AHRQ revises proposed collection tools for consumer reports of medical errors   06/06/2013
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has revised its proposed information collection for a prototype consumer reporting system for patient safety events, and will accept comments on the revisions through July 8, according to a notice published in today’s Federal Register. The project includes a proposed form to collect information voluntarily reported by patients, consumers, family members and other caregivers via the Internet or telephone. The agency said it has made substantial changes to the data collection tools and supporting documentation based on comments received last fall, and intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget to approve the proposed information collection. The agency has contracted with RAND Corp. to pilot test the instrument to ascertain whether consumers can use it, and whether useful information can be obtained that will further understanding of potential missteps in patient care. Comments in response to today’s notice will be summarized and included in the agency’s request for OMB approval.
FY 2013 deadline to begin Medicare EHR attestation approaching   06/06/2013
July 3 is the last day for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to begin their 90-day reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare electronic health record incentive program for fiscal year 2013. Hospitals that begin attesting to meaningful use of EHRs for the first time this year must report on specific performance metrics for a 90-day period ending on or before Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. Hospitals that began attesting in 2011 or 2012 must report on the metrics for a full year in FY 2013. Hospitals must attest to meaningful use for FY 2013 to benefit fully from the Medicare program's incentives. For more on Medicare EHR attestation, visit www.cms.gov.
IOM, NRC identify gun violence research priorities   06/06/2013
A new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council proposes research priorities to better understand the causes of gun-related violence, interventions that might prevent it and strategies to minimize its public health burden. Among other topics, the report recommends research on the characteristics of and risk factors for gun violence, the effectiveness of various prevention approaches, and the influence of video and media violence on real-life violence. The report was requested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and CDC Foundation in response to an executive order directing the CDC to identify the most pressing research on the issue following a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT. “In accordance with the CDC’s charge, the committee did not focus on public health surveillance and potentially related behavioral/mental health issues, as these will be addressed separately,” the report states.
CMS announces next webinar on second round of innovation grants   06/06/2013
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host an informational webinar June 12 for potential applicants in round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards, which will provide up to $1 billion in funding to test new payment and service delivery models. The webinar, the second in a series, will focus on two of the four innovation categories: reducing Medicare, Medicaid and or/Children's Health Insurance Program expenditures in outpatient and/or post-acute settings, and improving care for populations with specialized needs. All applicants for round two, announced last month, must submit by June 28 a non-binding letter of intent to apply. Health care providers and health systems are eligible. To register for the 90-minute webinar, click here.