Monday, June 22, 2015

Averting the Ax at AHRQ | The Health Care Blog

Averting the Ax at AHRQ | The Health Care Blog

House fails to fund AHRQ....

U.S. Congress chooses between social security and health quality organization.

An example of an AHRQ report:

Comparative Effectiveness Reviews are systematic reviews of existing research on the effectiveness, comparative effectiveness, and harms of different health care interventions. They provide syntheses of relevant evidence to inform real-world health care decisions for patients, providers, and policymakers. Strong methodologic approaches to systematic review improve the transparency, consistency, and scientific rigor of these reports. Through a collaborative effort of the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the EHC Program Scientific Resource Center, and the AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Centers have developed a Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews. This Guide presents issues key to the development of Comparative Effectiveness Reviews and describes recommended approaches for addressing difficult, frequently encountered methodological issues.
The Methods Guide for Comparative Effectiveness Reviews is a living document, and will be updated as further empiric evidence develops and our understanding of better methods improves. Comments and suggestions on the Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews and the Effective Health Care Program can be made at
This document was written with support from the Effective Health Care Program at AHRQ.

AHRQ Master Index

Health Train Express recommends readers review the AHRQ Master Index for an overall view of what and how AHRQ spends it's money.  What is your opinion on how de-funding AHRQ will effect health care ?  Is it a duplication of other organizations that perform similar if not identical tasks?
The Affordable Care Act is stimulating the growth of other needless and reduncant health organizations focused on outcomes, safety and quality of care. 

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