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AHRQ Extends RFI on Using HIT to Improve Quality Measurement

September 7, 2012—The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Aug. 22 extended its request for information(RFI) deadline to solicit additional examples of successful strategies and challenges for using health information technology (HIT) to measure the quality of care. Providers, insurers, consumers, HIT system developers, and other quality measurement stakeholders will have until Sept. 21 to submit their proposals aimed at helping to improve and increase the electronic capture of quality data.

AHRQ is optimistic that these submissions will improve quality measurement and reporting by using automated data collection systems and by facilitating information exchange across care settings, providers, and patients. Prior to releasing the RFI, the agency constructed a report highlighting the current state of quality measurement through HIT. AHRQ reviewed challenges facing the advancement of quality measurement through HIT, current efforts to address these challenges, and nascent efforts to drive health IT-enabled quality measurement in the future.

The RFI consists of 15 questions, and respondents can choose to address as many of the questions as they wish. The responses to the RFI will be used to develop a summary report, which AHRQ is scheduled to release in the summer of 2013.

Contact:

Scott Wetzel, M.P.P.
Lead, Quality Reporting
Telephone: 202-828-0495
Email: swetzel@aamc.org

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