Thanks to Congress keeping the federal government open, I had a chance to attend the AHRQ Research Conference on October 4, 2015. I thought I would share a few observations.
The Plenary and literature on display vividly illustrated the richness of activities underway at AHRQ. Lisa Simpson, President and CEO of AcademyHealth, opened the session by reflecting on the importance of AHRQ-supported activities. Mary Wakefield, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), gave an overview of how AHRQ activities fit within the broader context of HHS. The highlight of the plenary was Rick Kronick, Director of AHRQ, quantifying the impact of their work. He focused on safety and quality as particular success stories. An estimated 1.3 million medical errors, 50,000 deaths, and $12 billion in spending were avoided because of AHRQ research and tools. That’s a lot for just a few years! And there is no arguing the societal good of these reductions. ... Read more
The American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) convened a Forum: Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates through Enhanced Partnerships between Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions and Federally Qualified Health Centers. The Forum was attended by 140+ participants on September 16-17, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The goal of the Forum was to help states achieve colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% by 2018. Participants heard from selected speakers who shared evidence-based strategies and tools to support eleven, six-member state teams. The teams were comprised of a Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Director, State Primary Care Association representative, ACS health systems manager, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) representative, and two others such as a health department... Read more