July 2012

Screening Electronic Veterans' Health Records for Medication Discontinuation

July 18, 2012


Many patients stop taking medications for chronic conditions, thereby reducing the effectiveness of healthcare. An attempt to screen electronic VA healthcare records to identify patients as they discontinued a medication was not an efficient approach to this problem.

Exploring Health Plan Perspectives in Collecting and Using Data on Race, Ethnicity, and Language

July 12, 2012


In-depth interviews were conducted with 15 health plans to explore why plans collect or forgo race, ethnicity, and language (REL) data collection efforts, and the challenges encountered with collecting and using data for quality improvement.