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Panelists Explain Value of Health Services Research for Hill Audience

October 5, 2012—A panel of experts in health services research described for more than 100 congressional staff and other attendees the benefits of federal investments in the field at a Sept. 27 briefing, “Health and the Deficit: Using Health Services Research to Reduce Costs and Improve Quality.”

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and Johns Hopkins Medicine senior vice president for patient safety and quality, shared preliminary findings from an initiative he led with support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The nationwide patient safety project has reduced bloodstream infections by 40 percent, saving more than 500 lives and avoiding more than $34 million in health care costs.

Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson, M.D., M.P.H., also emphasized the value of AHRQ-supported initiatives and health services research in improving health care quality and reducing costs, while David Atkins, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), discussed the VA’s efforts in this area.

AAMC joined five other organizations in co-sponsoring the event, which was organized by AcademyHealth and moderated by AcademyHealth president and CEO Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch., M.P.H., FAAP.


Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525


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