AHRQ lives to fight another day

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

November 18, 2015

Editor’s note: This article was written by Tinker Ready for HealthLeaders Media.

The potential reversal of AHRQ’s fortunes was probably driving more by DC budget wrangling than the perceived value of the agency’s work. Still, its supporters, some of whom rely mightily on AHRQ grants, made a lot of noise and had some fun tooting the agency’s horn.

It looks increasingly like the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will survive the attempt by Congress to shut it down. But it probably won’t be because of the memes supporters sent out on social media.

Memes, those photos with goofy text you’ve probably seen on Facebook, are designed to exponentially filter out through social media. They were just one part of a campaign launched by “Friends of AHRQ” – a coalition of hospitals, researchers, and providers intent on preserving the agency’s federal funding.

The goal was to generate support for the agency after the US House of Representatives approved a budget this summer that would have shut down AHRQ.

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