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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The president’s budget proposes $334 million in Public Health Service Evaluation tap funds for AHRQ in FY 2015, a $30 million (8.2 percent) cut below FY 2014. The agency also is scheduled to receive $106 million transferred from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (PCORTF) in FY 2015, bringing AHRQ’s total proposed program level to $440 million, $24 million (5.2 percent) below the comparable FY 2014 level.
Within the total, the administration proposes to end support for a set of research and dissemination activities included within the “Prevention and Care Management” portfolio; to eliminate the “Value” portfolio; to reserve $15 million in investigator-initiated grants to support health economics research; and to dedicate $15 million for a new multi-year initiative for “Expanding Patient Safety Improvements to All Health Care Settings,” with the goal of extending patient safety activities to primary care practices, nursing homes, and other settings beyond hospitals.
Director, Government Relations