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    Call for Proposals, Abstracts, and Applications

    SIDM Launches the DxQI Seed Grant Program

    Diagnostic errors are the most common, catastrophic and costly of all causes of preventable medical harm. The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) has launched the DxQI Seed Grant Program to engage health care organizations in efforts to identify, develop, and test interventions aimed at improving diagnostic quality and reducing harm from diagnostic error. Twenty grantees will be awarded up to $50,000 for their QI projects. Learn more and apply here.

    Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Diagnostic Excellence Initiative Request for Proposals

    The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is offering a new funding opportunity as part of their Diagnostic Excellence Initiative. They are soliciting a second round of novel ideas and approaches for developing new clinical quality measures to improve diagnosis, specifically targeting three major categories of disease: acute vascular events, infection and cancer. A full list of measure development projects that have already been funded can be found here.

    NCHS Announces Call for Abstracts for an Opioid Survey Question Evaluation Symposium

    The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will host a symposium in Washington, D.C. in September 2020 focused on empirical evaluation of opioid-use related survey questions. In preparation for this meeting, NCHS seeks input from both federal and non-federal partners to better understand what measures are being used and how those measures have been evaluated for opioid-use related survey questions. Abstracts are due by Friday March 6, 2020. Further information can be found here.

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    Volume 4, Issue 1 of Learning Health Systems is Now Available

    As a collaborative initiative, the University of Michigan published Learning Health Systems (LHS) is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal. Its goal is to advance the interdisciplinary area of learning health systems. LHS seeks to achieve continuous rapid improvement in health and health care and to transform organizational practice. The journal includes computable knowledge publications, research reports, experience reports, technical reports, policy analyses, briefs and commentaries. Read Volume 4, Issue 1 here.

    New AHRQ Study Shows Lower Infant Infection in ICUs When Parents Are Decolonized

    Parents of infants in neonatal intensive care units who are decolonized with a nasal antibiotic and a skin disinfectant are less likely to transmit Staphylococcus aureus to their baby, according to a new AHRQ-funded study in JAMA. In their study of 208 babies, researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that decolonizing parents reduced infant infections by half. Further work is needed to confirm the findings, researchers noted.

    American Institutes for Research (AIR) Contributes to Study on what Motivates Patients and Caregivers to Engage in Research

    AIR’s Andrew Amolegbe, Maureen Maurer, and Rikki Mangrum, along with colleagues at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, coauthored an article, “What Motivates Patients and Caregivers to Engage in Health Research and How Engagement Affects Their Lives: Qualitative Survey Findings,” in Health Expectations. The study identified patient and caregiver motivations for engaging in research partnerships and what they get out of the experience, which may help researchers attract partners and foster more satisfying and sustainable partnerships.

    UCSF Researchers Author a Systematic Review of Economic Analyses

    Single-payer health care financing would reduce health expenditures while providing high-quality insurance to all US residents. This is the conclusion of researchers from the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley in a recent PLOS Medicine article.

    RTI Publishes Two Blog Posts on Advancing Interoperability

    A team of researchers from RTI International has published two blog posts on advancing interoperability. The first article reflects on progress made within the field of health information exchange, while sharpening the lens on remaining barriers to fulfilling the 21st Century Cures Act vision. The second post describes the reach of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and how FHIR is transforming the health IT landscape. Stay tuned for the third article coming later in February.

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    The Lown Institute Releases Action Plan to Address Medication Overload

    The Lown Institute just released an action plan to address the epidemic of medication overload (harmful multiple medication use) among older Americans. The plan highlights key reforms that are needed to eliminate this widespread problem, including raising awareness about medication overload, reducing pharmaceutical industry influence, improving information at the point of care, and implementing prescription checkups—medication reviews designed for deprescribing unnecessary or harmful medications.

