Healthcare Delivery System Affordability, Efficiency and Quality
One major AHRQ priority is producing evidence that will increase the affordability, efficiency and quality of health care. AHRQ seeks to develop and spread evidence and tools to measure and enhance the efficiency of health systems–the capacity to produce better quality and outcomes while avoiding overutilization, or to maintain quality and outcomes with lower resource use. This includes analyzing variations in quality and resource use, and identifying the factors that differentiate higher-performing (more efficient and higher quality) from lower-performing systems, with special emphasis on understanding the policy-relevant effects of different workforce configurations, organizational strategies, and compensation methods. AHRQ also will fund work to develop and test interventions to improve performance, with the goal of providing promising models to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Intervention (CMMI), states, and private payers and systems. Interested applicants should use AHRQ’s current “parent” funding opportunity announcements for R01s, R18s, R03s, and K08s, and mention this special emphasis notice.