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CTSA Program Modifications Approved During NCATS Advisory Council Meeting

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Advisory Council approved program modifications to the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program during its virtual meeting on June 11. The changes were informed by input received through the request for information (RFI) NCATS issued in 2019, to which the AAMC responded, and by other stakeholder feedback. Read more.

Checklist for Health Care Leadership on Health IT and Clinician Burnout

This checklist from the National Academy of Medicine includes concrete, actionable steps health care institutions can take to enhance clinician wellbeing and resilience by reducing the usability problems and administrative burdens generated by health information technology, such as electronic health records.

A Unified Approach to Building Responsive, Resilient Health Care Systems

This white paper from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement describes a new framework for implementing change and quality improvement work in health systems. Whole system quality "enables organizations to close the gap between the quality that customers are currently receiving and the quality that they could be receiving by integrating quality planning, quality control, and quality improvement activities across multiple levels of the system."

Perspectives

Officials Outline the Vision for ARPA-H

Government officials describe, in a commentary published in Science, the vision for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). As stated in the NIH press release, “Included in the President’s fiscal year 2022 budget with a requested funding level of $6.5 billion, ARPA-H would accelerate biomedical innovation and adoption of technologies and approaches to revolutionize healthcare and medicine.”

NIH Leaders Detail Commitment to End Structural Racism in Biomedical Science

In a perspective piece in Cell and accompanying press release, National Institutes of Health (NIH) leaders outline the NIH's current diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and outline NIH UNITE, "a  new framework to end structural racism across the biomedical research enterprise and spur much needed widescale, systematic changes."

Reducing Low-Value Care and Improving Health Care Value

This viewpoint from JAMA Network suggests a theory of change for reducing the use of health care services of little or no benefit to patients. "Transitioning to a state of health care delivery that prioritizes value over volume will require balancing “top-down” policy prescriptions with a “bottom-up” approach geared toward affecting local cultural change."

Literature

Bringing Equity to Implementation

A special issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review focuses on the intersection of implementation science and equity initiatives. "This collection of articles reviews case studies and articulates lessons for incorporating the knowledge and leadership of marginalized communities into the policies and practices intended to serve them."

Get Involved

PCORI Health Systems Implementation Initiative RFI & Webinar

Jun. 29, 12-1 p.m. ET -- The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is hosting a webinar about a new initiative to facilitate the uptake of evidence from PCORI-funded research directly within health systems. Through the Health Systems Implementation Initiative, health care delivery systems and provider-aligned health plans will have the opportunity to improve health care and health outcomes to support lasting change. PCORI has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to get input from health systems and provider-aligned health plans. Responses are due July 15.

Advocacy

Senate Approves Bipartisan Research Competitiveness Bill

The U.S. Senate approved passage of the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 by a vote of 68-32 on June 8. The passage followed nearly two weeks of floor debate on the $250 billion package to enhance the United States’ global research competitiveness, support domestic manufacturing, and address foreign government influence in research. 

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