    NYAM Releases Data-Driven Planning Tool for Health

    The New York Academy of Medicine recently released a new and improved version of IMAGE: NYC, the Interactive Map of Aging. An open-source map of NYC’s current and projected population age 65 and older, IMAGE: NYC displays over 150 socio-demographic characteristics with overlays of available resources, services, and amenities by neighborhood. With updated data, tutorials and more, this is a critical tool to support funding, legislation, planning, advocacy and direct services for older adults.

    Systems for Action’s Research-in-Progress Webinar Series

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s initiative, Systems for Action, is hosting a webinar series, which enables investigators to share their systems alignment research and disseminate findings rapidly. The webinar also covers how investigators can identify others with related research interests via interactive Q&A sessions. Links to register for the upcoming one-hour webinars, with full descriptions and presenter information, are available here. Generally occurring biweekly on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. ET.

    AHRQ Sharpens Focus on Digital Health Care Research

    AHRQ is sharpening its focus on digital health care research to advance the agency’s goal of helping to transform the health care system. In his AHRQ Views blog, Director Gopal Khanna, M.B.A., calls for new research initiatives on how the evolving digital health care ecosystem can advance the quality, safety and effectiveness of health care. To reinforce this emphasis, AHRQ updated the name of its Division of Health Information Technology to the Division of Digital Healthcare Research and updated its website.

    New Tool Helps States Make Sense of Low-Value Care Claims Data

    Altarum and VBID Health recently released the Low Value Care Visualizer, an open-source, web-based dashboard that enables users to upload cleaned claims data and generate data visualizations across 44 potential low-value care services. The tool, a product of the Research Consortium for Health Care Value Assessment, is free for anyone to use. Read more.

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    The 20th Anniversary Population Health Colloquium

    Jefferson College of Population Health is proud to serve as the exclusive Academic Partner for the 20th Anniversary Population Health Colloquium. The Colloquium will bring together health care providers, payers, pharmaceutical executives, leading technology and solutions companies, academia and government to highlight advances in population health. Additionally, the Colloquium will feature more than 100 national and regional thought leaders who will examine industry trends and share their expert insights. Learn more and register here.

    Cross-Sector Alignment: Built to Last Conference Registration is Open

    Registration is now open for the Aligning Systems for Health's 2020 national meeting, Cross-Sector Alignment: Built to Last, (April 21-22 in Baltimore). If you are a catalyst, researcher, funder, or practitioner you should attend to enhance your understanding of how the health care, public health, and social service sectors can align to support the goals and needs of the people and communities they serve; share important and timely learnings and make sense of them together; network with colleagues; and leave in action with new insights. The Georgia Health Policy Center leads the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national initiative, Aligning Systems for Health: Health Care + Public Health + Social Services.

    Planned Parenthood/Manatt Release Contraceptive Quality Measures Guidelines

    Planned Parenthood, along with Manatt Health, created guidelines to support policymakers and their payer and provider partners interested in implementing the National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed contraceptive care quality measures. The NQF measures assess the degree to which women access effective methods of contraception, and in turn, help provide an opportunity to evaluate and improve access. These guidelines help ensure the NQF measures are implemented appropriately with respect to women’s agency in their contraceptive use.

    Mathematica Showcases Innovative Analysis, Data Mining, and Visualizations at Health Datapalooza

    At this year’s Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C., Mathematica staff showcased their expertise in data visualizations, machine learning, and data mining to help progress together on critical issues in today’s health policy environment. A presentation and posters, including a poster on the Community Connector open-source app, highlighted how they’re helping clients achieve workflow efficiency and using innovative analytics on high quality data to deliver comprehensive solutions to today’s health challenges.
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    New and Renewing Organizational Affiliate Members

    Thank you to the organizations that joined/renewed as an Organizational Affiliate member last month. With your support, AcademyHealth is better equipped to continue building the professions of health services research and health policy.


    • Regenstrief Institute Inc.


    • American Heart Association

    • Jewish Healthcare Foundation

    • John Snow, Inc.

    • Kaiser Permanente

    • Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute

    • University of Iowa, College of Public Health
    • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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