Coordination of Federal Government quality improvement efforts.)

  • “(a) Research, demonstrations, and evaluations; (1) Improvement of effectiveness and efficiency; (A) In general; To improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care delivered pursuant to the programs established under titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Social Security Act … the Secretary acting through the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (in this section referred to as the ‘Director’), shall conduct and support research to meet the priorities and requests for scientific evidence and information identified by such programs with respect to—(i) the outcomes, comparative clinical effectiveness, and appropriateness of health care items and services (including prescription drugs); and (ii) strategies for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of such programs, including the ways in which such items and services are organized, managed, and delivered under such programs.”

    (42 U.S.C. ­§ 299b-7. Subchapter on Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health Care Improvement Research. Research on outcomes of health care items and services.)

  • “(a) Establishment of program; (1) In general; The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, shall—(A) conduct and support research with respect to the outcomes, effectiveness, and appropriateness of health care services and procedures in order to identify the manner in which diseases, disorders, and other health conditions can most effectively and appropriately be prevented, diagnosed, treated, and managed clinically; and (B) assure that the needs and priorities of the program under subchapter XVIII of this chapter are appropriately reflected in the development and periodic review and updating (through the process set forth in section 299b-2 of this title) of treatment-specific or condition-specific practice guidelines for clinical treatments and conditions in forms appropriate for use in clinical practice, for use in educational programs, and for use in reviewing quality and appropriateness of medical care.”

    (42 U.S.C. ­§ 299b-12. Subchapter on General Provisions, Peer Review, and Administrative Simplification. General Provisions. Research on outcomes of health care services and procedures.)



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