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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Module 3: Selected Players (Federal and Private) (Page 27 of 27)

Review Questions

Use these questions to review for the quiz for this module. After successfully taking the quiz and passing it with 80% accuracy, you can choose to get a Certificate of Success for the module.

The bolded text indicates the correct answer.

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Review Questions

1. The national online database of existing clinical practice guidelines is called (what)?

A. CDC Wonder
B. National Guideline Clearinghouse
C. NHIS
D. Medline

The database funded by AHRQ is called the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC). It includes access information, summaries of the guidelines, full text when available, and annotations that will permit users to compare the process by which each guideline was developed and the extent to which recommendations of guidelines on the same topic differ.


2. The former acronym for AHRQ was ... (Select the acronym from the list below).

A. NCHS
B. CDC
C. NHIS
D. AHCPR

AHCPR was the second reincarnation for what was originally the National Center for Health Services Research and Technology Assessment (NCHSR). It is important to remember the names of previous incarnations for the times you see citations with the old name.


3. CMS serves several different audiences and and provides those audiences with information. Which important group served by CMS is missing from this list: the elderly, the poor, _________, health care providers?

A. the underserved
B. physicians
C. health administrators
D. children

CMS serves children through the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).


4. CMS has numerous responsibilities and provides different audiences with information. Researchers can retrieve what kinds of information from the site? (Select the best option)

A. data and statistics
B. demonstration projects/research findings
C. funding opportunities
D. research priorities
E. all of the above
F. none of the above

CMS provides research reports and findings, data, information on funding opportunities and research priorities.


5. The name of the 15-member nonpartisan Commission advises the Congress on Medicare Payment policies is _________. (Select the name from the list below).

A. MedPAC
B. OECD
C. NICHSR
D. DHHS

MedPAC is the Commission that advises the Congress on Medicare Payment policies.


6. NCHS provides access to data on a number of topics. Data can be accessed through a variety of links including FASTATS, CDC Wonder, Data Ferrett and through an collaborative initiative called (what)?

A. marriages
B. Healthy People DATA2010
C. deaths
D. National Obesity Data

Data from the Healthy People 2010 initiative features prominently on the NCHS Web site.


7. The name of NCHS resource where most of the NCHS tabulated and micro-data is stored is called the _____________. (Select name from list below).

A. National Immunization Survey
B. Press room
C. National Health Interview Survey
D. Data Warehouse

The Data Warehouse is the NCHS's for tabulated health and state data, micro-data, morbidity and mortality data, ICD9 Clinical Modification, and database searches and queries.


8. ____________ is the principal biomedical research arm of the federal government and the major funder of biomedical research in the United States. (Select the appropriate agency).

A. Veteran's Administration
B. National Center for Health Statistics
C. National Institutes of Health
D. SAMHSA

The National Institutes of Health is the federal government's principal research arm and the major funder of biomedical research in the United States.


9. NICHSR coordinates the development of new information products and services related to health services research, such as HSRProj, HSTAT, HSRR and a special subfile on DIRLINE. True | False

NICHSR coordinates the development of new information products and services related to health services research.


10. NICHSR is a librarian's best friend due to the links, databases, and content available on the site. True | False

NICHSR produces and organizes quality information and links for the use of health services researchers and librarians.


11. Which agency was established by Congress on October 1, 1992 to strengthen the nation's health care delivery system for prevention and treatment services for substance abuse and mental illnesses? (Select the agency from the list below).

A. Veteran's Affairs
B. NCHS
C. NICHSR
D. SAMHSA

SAMHSA was established by Congress on October 1, 1992 to strengthen the nation's health care delivery system for prevention and treatment services for substance abuse and mental illnesses.


12. The agency with the responsibility for treating veterans and undertaking research activities surrounding the health and care of veterans is called (what)?

A. SAMHSA
B. VA HSR&D
C. NCHS
D. NICHSR

The VA HSR&D section within the VA has the responsibility for doing research into the health and health care of veterans.


13. HSR&D projects are often | rarely interdisciplinary. In addition, they are | are not peer-reviewed and require | do not require progress and final reports. (Three options to select).

A. often | are | require
B. often | are not | require
C. never | are not | do not
D. never | are | require

HSR&D projects are often interdisciplinary. In addition, they are peer-reviewed and require progress and final reports.


