The Trump administration's 2018 budget proposed to merge the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality with the National Institutes of Health. Experts say the move could benefit AHRQ if the consolidation is done right.
Gopal Khanna has been tapped as the new director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
AHRQ—pronounced “arc” by wonks—is quietly lauded by fans and vocally scorned by detractors. Its mission of figuring out how to improve the healthcare system is all the more daunting for its relatively puny annual budget that for several years has hovered around $430 million.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is quietly fueling research that's shaping the fundamentals of healthcare. Modern Healthcare spoke with AHRQ Director Dr. Andy Bindman about the agency's work, its influence, and the perks and perils of running a little-known federal agency.
Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, 61, is stepping down as: CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation after nearly 14 years as head of the nation's largest philanthropic organization dedicated to health and healthcare issues. She plans to stay on until a successor is chosen.
How states stack up against each other on healthcare quality depends on geography, insurance and a host of other factors.
Apologizing for medical errors invokes fears that the gesture will be construed as an admission of guilt that leads to a massive payout. But a small cohort of providers is pushing back against that idea.
Data Points for the week of Aug. 8, 2016, covered the following topics: Hospital-acquired conditions and deaths averted from HACs, number of hospital-acquired infections leading to deaths, percentage decline in hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions linked to HACs.
Data Points: Mental disorders are the No. 1 condition for medical spending
Data Points for the week of May 23, 2016, covered the following topics: Knee and hip replacements and bundled payments for them from Medicare and the number of Americans with knee and hip replacements.
Richard Kronick will step down as director of HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, effective March 18. He will return to the University of California at San Diego, where he became a faculty member in 1991.
Poor communication is the root of much of the dysfunction in EDs, says Dr. John Toussaint, CEO of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, which advises healthcare executives about eliminating wasteful or inefficient processes. “Teamwork doesn't necessarily come naturally.”