AHRQ Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks Update

HHS Announces $112 million in AHRQ Awards To Help 5,000 Primary Care Professionals Advance Heart Health

HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced awards of $112 million to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states to improve the heart health of nearly 8 million patients. The grants represent one of the largest research investments to date by AHRQ. The initiative, EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care, establishes seven regional cooperatives composed of multidisciplinary teams of experts that will provide quality improvement services to up to 300 small primary care practices. An eighth awardee will receive a grant to conduct an independent external evaluation of the initiative. The awards are aligned with the Department’s Million Hearts® national initiative to prevent heart attacks and stroke and will incorporate the most recent evidence on how best to deliver the ABCS of cardiovascular prevention into their patients’ care—aspirin use by high-risk individuals, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation. Services provided as part of the EvidenceNOW initiative include onsite coaching, consultation from experts in health care delivery improvement, sharing best practices, and electronic health record support.