14. What important health services research association came about as the result of a merger of the Alpha Center and the Association for Health Services Research in 2000? (select the correct association from the list below).

A. Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi)
B. AcademyHealth
C. ECRI
D. JCAHO

AcademyHealth came about as the result of a merger of the Alpha Center and the Association for Health Services Research in 2000.


15. AAMC makes a variety of specially targeted content available to faculty and students. True | False

The AAMC Organizational Characteristics Database and the Faculty Roster System (FAMOUS) are two examples of content of great use to faculty and students.


16. The Fund with a special interest in building a network of policy-oriented health care researchers whose multinational experience and outlook stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries is called the ___________ Fund. (Select the Fund's name).

A. Freedom Foundation
B. Heritage Foundation
C. Commonwealth Fund
D. Dow Jones Newspaper Fund

The Commonwealth fund through its International Program in Health Policy and Practice seeks to build a network of policy-oriented health care researchers whose multinational experience and outlook stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.


17. The quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of patient care is an important concern of which independent, nonprofit health services research agency? (Select the agency).

A. HTAi
B. ECRI
C. NAHDO
D. Commonwealth Fund

ECRI is an independent, nonprofit health services research agency that works to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of patient care.


18. Which private entity was established in 1970 for the purpose of advancing and protecting the health of the public and which publishes numerous policy documents of importance to health services researchers? (Select the name from the list below).

A. AAMC
B. NICHSR
C. NAHDO
D. IOM (NAS)

The Institute of Medicine was established in 1970 for the purpose of advancing and protecting the health of the public and which publishes numerous policy documents.


19. The Association whose major concern is technology and which publishes the journal, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care is called (what)?

A. American Medical Association (AMA)
B. Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi)
C. National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO)
D. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

HTAi focuses uniquely on health technology assessment (HTA) and provides the key forum for all those from the worlds of health care, academia and business interested in the science, development and application of HTA.


20. The entity that evaluates, accredits, consults, and sets standards for long-term care facilities, ambulatory healthcare organizations, home care agencies, hospices, hospitals, health care delivery networks, and organizations offering major mental health services is called (what)?

A. ISTAHC
B. IOM
C. HTAi
D. JCAHO

JCAHO evaluates, accredits, consults, and sets standards for long-term care facilities, ambulatory healthcare organizations, home care agencies, hospices, hospitals, health care delivery networks, and organizations offering major mental health services.


21. What organization produces State Health Facts?

A. Kaiser Family Foundation
B. ISTAHC
C. HTAi
D. JCAHO

The KFF runs the Statehealthfacts.org Web site which 'is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states. Statehealthfacts.org provides data on more than 450 health topics.'


22. Data are extremely important in research, both the collection and analysis of that data and nearly everyone in the health care field is interested in what those data have to say to them. The following is a list of members of NAHDO: state and federal health data organizations, commercial vendors, third-party payers, national healthcare associations, employee benefits firms, and healthcare researchers. An important group is missing from this list, however. Select the missing group from the list below.

A. corporate CEOs
B. managed-care organizations
C. fee-for-service clinics
D. one-person businesses

The answer is managed-care organizations. Managed care organizations collect and analyze large amounts of health care data in order to improve the quality of their services and care.


23. HEDIS, the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set, enables managed care plans to standardize how they specify, calculate, and report performance data. HEDIS was developed by which agency. (Select the correct name from the list below).

A. ISTAHC
B. JCAHO
C. HTAi
D. NCQA

NCQA developed HEDIS, the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set. HEDIS enables managed care plans to standardize how they specify, calculate, and report performance data.


24. Today, what entity is concerned with three key areas: advancing policy solutions, informing the public, and supporting civic life? (hint: it is not an association).

A. HTAi
B. Pew Charitable Trusts
C. ISTAHC
D. JCAHO

The Pew Charitable Trusts are concerned with three key areas: advancing policy solutions, informing the public, and supporting civic life.


25. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds only single-site projects. True | False

The Foundation funds both "national programs" and single-site projects. National programs are typically directed from institutions outside the Foundation by small staffs of experts supported by grant funds. Grantees are selected from among applicants responding to the Calls for Proposals -- some representing new programs, some recurring ones -- that are issued annually.

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