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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

AHRQ Request for Information on HealthIT and Quality Measurement

AHRQ recently posted 15 questions about Quality Measurement in a request for information from the public.  Unlike other RFIs I've seen lately, this one is remarkably clear and concise.  Even so, I thought it would be interesting to try an summarize the fifteen questions even further.  Sometimes I find restating the question in simpler terms makes them easier to answer:

  1. Who are you and why should we care?
  2. Whose voice isn't being heard and how can we make it louder?
  3. What do you think is hard and how could it be made easier?
  4. How should we talk to patients?
  5. Measure developers?
  6. How is quality measurement related to clinical decision support?  Are they the same thing?
  7. How can we go faster without making your life impossible?
  8. Is MAT Helping?  What else could we do?
  9. What about Natural Language Processing?
  10. What do we need to deal with longitudinal data?  
  11. How should we talk to doctors?
  12. How do we get stakeholders to talk to each other?
  13. How can we move away from claims based CQMs?
  14. What have you found to be successful?
  15. Please show us ... (some of us are from Missouri)...
These are great questions, and I'll be thinking about some of the answers over the coming weeks.  The deadline for responses is August 20th, 2012.


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