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AHRQ funded programs: An Analysis

Find a funding program of AHRQ and address the following questions:

1) What is the mission and budget?

2) What is the strategic plan of the program?

3) What do they do to control the quality of health care?

4) What do they do for cost containment?

5) How are they aligned with health care professionals?

6) Is this a valuable program or a waste of taxpayer money? If the program has faults, how could it be improved or should it be abandoned?

Defend your position!

I have chosen Projects in Long-Term Care Facilities- a program for 2010 on infection, however I am having a difficult time finding the answers to the above questions or little information on the AHRQ website.

Could you please help and lead me in the right direction?
Thank You
Reference
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/haify10.htm

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Projects in Long-Term Care Facilities- a program for 2010 on infection. Questions to be answered:

1) What is the mission and budget?

The mission of this program is to prevent health-care associated infections and improve the safety of health care for all Americans.
Congress appropriated $34 million to the program for research and implementation projects to prevent and reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

2) What is the strategic plan of the program?

The strategic plan of the program is to provide services in a variety of clinical settings that include hospitals, ambulatory facilities, and long term care facilities among others. Consequently, AHRQ has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Office of Healthcare Quality in the development of 22 projects aimed at addressing research gaps and accelerating the adoption of evidence-based approaches for HAI prevention.

3) What do they do to control the quality of health care?

To control the quality of health care, in various settings, AHRQ uses quality indicators referred to as four "modules". "All four modules rely solely on hospital inpatient administrative data:
1. Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs)--or ambulatory care sensitive conditions--identify hospital ...

Solution Summary

The funding of a program requires many policies and procedures that will ensure the success of the program. This solution discusses the areas that are adressed during the funding process.

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