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House Appropriations Committee seeks to cut all AHRQ and PCOR funding

Posted on July 18, 2012 | No Comments

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Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee posted the proposed fiscal year 2013 spending bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies. The bill effectively terminates the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Section 223) by cutting its budget entirely. This is the first such attack on AHRQ funding in almost 20 years.

AHRQ funds research and programs at local universities, hospitals, and health departments that improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care. The bill also cuts funding for patient-centered outcomes research (Section 217). The PCOR funding prohibition would extend to any federal agency in the subcommittee’s jurisdiction.

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