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Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Centers of Excellence

Examining health systems in five regions to understand the role of incentives, use of health IT and organizational integration within systems and its impact on performance and evidence dissemination.

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This effort is part of AHRQ's ongoing work to accelerate the dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research, or PCOR, findings into practice. The three Centers of Excellence will identify, classify, track and compare health care delivery systems to understand the organizational and environmental factors affecting the use of evidence-based medicine.

The RAND Center of Excellence will examine health systems in five regions with the goal of understanding the role of incentives, use of health IT and organizational integration within systems and its impact on performance and evidence dissemination.

PI:  Dennis Scanlon

Can Risk-Adjusted Emergency Department Utilization Measure Quality or Value in Cancer Care?

Evaluating whether oncology patients’ risk-adjusted ED rates can be used as a hospital-level measure of quality and value of care.

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As the costs of treating cancer continue to soar, several organizations have produced value frameworks to identify and highlight high value treatments that provide a favorable balance of quality and cost. However, few include hospital-based outcomes measures other than survival. This study evaluates  whether oncology patients’ risk-adjusted ED rates can be used as a hospital-level measure of quality and value of care.

PI:  Joel Segel

On Campus Ambulatory Intensive Care (AIC)

Developing and implementing innovations in health care delivery that meet the needs of the Penn State employee and beneficiary population who are covered under the University’s health benefits program and who receive care locally in the State College area.

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This project is focused on developing and implementing innovations in health care delivery that meet the needs of the Penn State employee and beneficiary population who are covered under the University’s health benefits program and who receive care locally in the State College area.  The strategic partnership, which includes Penn State Health and various divisions of Penn State University, including the Office of Human Resources, and researchers from the College of Health & Human Development and other colleges, is focused on promoting “high value care,” which is defined as high quality and clinically effective care delivered at the most efficient price point.

PI:  Dennis Scanlon

Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Training (SAFE-T) Center

Enhancing access to high-quality sexual assault care in underserved communities, the SAFE-T Center was launched with support from the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime as a solution.

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When a sexual assault examination is performed at one of our partner hospitals, one of SAFE-T Center’s expert nurses participates through telehealth. The expert nurse appears on a screen where she can talk to, and support, both the on-site nurse and the victim. Though our specialized digital telehealth technology, she can also see the live exam in progress, ensuring best practices, proper evidence collection and a safe, helpful environment for the victim.

PI: Sheridan Miyamoto

Use of New Hepatitis C Drugs and Patients' Health Outcomes in Medicare

Examining use of new HCV drugs and the effects of those drugs on patients’ health outcomes in Medicare.

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New drugs to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) are innovative, but their high prices impose financial pressures on the health care system. A debate is ongoing over how to prioritize those treatments. This project examines use of new HCV drugs and the effects of those drugs on patients’ health outcomes in Medicare while providing important information needed to develop coverage decisions and policies to ensure patients’ access to needed drugs while managing spending.

PI:  Jeah Jung