Westat Wins New Work to Improve Patient Health Care Delivery, Continue Support to Hospital Care Survey

Westat recently won 2 master contracts, bringing our research, dissemination, technical assistance, and IT capabilities to support innovations in health care research that can lead to improved patient outcomes.

Accelerating Change and Transforming Organizations and Networks (ACTION IV). ACTION IV—an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) 5-year contract sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)—supports field-based delivery system research. Through ACTION IV task orders, AHRQ supports and studies the development and testing of interventions designed to improve care delivery, and the dissemination and implementation of successful care delivery models in diverse care settings. Projects focus on field-based research in real-world settings to understand the reasons why, and under what conditions, health care improvement interventions are successful. Westat has assembled a team able to address these complex design, implementation, and evaluation projects that require innovative, tailored, technical approaches. Our emphasis will be to carefully consider the clinical context to ensure relevance, engagement, and uptake.

Recruitment and Electronic Data Collection for the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS). This 10-year blanket purchase agreement (BPA), valued at $90 million, is intended to support the recruitment and electronic data collection for the National Health Care Surveys (NHCS) for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), an agency under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NCHS surveys include a family of nationally representative surveys of health care providers in inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory, and long-term care settings—with some transitioning from manual data collection to electronic data collection. The task orders under this BPA will provide NCHS with a broad range of recruitment and IT services related to electronic data collection, recruitment, and maintaining the cooperation of survey participants with the NHCS as well as the collection of survey participants’ electronic data. These surveys focus on answering key questions of interest to health care policymakers, public health professionals, and researchers.

“Westat looks forward to continuing our support of the missions of AHRQ and NCHS to improve health care delivery and providing solutions for improved patient outcomes,” noted Lois Olinger, a Westat Vice President for Behavioral Health and Health Policy.


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