AHRQ Newsletter: updated state quality data, blood clot prevention guide

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August 30, 2016, Issue #531

AHRQ Stats: Kids’ Dental Care

From 2010 to 2012, fewer than 42 percent of all U.S. children, and fewer than 30 percent of all Medicaid-eligible children, had an annual dental office visit. (Source: “Annual Report on Children's Health Care: Dental and Orthodontic Utilization and Expenditures for Children, 2010-2012.” Published in Academic Pediatrics utilizing data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.)

Today's Headlines:

AHRQ Data Identify States That Rank Highest in Health Care Quality

Maine, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Minnesota were the nation’s top-performing states for health care quality, according to AHRQ’s updated State Snapshots. The State Snapshots are an interactive online resource that provides state-level data showing how all 50 states and the District of Columbia performed on more than 250 measures related to health care quality and access to care. Drawn from AHRQ’s 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, the State Snapshots show how each state fared according to National Quality Strategy priorities, prevalence of diseases and conditions, health status of priority populations, insurance status, access to care, type of care and setting of care. While the 2015 report shows progress nationwide in access to and affordability of care, the State Snapshots reveal substantial variations across states and sizable disparities related to race, ethnicity, income and other factors. Learn more about AHRQ’s State Snapshots, which offer easy-to-read charts on the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement in each state.

AHRQ Releases Updated Guide To Help Clinicians Prevent Blood Clots

VTE Guide

An updated resource from AHRQ, “Preventing Hospital-Associated Venous Thromboembolism: A Guide for Effective Quality Improvement,” offers step-by-step guidance to clinicians on how to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE). Originally published in 2008, the updated guide includes new and improved metrics for tracking the adequacy of VTE prophylaxis, increased use of electronic health records, more examples of tools, and lessons learned while detailing how to start, implement, evaluate and sustain a VTE prevention strategy. VTE is a term that describes blood clots in the deep veins of the legs, arms or pelvis (also known as deep vein thrombosis), as well as pulmonary embolism, which occurs when clots dislodge and travel to the lung. To order copies of the guide at no cost, email the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse, AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov, or call 800-358-9295. In addition, check out English or Spanish versions of AHRQ’s patient education brochure and video on the proper use of blood thinners.

Register Now for Fall TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer Online Courses

AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS® training curriculum is available online as an accredited course, allowing health care providers to become certified as TeamSTEPPS Master Trainers through a Web-based course. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based patient safety training program that emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork among health care professionals. TeamSTEPPS Master Trainers are prepared to guide TeamSTEPPS training and implementation in a variety of settings. Enrollment is open for the next course beginning in September as well as subsequent courses throughout the fall. Potential participants are encouraged to complete the TeamSTEPPS readiness assessment. The course is offered at no cost, but participants must create a change team, submit a draft change plan and upload a letter of commitment before receiving an enrollment code. Create an account to begin drafting a change plan.

Keep Us Informed About Your Research Accepted for Publication

AHRQ’s Office of Communications works with grantees and contractors, as well as our own intramural researchers, to promote findings from AHRQ-funded research. We rely on you to alert us when this research is accepted for publication. Here’s how you can help: When a journal manuscript is accepted for publication, either online or in print, send an email to our tracking team at JournalPublishing@ahrq.hhs.gov. To share the details, please complete and attach our fillable PDF “Get Recognition for Your AHRQ-Funded Study." We need four to six weeks before publication to review the content for potential outreach. Outreach ranges from a press release to a citation in this newsletter. AHRQ honors all journal embargo dates, so manuscripts sent to the database will remain confidential. Thanks for your cooperation.

Featured Case Study: Maryland Ambulatory Care Center Uses AHRQ Training To Boost Patient Safety

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center at Fort George C. Meade in Maryland introduced AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS® patient safety training program to its 650-member workforce in 2011. By 2015, employee teamwork at Kimbrough had improved by 12 percent. Access the case study.

AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Using electronic health record data to measure care quality for individuals with multiple chronic medical conditions. Bayliss EA, McQuillan DB, Ellis JL, et al. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Jul 7. [Epub ahead of print.] Access the abstract in PubMed®.

A national report of nursing home information technology adoption and quality measures. Alexander GL, Madsen RW, Miller E, et al. J Nurs Care Qual. 2016 Jul-Sep;31(3):201-6. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Maximizing team performance: the critical role of the nurse leader. Manges K, Scott-Cawiezell J, Ward MM. Nurs Forum. 2016 May 19. [Epub ahead of print.] Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Atopic dermatitis is associated with less physical activity in US adults. Silverberg JI, Song J, Pinto D, et al. J Invest Dermatol. 2016 Aug;136(8):1714-6. Epub 2016 May 14. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Health-related quality of life in lung cancer survivors: Latent class and latent transition analysis. Kenzik KM, Martin MY, Fouad MN, et al. Cancer. 2015 May 1;121(9):1520-8. Epub 2015 Jan 6. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Ethical issues in patient-centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research: a pilot study of community dialogue. Brody H, Croisant SA, Crowder JW, et al. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2015 Feb;10(1):22-30. Epub 2015 Jan 13. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Developing the surveillance algorithm for detection of failure to recognize and treat severe sepsis. Harrison AM, Thongprayoon C, Kashyap R, et al. Mayo Clin Proc. 2015 Feb;90(2):166-75. Epub 2015 Jan 6. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

A framework to guide implementation research for care transitions interventions. Dy SM, Ashok M, Wines RC, et al. J Healthc Qual. 2015 Jan-Feb;37(1):41-54. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Contact Information

Please address comments and questions about the AHRQ Electronic Newsletter to Bruce Seeman at: (301) 427-1998 or Bruce.Seeman@ahrq.hhs.gov.