Will the AHRQ be Eliminated?
Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies approved a spending bill, which moves along this week to the full Committee for consideration and possible amendments. Then, it’s on to a vote in the House of Representatives.
The bill is generating a fair amount of attention because it takes some drastic steps with respect to government funding of research. Specifically, per Academy Health: "[I]t completely eliminates the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ] (Sec. 227), and prohibits any patient-centered outcomes research (Sec. 217) and all economic research within the National Institutes of Health [NIH] (Page 57, line 19)."
Read the full Journal of the American Medical Association post titled, "Bill Would Gut Patient-Centered Outcomes Research," to learn more.