News and Updates for Healthcare Professionals

What You Need to Know About CDC's Updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids

Everyone should receive safe and effective pain care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) understands that treating patients living with pain can be complex and that treatment is highly individualized.

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Comparison of diuretics shows no difference in heart failure survival

NIH-funded clinical trial underscores need for better treatments for deadly condition.

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Good hydration linked to healthy aging

NIH findings may provide early clues about increased risks for advanced biological aging and premature death.

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For Hospice Care, a Pressing Need to Ensure Quality for Patients and Families

In the last of four blog posts on the challenges of advancing healthcare quality, members of AHRQ’s National Advisory Council highlight that little is known about the current quality of hospice care and how it varies across hospice programs. The authors assert that, as the population ages and older Americans continue to rely on hospice for their end-of-life care, there needs to be a call to action across all federal healthcare agencies, ensuring patients and their loved ones receive the quality of care they need. While hospice care outcome measures should not be overly complex, they must be actionable, applicable, and meaningful to patients and caregivers. Access the blog post, as well as a previous overview blog by AHRQ Director Robert Otto Valdez, Ph.D., M.H.S.A.

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ADA Advises New BP, Lipid Targets for People With Diabetes

New more aggressive targets for blood pressure and lipids are among the changes to the annual American Diabetes Association (ADA) Standards of Care in Diabetes — 2023.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults: Screening

Recommendations made by the USPSTF are independent of the U.S. government. They should not be construed as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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5 key takeaways from new ACC/AHA aortic disease guidelines

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) have released new guidelines for the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with aortic disease. The in-depth document, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, covers a variety of topics, including thoracic aortic disease, peripheral artery disease, shared decision-making and cardiac imaging.[1]

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2022 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report

For the 20th year, AHRQ is reporting on healthcare quality and disparities. The annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report is mandated by Congress to provide a comprehensive overview of the quality of healthcare received by the general U.S. population and disparities in care experienced by different racial and socioeconomic groups. The report is produced with the help of an Interagency Work Group led by AHRQ.

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2022 ACC ECDP on Integrating ASCVD and Multimorbidity Treatment

The American College of Cardiology has published a new guidance document focused on the treatment of patients who present with hyperlipidemia and multiple chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and atrial fibrillation:

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AHRQ request information on best care for persons with multiple chronic conditions

On September 16th, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register seeking public comment about comprehensive, longitudinal, person-centered care planning for people at risk for or living with Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC). We encourage you or others in your organization to review the RFI and submit comments. We also encourage you to share this information with others in your network. Comments can be submitted until November 15, 2022.

Specifically, the RFI seeks comment on the current state of comprehensive, longitudinal, person-centered care planning for people at risk for or living with MCC across settings of care (e.g., health systems, primary care, home, and other ambulatory practices), including:

  • Existing models of person-centered care planning, their current scale, and barriers and facilitators to implementation. 
  • Innovative models of care, approaches, promising strategies, and solutions in order for clinicians and practices to routinely engage in person-centered care planning.
  • Evidence for effectiveness of strategies for implementation and delivery of person-centered care planning, their impact on improving health outcomes, as well as evidence on how to adapt, scale, and spread the intervention.