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2016

Issue Date: 09/09/16
Managing multiple medications can be a complex process, especially for at-risk patients with chronic conditions. Evidence shows that clinical pharmacists can improve patient care and in some cases, lower costs by helping patients manage their medications (an approach known as medication therapy...
Issue Date: 08/17/16
For a variety of reasons, ranging from convenience to barriers in accessing primary care and other services, many patients call emergency medical services (EMS) for non-urgent (often chronic) conditions. Yet often these individuals end up being transported by ambulance to—and treated in...
Issue Date: 07/20/16
According to the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC), “patient- and family-centered care” is an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients, and families...
Issue Date: 06/15/16
The National Quality Strategy, or NQS, was first published in March 2011 and is led by AHRQ on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established as part of the Affordable Care Act, the NQS serves as a catalyst and compass for a nationwide focus on quality improvement efforts...
Issue Date: 05/18/16
This issue of the Innovations Exchange is the last in our monthly series focused on health care disparities experienced by different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in the U.S. population. Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced the National...
Issue Date: 04/20/16
This issue of the Innovations Exchange is the fifth in our monthly series focused on health care disparities experienced by different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in the U.S. population. Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced the...
Issue Date: 03/16/16
This issue of the Innovations Exchange is the fourth in our monthly series focused on health care disparities experienced by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and specific priority populations in the U.S.   Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has...
Issue Date: 02/17/16
In shared decisionmaking, the clinician provides information to the patient that facilitates the understanding of the possible outcomes of various treatment options, and encourages the patient to consider his or her personal values and to fully participate in making treatment-related...
Issue Date: 01/20/16
Prescribing of opioid analgesics has increased substantially in recent years, as have the consequences associated with opioid misuse: emergency department (ED) visits, treatment admissions, and overdose-related fatalities. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 1.8 million American...

2015

Issue Date: 12/16/15
This issue of the Innovations Exchange is the third in our monthly series focused on health care disparities experienced by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and specific priority populations in the U.S. Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced...
Issue Date: 11/18/15
This issue of the Innovations Exchange is the second in a new monthly series focused on health care disparities experienced by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and specific priority populations in the U.S. Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has...
Issue Date: 10/21/15
This issue of the Innovations Exchange is the first in a new monthly series focused on health care disparities experienced by different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in the U.S. population.Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced the National...
Issue Date: 09/16/15
Individuals with chronic illnesses often do not adhere to their medication regimens (especially complex ones), typically because they find doing so to be challenging or burdensome, particularly over long periods of time. These challenges are especially pronounced for low-income, uninsured, and...
Issue Date: 08/19/15
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 136.3 million emergency department (ED) visits in the U.S. during 2011. For a variety of reasons, ranging from convenience to barriers in accessing primary care, many patients seek emergency medical care for chronic health...
Issue Date: 07/15/15
Partnerships among health care providers, patients, and families are essential to advancing the practice of patient- and family-centered care (PFCC). Hospitals are implementing innovative policies that embody the core PFCC concepts of participation and collaboration and promote meaningful,...
Issue Date: 06/17/15
Primary care physicians often lack the time and support needed to evaluate their practices and implement new initiatives and technologies to improve care. Evidence-based strategies including practice facilitation and the use of data and performance feedback can help target quality improvement...
Issue Date: 05/20/15
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year there are approximately 610,000 deaths attributed to heart disease, and roughly 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Primary care...
Issue Date: 04/15/15
Preterm births—defined as birth before 37 weeks gestation—are common and can lead to significant health consequences, particularly among babies born to underserved women. Infants born prematurely face increased risk of a number of problems, including low birth weight, chronic breathing issues, and...
Issue Date: 03/18/15
As the U.S. population continues to age, the number of seniors suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia will increase. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer's disease in 2013, and that number is projected to...
Issue Date: 02/18/15
Medication therapy management (MTM) generally refers to a range of services and activities which assist patients in taking their medications appropriately. The American Pharmacists Association defines MTM as “a service or group of services that optimize therapeutic outcomes for individual patients...
Issue Date: 01/21/15
The AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange is expanding efforts to scale up and spread innovations by sponsoring three Learning Communities that aim to improve the delivery of care. Participants in each Learning Community will work together over the next year in an interactive group setting,...

2014

Issue Date: 12/17/14
The AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange is expanding efforts to scale up and spread innovations by sponsoring three Learning Communities that aim to improve the delivery of care. Participants in each Learning Community will work together over the next year in an interactive group setting,...
Issue Date: 11/19/14
Infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, continue to pose a public health problem in the U.S. with high associated health care costs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 there were 23.6 million visits to office-based physicians and...
Issue Date: 10/15/14
Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at increased risk for sleep disorders, substance abuse, depression, and suicide. The National Center for PTSD estimates that 11-20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from PTSD. Programs are using innovative approaches to...
Issue Date: 09/24/14
Hospitals are implementing innovative strategies in surgical care—moving away from traditional paper-based systems, enhancing access to real-time information, and leveraging data in new ways to support quality improvement. The featured Innovations describe how two medical centers redesigned...

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