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HHS Awards $14 Million to Support Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

More than $14.2 million has been awarded to increase the adoption and dissemination of interventions based on patient-centered outcomes research among racial and ethnic minority populations, according to HHS. Patient-centered outcomes research is designed to inform healthcare decisions by providing evidence on the effectiveness, benefits and harms of different treatment options. The evidence is generated from research studies that compare drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries or ways to deliver healthcare.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) awarded grants to Centers of Excellence at universities and medical schools in Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, and New York, and the HHS Office of Minority Health awarded a contract to Westat, Inc. of Rockville, MD. The NIH awards will focus on issues including breast and prostate cancer in underserved populations, cardio-metabolic issues in Native and Pacific people, and health disparities in Harlem, NY.

The awards are part of the investments made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which appropriated $1.1 billion to support patient-centered outcomes research. Of that total, $400 million was authorized to be allocated at the discretion of HHS for a variety of patient-centered outcomes research and related activities. These awards are one part of the overall HHS ARRA strategy and are funded from the funds allocated to HHS. The Office of Minority Health (OMH) and NIMHD will jointly evaluate the scientific progress of the recipients of the grant awards following standard NIH policies and procedures.

The OMH awarded $1,993,000 to Westat. The project will designate diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, including stroke and hypertension, and arthritis as the primary health conditions for which available and appropriate interventions will be identified from comparative effectiveness research. Interventions will be identified for dissemination and adoption among the racial and ethnic populations in two targeted geographic areas. These populations will include African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and urban American Indians/Alaska Natives.

To find out who received grant awards by NIH under its Comparative Effectiveness Research for Eliminating Disparities (CERED) Program, please visit:


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, September 15, 2010

Principles of a Patient-Centered Practice: Medical Home Guidelines for Staffing, Recognition and Evidence-Based Care

This resource delivers essential lessons in a practice-wide redesign from organizations that have already completed the transformation to a medical home — including two of the top 10 commercial health plans for 2009-2010 as ranked by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the US News Media Group and a Level III NCQA-recognized medical home.

Principles of a Patient-Centered Practice: Medical Home Guidelines for Staffing, Recognition and Evidence-Based Care is available from the Healthcare Intelligence Network for $179 by visiting our Online Bookstore or by calling toll-free (888) 446-3530.

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