PCORI announces second round of research funding   09/17/2012
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will accept applications through Dec. 17 for up to $96 million in funding for research to help patients and caregivers make better informed health and health care decisions. Hospitals and others must submit letters of intent to apply by Oct. 15. Authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the funding will support four of the Institute's five national research priorities: assessing prevention, diagnosis and treatment options; improving health care systems; communicating and disseminating research; and addressing disparities. Proposals must involve patients and caregivers and will be evaluated in part on their potential to help others reproduce their results. For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/pfa. Funding for the Institute's fifth research priority - accelerating patient-centered and methodological research - will be announced this fall.
AHRQ report assesses interventions to improve medication adherence    09/17/2012
Reducing out-of-pocket expenses and improving prescription drug coverage, case management and educational interventions offer promising approaches to improving medication adherence for chronic conditions, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. "Within clinical conditions, we found the strongest support for self-management of medications for short-term improvement in adherence for asthma patients; collaborative care or case management programs for short-term improvement of adherence and to improve symptoms for patients taking depression medications; and pharmacist led approaches for hypertensive patients to improve systolic blood pressure," the report concludes. The report assesses the effectiveness of interventions to increase medication adherence based on a review of the existing research literature. "Evidence on whether these approaches have broad applicability for clinical conditions and populations is limited, as is evidence regarding long-term medication adherence or health outcomes," the authors said.
HRSA names center to promote expertise in team-based care   09/17/2012
The University of Minnesota Academic Health Center will receive $4 million over five years to promote expertise in interprofessional education and collaborative practice among health care professionals, particularly in medically underserved areas, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced Friday. The Coordinating Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice will include partnerships with other training and health delivery sites, HRSA said. "We all share the vision of a U.S. health care system that engages patients, families and communities in collaborative, team-based care," said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield. "This coordinating center will help us move forward to achieve that goal."
Equity of Care video highlights efforts to end health care disparities   09/17/2012
The Equity of Care initiative last week posted a short video describing progress in the first year of its National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. "One year of course is not enough - we have much to do but our progress is real and the momentum we are gaining is strong," writes Richard de Filippi, chair of the AHA's Equity of Care Committee and former chair of the board at Cambridge (MA) Health Alliance, in an associated blog. Launched last July by the AHA, Association of American Medical Colleges, American College of Healthcare Executives, Catholic Health Association of the United States, and National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, the initiative works to increase diversity in governance and management; cultural competency training for clinicians and support staff; and collection and use of race, ethnicity and language preference data.
AHE honors outstanding environmental services staff    09/17/2012
The AHA's Association for the Healthcare Environment today presented  its first Heart of Healthcare Awards, honoring outstanding frontline environmental services staff for their critical role in supporting patient safety and satisfaction. Elsa Enriquez of Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ, received the first place award, while honorable mentions went to Martha Bonilla of Tampa (FL) General Hospital; Terry Perkins of Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT; and Kim Tyler of Tenet St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Presented at the AHE annual conference in Phoenix, the award is part of an AHE campaign developed with Kimberly-Clark Professional to recognize and promote best practices in cleaning and disinfecting the health care environment. AHE is an AHA personal membership group.