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QUERI to Fund Three New Programs

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

Combating Antimicrobial Resistance through Rapid Implementation of Available Guidelines and Evidence

The primary goal of this QUERI program is to address the growing concern of antimicrobial resistance through strategies that enhance the improved use of antibiotics and prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) across VA patient care settings. This program also will target VA national priorities of building a high-performance healthcare network, improving employee engagement, and enhancing the U.S. National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. The program directors are Michael Rubin, MD, VA Salt Lake City Health Care System; Charlesnika Evans, PhD, MPH, HSR&D's Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH) in Hines, IL; and Eli Perencevich, MD, HSR&D's Center for Comprehensive Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) in Iowa City, IA. The operations partners include the National Infectious Diseases Service, National Center for Occupational Health and Infection Control, and the VA National Center for Patient Safety.

Optimizing Appropriate Use of Medications for Veterans

The goal of this QUERI program will be to optimize medication management in VA in general and Patient-Aligned Care Teams, in particular, using pharmacy networks and decision support tools to improve use of high-value medications, decrease low-value medications and improve the safety of high-risk medications. This program targets VA national priorities of building a high-performance healthcare network and improving employee engagement

The program directors are Paul Heidenreich, MD, and Mary Goldstein, MD, both with HSR&D's Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) in Palo Alto, CA. The operations partners include Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services, Patient Care Services (PCS), and Specialty Care Services (SCS).

Optimizing Function and Independence

The primary goal of this QUERI program is to implement and evaluate evidence-based clinical programs that focus 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). This program will address VA national priorities of improving access to best practices, and enhancing employee engagement. The program directors are Susan Hastings, MD, Courtney Van Houvten, PhD, and Kelli Allen, PhD, all with HSR&D's Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care in Durham, NC. The operations partners include Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, VA Social Work, and Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC).

Funding for these new QUERI programs is expected to start in FY2017. Additional information will be available on the QUERI website soon.

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