AHRQ: Making Health Care Safer and Higher Quality for Every American
If you ask someone involved in health care what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) does, he or she could probably get pretty close to the answer—to protect the health and well-being of Americans. The National Institutes of Health? Conducts scientific studies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Fights diseases. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services? Provides public health insurance programs. But if you ask what the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality does, you are likely to get a blank stare, or perhaps more questions.“What purpose does it serve? Isn’t it just like one of these other agencies?” No, it is not. And this is why.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or AHRQ, an agency within HHS, is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America’s health care system. AHRQ produces evidence to help make sure that health care is safe, of the highest quality, and accessible, and tries to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. We’re a small agency with a huge mandate, and we do a lot.
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