The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is soliciting proposals for demonstration projects that improve healthcare quality and efficiency through comprehensive sharing of healthcare data on a statewide or regional level. The primary contractor must be either a state government or an agent of one or more state governments that has a formal agreement specifying the involvement of state agencies, the AHRQ said. The total dollar value of the grants has not been established, but an AHRQ spokesman said it will be "substantial." Project participants should include major purchasers of healthcare within the state or region; significant health plans and other payers, both public and private; and healthcare providers, including hospitals, ambulatory-care facilities, home healthcare and long-term-care providers. The roster of participation should ensure complete geographic coverage of the state or region, the AHRQ said. The initiative is separate from a $41 million federal grant program announced last November aimed at funding information technology for improving patient safety and quality of care. Read the AHRQ request. -- by John Morrissey
AHRQ seeks statewide health information projects
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