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QUERI to Fund Three New National Programs

March 24, 2016

QUERI is pleased to announce the anticipated funding of three additional national Programs.

The goal of VA's Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) is to improve the health and care of Veterans by implementing effective clinical practices into routine care. The national network of QUERI Programs serve as "laboratories" that use quality improvement strategies to better implement effective practices that help accomplish national VA priority goals through a coalition of operations partners and academically-affiliated VA investigators.

Optimizing Appropriate Use of Medications for Veterans

Program Directors: Paul Heidenreich, MD, and Mary Goldstein, MD, HSR&D Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i), Palo Alto, CA.

Operations Partners: Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services, Patient Care Services (PCS), and Specialty Care Services (SCS).

Impact Goal: Optimize medication management in the VA healthcare system in general and Patient Aligned Care Teams, in particular, using pharmacy networks and decision-support tools to improve the use of high value medications, decrease low-value medications, and improve the safety of high-risk medications.

VA National Priorities: Build a high-performance healthcare network and improve employee engagement.

Combating Antimicrobial Resistance through Rapid Implementation of Available Guidelines and Evidence

Program Directors: Michael Rubin, MD, VA Salt Lake City Health Care System; Charlesnika Evans, PhD, MPH, HSR&D Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH), Hines, IL; and Eli Perencevich, MD, HSR&D Center for Comprehensive Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE), Iowa City, IA.

Operations Partners: National Infectious Diseases Service, National Center for Occupational Health and Infection Control, and the VA National Center for Patient Safety.

Impact Goal: Address the growing concern of antimicrobial resistance through strategies targeting improved use of antibiotics and prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) across VA patient care settings.

VA National Priorities:Build a high-performance healthcare network, improve employee engagement, and US National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria.

Optimizing Function and Independence

Program Directors: Susan Hastings, MD, Courtney Van Houvten, PhD, Kelli Allen, PhD, HSR&D Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham, NC.

Operations Partners: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, VA Social Work, Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC).

Impact Goal: Implement and evaluate evidence-based clinical programs focused on maximizing function and independence in vulnerable Veterans, using implementation strategies that promote flexibility of clinical programs to fit within local environments (Replicating Effective Programs), and enhancing the performance of provider teams (CONNECT).

VA National Priorities: Improve access to best practices, and enhance employee engagement.

Funding is expected to start in FY2017, at $800,000 per year, per Program, for up to five years.

Additional information will be available on the QUERI website shortly.

Congratulations to our investigators!

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