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This Federal Agency That Aims To Make Health Care More Effective Is On The Chopping Block, Again

(STAT) Mar 30, 2017 - A little-known federal agency responsible for making health care safer and more efficient has survived 20 years in Washington with a target on its back, but its time may be running out.

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William McGivney, PhD (Posted: April 02, 2017)

quotesAs we now rest “comfortably” in the “Valley of Value-Based Policy-Setting and Decision-Making”, it is quite reasonable to evaluate the benefits of providing organizations like AHRQ with half-a-billion dollars a year and compare how such health care dollars might be better (or not) spent. While one is at it, one might as well throw in PCORI to this evaluative and valuation effort. My experiences with AHRQ are based upon my serving as a reviewer for a grant about 12 years ago, a meeting I had with AHRQ folks when I was CEO of a national organization, my experience with the work product of a large contract let by AHRQ, and general tracking of the agency as it changed names through the years. I started to describe those experiences but thought better of heading down that path. In the briefest of my comments (ever), I believe it is a good time to evaluate the products of these agencies and the Value that they might provide. quotes

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