​HealthAffairs: Moving AHRQ Into The NIH: New Beginning or Beginning Of The End?

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Moving AHRQ Into The NIH: New Beginning Or Beginning Of The End? – March 27, 2017, By Andrew Bindman, HealthAffairsBlog

2018 federal budget. This document is the administration’s signal of its priorities to Congress which is responsible for passing a budget for the president to sign into law. Embedded within this budget was a proposal to dissolve the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a freestanding agency within the Department of Health and Human Services and to move its activities within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). No additional comment was provided in the budget as to how that re-organization would be reflected within the NIH’s structure nor was there any specific budget recommendation for AHRQ beyond the $5.8 billion cut that was included in the budget for the NIH as a whole.

For almost three decades, AHRQ or its predecessor, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), has been the scientific home at the federal level for the health services and primary care research communities. Through its…

G2X TAKE: Authored by the recent Obama administration Director for the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, this article addresses the pros and cons of a proposed move by the new administration to dissolve AHRQ and to move its activities under NIH.

There is still much in the way of clarification required here, but this article does present some of the opportunity that may exist for groups and individuals affected by any move. 

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