PCORI announces next round of research funding    11/19/2012
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will accept applications through March 13, 2013, for up to $12 million in funding for projects that address the methodological gaps in patient-centered outcomes research. PCORI will fund up to 14 projects, and hospitals and others must submit letters of intent to apply by Jan. 15, 2013. Authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the funding supports PCORI's fifth research priority - accelerating patient-centered and methodological research. Additional funding announcements under this priority are expected in 2013. Other national research priorities include 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. 
White paper looks at supply chain management    11/19/2012
The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management recently released a white paper, "Impact of Reform and the Recession on Supply Chain Management." The paper includes results from AHRMM's 2012 health care supply chain survey, which was conducted by business consultant Jamie Kowalski to examine the importance of supply chain management, particularly in relation to economic conditions and changes in the health care field. The paper also discusses leveraging technologies to streamline and increase efficiencies in health care supply chains and the changing health care environment, and the implications for hospitals and care systems of the future. The paper, which is available for download at www.ahrmm.org grew out of an AHRMM forum held at the association's 2012 annual meeting in August. The forum was sponsored by VHA Inc. AHRMM is an AHA personal membership group.
AHA webinar to review latest RAC survey data   11/19/2012
Hospitals are invited to review results from the AHA's latest RACTrac survey and learn more about the initiative during a Dec. 19 webinar. The free web-based survey helps gauge the impact of Medicare's recovery audit contractors and advocate for changes needed to the program. The latest results include new data on RAC denials, appeals and administrative burden. The webinar also will provide an update on RAC program developments. For more on the AHA's RACTrac initiative, visit www.aha.org/aha/issues/RAC/ractrac.html.