizes awarded to those proceeding to Phase 2 and to winners of Phase 2. The deadline for Phase 1 is January 9, 2023, and for Phase 2 is July 10, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 22, 2022 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on an information collection request regarding the HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) HIV Quality Measures (HIVQM) Module. The HIVQM Module supports recipients and sub-recipients in their clinical quality management programs, performance measurement, service delivery, and monitoring of client health outcomes and quality HIV services. Comments are due by October 24, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 21, 2022 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is requesting nominations of individuals from populations underrepresented in medicine to serve as members to the AHRQ Initial Review Group (IRG). The AHRQ IRG conducts scientific and technical review for health services research and training grant applications and is comprised of five subcommittees or study sections: healthcare effectiveness and outcomes research, healthcare safety and quality improvement research, healthcare information technology research, healthcare systems and value research, and healthcare research training. Nominations are due by December 31, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 20, 2022 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health making corrections to the September 14, 2022, notice announcing a meeting of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC). The meeting will be held on September 22-23, 2022. Agenda items include presentations on COVID-19, monkeypox, influenza, and polio vaccination, as well as vaccine safety, innovation, and gaps in rural vaccination coverage. The confirmed meeting time and agenda will be posted on the NVAC website. Pre-registration for the meeting is required.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 16, 2022 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking information on the current state of comprehensive, longitudinal, person-centered care planning for people at risk for or living with Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) across settings of care. This request for information will inform AHRQ's work in improving care for people at risk for or living with MCC. Comments are due by November 15, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 12, 2022 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeking comments on a proposed information collection project titled "National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Surveillance in Healthcare Facilities." The information collected through this version of NHSN is intended to inform the federal government's understanding of disease patterns, including the changing burden of disease, and develop policies for the prevention and control of problems related to COVID-19. Comments are due by November 14, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 1, 2022 - The National Quality Forum 2021 Annual Activities Report to Congress and the Secretary, and the Secretary's comments on the report, are published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Federal Register in accordance with the Social Security Act. The report includes summaries of the National Quality Forum's work on developing rural quality measures and addressing rural measurement challenges.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 29, 2022 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalizing the proposal to delay the start date of the Radiation Oncology (RO) Model and establish the start and end dates for the model through future rulemaking, which may involve modifications to the model design. The RO Model will test whether prospective episode payments to hospital outpatient departments and freestanding radiation therapy centers for radiation therapy episodes of care preserve or enhance the quality of care furnished to Medicare beneficiaries while reducing Medicare program spending. This final rule is effective October 28, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 26, 2022 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking comments on a proposed information collection project titled "National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)." NHSN is used to track healthcare-associated infections and the extent to which healthcare facilities adhere to infection prevention practices and antimicrobial stewardship. The proposed changes in this information collection request include revisions to nine existing data collection forms. Comments are due by October 25, 2022.
Source: Federal Register