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QUALITY RESOURCE SYSTEMS, INC.

ABOUT QRS

Quality Resource Systems, Inc. (QRS), a woman-owned small business, was incorporated in Virginia in 1989. The firm provides health sector information technology support, GIS analysis, program evaluation, and analytical expertise to federal and state governments as well as universities and private organizations.

Our efforts include the following:


The Area Resource File (ARF)


Quick Health Data Online


Department of Defense Health Systems Analyses


Support for the ESAR-VHP Program


Analysis of Title VII Funding and Physician Practice Location


Analyses and Geo-Political Descriptions for AHRQ


Other DHHS Support


Non-Governmental Support

 
More detailed descriptions of these projects are provided below.

 

QRS has maintained and expanded the Area Resource File System (ARF) (www.arfsys.com) for the past fifteen years under a series of competitive procurements. Under these contracts QRS has identified, evaluated, and integrated health sector and demographic data available at the county and lower geographic levels. One final product of this effort is an annually-updated file with over 6,000 variables of interest to the health services research, health policy, and health planning communities. Data from many sources are integrated into the ARF, including the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Center Health Statistics, and Census.

 

The ARF contract is managed by the Bureau of Health Professions (DHHS/HRSA) with funding provided by the Bureau as well as other DHHS agencies, including AHRQ, ASPE, CMS, CDC/NCHS, and SAMHSA.

 

QRS is currently under contact with DHHS/ OSOPHS/Office on Women's Health to develop and maintain Quick Health Data Online (www.womenshealth.gov/quickhealthdata).   This online system provides an interactive tool for public health researchers, policy makers, and other professionals to assess the health status of women and minority populations across the nation. The majority of the database's indicators are available at the national, regional, state and county-levels for all 50 states, DC and US territories and possessions and are presented by gender and race.  The online system also enables users to construct maps and charts.  Topics presented in the system include Demographics, Maternal and Reproductive Health, Chronic and Infectious Disease, Mortality, Prevention, and Violence.  Under this contract QRS has also prepared comprehensive reports for each of the 10 federal regions describing the health status of women and minority populations, and provided on-site training in each state (and Puerto Rico).

QRS recently completed two multi-year contracts for the Department of Defense/Health Affairs. In an Analysis of Civilian Market Capacity in the Vicinity of Military Treatment Facilities, QRS analyzed the demand placed on the DoD health system by military personnel, dependents, and retirees. QRS assessed the utilization of civil sector resources in the vicinity of DoD installations and estimated the ability of the civil sector to handle a portion of DoD's health care needs. Staff analyzed patient-level military health system data, health resource data, and resource utilization data. In a second contract, QRS developed a CD-based Military Health Atlas. The Atlas enables DoD planners and managers to interactively examine almost 200 variables of interest. Variables include the location of military and civilian hospitals, health centers, and health care providers; population demographics and characteristics; and mortality, natality, disease, and behavioral data. The majority of data are available at the census tract or zip code level to enable assessment of local areas.

 

QRS is assisting HRSA with federal emergency preparedness by supporting the Emergency System for Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP). Through ESAR-VHP, states will develop readily available, verifiable, up-to-date registries of volunteer health care professionals that can be called upon in the event of an emergency or disaster. For this effort, QRS is seeking details of physician licensure and certification and making these data available to programs in the 50 states, DC, Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles County, as well as US territories. QRS is negotiating data access for these jurisdictions with the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the American Osteopathic Association and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Other health professions will be added to the effort (e.g., advance practice nurses) as the program continues.

 

QRS recently conducted an Analysis of Title VII Funding and Physician Practice Location.  For this effort, QRS assessed physicians' specialty and practice location decisions relative to their receipt of funding under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act.  This work was based on prior work done by QRS that tracked physician movement through the various levels of training to their ultimate practice specialty and location. Staff analyzed Title VII grants to medical schools and residency programs, physician training histories, and current practice specialties and locations. The objective of the Title VII program is to promote primary care and practice in underserved locations.

QRS is conducting work to study disparities in the delivery of health care and outcomes of the US health delivery system. This effort, to produce a set of Analyses and Geo-Political Descriptions, explores the priorities of the Department of Health and Human Services, Congress, and Non-Governmental Organizations to ensure the consistency of AHRQ objectives regarding health disparities. QRS is exploring ongoing activities within AHRQ as well as legislative actions and plans, the work in other DHHS agencies, and health services research funded by foundations. The findings will be used by AHRQ to assist in prioritizing the agency's plans.

 

QRS has performed analytical support for numerous DHHS agencies. Recent work includes:

  • Determining the impact of legislation on hospital policies regarding foreign trained nurses;

  • Assessing practice choice location decisions of MDs graduating from US and international medical schools;

  • Describing the health status of minority populations along the US border with Mexico and in Florida; and

  • Providing analytical data files for DHHS agencies, including AHRQ, CMS, and CDC/NCHS.

 

Recent support for non-federal organizations includes:

  • Preparing GIS products examining health infrastructure, using data from national and state-provided sources;

  • Preparing an online grant managment system;

  • Using GIS decision support tools to examine Medicare and Medicaid claims for cases of fraud and/or abuse;

  • Preparing physician specialty data by country of graduation to assess the differences in practice choice locations of USMGs and IMGs;

  • Preparing information for Scientific American on physician scarcity;

  • Preparing information for analysts of the Kiplinger Magazine to rank US communities with regard to access to health resources; and

  • Participating in a study of the health status of minority populations in the Mississippi Delta region.

 


Quality Resource Systems, Inc. 

11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 100

Fairfax, Virginia 22030-6044

p: 703.352.7393     f: 703.352.9024     e: qrs@qrs-inc.com

2010