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  • AHRQ Plans Patient-Based Adverse Event Reporting System

    • 12 September 2012
    Adverse event reporting could become more widespread under a new system proposed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In a 10 September Federal Register posting , the agency, which acts to collect and analyze data about the quality and efficiency of care in the US, said it had submitted to the Office of Management and budget (OMB) a request to approve its prototype for a Consumer Reporting System for Patient Safety Events. AHRQ said the system is...
  • House Budget Draft Eliminates Comparative Effectiveness Research Agencies

    • 18 July 2012
    Two federal agencies charged with controlling costs by conducting non-binding comparative effectiveness research stand to be eliminated under the latest draft of an appropriations bill in the House of Representatives. AHRQ to be 'Terminated' The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is, like the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), contained under the umbrella of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and is run by longtime-Director Carolyn Clan...
  • AHRQ Looking to Establish Registry of Patient Registries

    • 30 April 2012
    The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the federal agency charged with improving how healthcare dollars are spent, is announcing its intention to launch a registry of patient registries modeled after of its ClinicalTrials.gov website. AHRQ explains in its Federal Register posting that patient registries, typically run by disease-specific foundations, have "specific characteristics" that the ClinicalTrials.gov website has not been able to adequately c...
  • 86% of Adverse Patient Events Go Unreported in Hospitals

    • 09 January 2012
    The US Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Officer of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report on Friday, 6 January indicating that six in seven adverse events (AEs) that take place in hospitals go unreported. The OIG's Director, Daniel Levinson, noted that all hospitals being paid under Medicare are obligated to "track medical errors and adverse patient events, analyze their causes" and make improvements to reduce future incidence of AEs. Levinson fur...