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  • ACOEM Opposes Legislation to Eliminate AHRQ

    Dear Member of Congress:

    The 139 undersigned organizations representing patients, health professionals, hospitals, scientists, patients, employers, and insurers strongly oppose the FY 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill as reported by the subcommittee on July 18. We are gravely concerned by the assault on science and research, particularly the elimination of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

    AHRQ’s mission is to generate the evidence necessary to build a high-quality, high-value health care system. AHRQ funded research is being used in hospitals, private practices, health departments, and communities across the nation to fuel innovation and improve quality, identify waste, and enhance efficiency of the health care system. It is being used by patients, their loved ones and their health care professionals to make the right health care decisions for themselves and their families. Put plainly, this research helps Americans get their money’s worth when it comes health care. We need more of it, not less.

    To “terminate” AHRQ in the current fiscal environment is pennywise and pound foolish. Our nation spends more than $2.6 trillion annually on health care – the largest share of which are federal purchases through Medicare, Medicaid, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan, TRICARE, and veterans’ health care. Americans deserve reliable information on how to deliver the best possible care, at the greatest value, with the best outcomes. AHRQ-funded health services research provides those answers.

    We are deeply disappointed by the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill and especially the attack on AHRQ. We urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to oppose any bill that terminates this agency and its important research. For more information on the Friends of AHRQ, contact Emily Holubowich at 202.484.1100 or eholubowich@dc-crd.com.

    Sincerely,

    Academic Pediatric Association Academy of Radiology Research AcademyHealth
    Adult Congenital Heart Association
    Alliance for Aging Research
    American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
    American Academy of Family Physicians
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Academy of Physician Assistants
    American Association for Dental Research
    American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
    American Association of Colleges of Nursing
    American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
    American Association on Health and Disability
    American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
    American College of Cardiology
    American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
    American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    American College of Physicians
    American College of Preventive Medicine
    American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) American Health Planning Association
    American Heart Association
    American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) American Medical Student Association
    American Nurses Association American Osteopathic Association American Pediatric Society
    American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    American Psychiatric Association American Psychological Association American Society for Reproductive Medicine American Society of Hematology
    American Society of Nephrology American Statistical Association American Thoracic Society Amputee Coalition
    Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation
    Arthritis Foundation
    Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
    Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC)
    Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Association of Departments of Family Medicine Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
    Association of Maternal Child and Health Programs (AMCHP) Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs
    Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
    Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Campaign for Public Health Foundation
    Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research
    Cedars-Sinai Health System
    Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University
    Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative
    Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) Cleveland Clinic
    Coalition for Health Funding
    Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research
    Columbia University Medical Center Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA)
    Creighton University Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety (CHRP) Creighton University Center for Oral Health Research
    CWRU Center for Health Care Research & Policy
    Duke Translational Medicine Institute
    Duke University Medical Center
    High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) Indiana University
    Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
    Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
    James M Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical
    Center
    Johns Hopkins University
    Joint Advocacy Coalition of ACRT, APOR, CRF, and SCTS Kaiser Permanente
    Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
    March of Dimes
    Marshfield Clinic
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Mayo Clinic
    McLean Hospital
    Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Mental Health America
    Michigan State University
    Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
    Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
    National Assembly on School-Based Health Care
    National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS)
    National Association of Epilepsy Centers
    National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) National Association of Social Workers
    National Business Group on Health (NBGH) National Osteoporosis Foundation
    National Patient Advocate Foundation
    National Physicians Alliance National Rural Health Association National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
    North American Primary Care Research Group
    Northwestern University
    NYU Langone Medical Center
    Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)
    Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) Partners HealthCare
    Penn Medicine
    Penn State University
    Research!America
    RTI International
    RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College
    Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
    Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
    Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) Society for Pediatric Research
    Society for Public Health Education
    Society for Women’s Health Research Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Society of Hospital Medicine
    Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
    Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
    Spina Bifida Association
    Stony Brook University Medicine
    The AIDS Institute
    The Lupus Foundation of America
    The Regenstrief Institute
    The Schneider Institutes for HealthCare Policy
    Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
    UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research
    UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
    University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine University of Massachusetts Medical School University of Minnesota
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) School of Public Health
    University of Texas System University of Utah Health Sciences Vanderbilt University
    Weill Cornell Medical College