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NEWS from 2008

June 12 2008 – Update – Register for the AHRQ 2008 Annual Conference

For AHRQ QI users who have not yet registered for the AHRQ 2008 Annual Conference, these are updated instructions for indicating your intent to attend the AHRQ QI Users Meeting. On the meeting registration page, please select “AHRQ QI Meeting” from the “Invitation Only Meetings” list and enter the code QIM301 as the “Invitation Code”

Users that have already registered for the annual meeting do not need to submit another registration in order to attend the AHRQ QI meeting.

We look forward to seeing you in September!


AHRQ's 2008 Annual Conference: Promoting Quality … Partnering for Change

Register now for AHRQ's 2008 Annual Conference, which will be held September 7-10 in Bethesda, MD. Leading national experts will hold sessions on comparative effectiveness research, health information technology, disease prevention and care management, patient safety, and innovations in health care.

For additional information about attending this year’s conference, see: (www.blsmeetings.net/2008ahrqannual).

Part of the Annual Conference, the 2008 AHRQ QI Users Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10 from 8am to 1pm. The one-day meeting will focus on comparative reporting of the AHRQ Quality Indicators, and will feature results from recent validation studies, an update on the National Quality Forum process, guidance on comparative reporting of the AHRQ QI, and perspectives on comparative reporting from national and state policymakers.

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May 21 2008 – Register for the 2008 AHRQ QI Users Meeting

AHRQ's 2008 Annual Conference: Promoting Quality - Partnering for Change

Register now for AHRQ's 2008 Annual Conference, which will be held September 7-10 in Bethesda, MD. Leading national experts will hold sessions on comparative effectiveness research, health information technology, disease prevention and care management, patient safety, and innovations in health care.

For additional information about attending this year's conference, see: (www.blsmeetings.net/2008ahrqannual).

Part of the Annual Conference, the 2008 AHRQ QI Users Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10 from 8am to 1pm. The one-day meeting will focus on comparative reporting of the AHRQ Quality Indicators, and will feature results from recent validation studies, an update on the National Quality Forum process, guidance on comparative reporting of the AHRQ QI, and perspectives on comparative reporting from national and state policymakers.

When registering for the Annual Conference, be sure to indicate your interest in attending the AHRQ QI Users Meeting at: (http://www.blsmeetings.net/2008ahrqannual/polling.cfm).

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April 8 2008 – Phase II of the Validation Pilot for the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking an indication of interest from organizations willing to participate in Phase II of the AHRQ Quality Indicators Validation Pilot. The validation pilot is designed to gather evidence on the scientific acceptability of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) in an effort to consolidate the evidence base of the AHRQ PSI, to improve guidance on the interpretation and use of AHRQ PSI data, and to evaluate potential refinements to the AHRQ PSI specifications. Partner organizations may include individual hospitals, hospital systems, hospital associations, state governments, or other organizations engaged in quality improvement, public reporting and/or health data activities with access to administrative and medical record data on acute inpatient hospital stays. For more information, see: (AHRQ QI Validation Pilot Phase II_Interest Form_Final.doc).

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March 10 - Release of AHRQ Quality Indicator Version 3.2

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces the release of the AHRQ Quality Indicator Version 3.2 for the Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI), Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQI), Patient Safety Indicators (PSI), and Pediatric Quality Indicator (PedQI) modules. The software and documentation are now available for download from the AHRQ QI web site at: (www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/Archive/software.aspx).

This release will incorporate several indicator revisions made pursuant to the submission of the AHRQ Quality Indicators to the NQF consensus development process for National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Hospital Care: Additional Priorities, 2007 (http://www.qualityforum.org/projects/ongoing/hosp-priorities2007).

Relevant links to software and documentation are provided below.

  1. Prevention Quality Indicators FY2008 Coding Update (Version 3.2)
    Version 3.2 includes the FY2008 coding update of the AHRQ Prevention Quality Indicators. All PQI documentation and software are now available for download or viewing on the AHRQ Quality Indicators website (http://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/Archive/default.aspx#pqi) in Microsoft® Word® and PDF format.
  2. Inpatient Quality Indicators FY2008 Coding Update (Version 3.2)
    Version 3.2 includes the FY2008 coding update of the AHRQ Inpatient Quality Indicators. All IQI documentation and software are now available for download or viewing on the AHRQ Quality Indicators website (http://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/Archive/default.aspx#iqi) in Microsoft Word and PDF format.
  3. Patient Safety Indicators FY2008 Coding Update (Version 3.2)
    Version 3.2 includes the FY2008 coding update of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators. All PSI documentation and software are now available for download or viewing on the AHRQ Quality Indicators website (http://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/Archive/default.aspx#pqi) in Microsoft Word and PDF format.
  4. Pediatric Quality Indicators FY2008 Coding Update (Version 3.2)
    Version 3.2 includes the FY2008 coding update of the AHRQ Pediatric Quality Indicators. All PedQI documentation and software are now available for download or viewing on the AHRQ Quality Indicators website (http://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/Archive/default.aspx#pdi) in Microsoft Word and PDF format.

For questions, please contact QIsupport@ahrq.hhs.gov or leave a voicemail at (301) 427-1949

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