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Technology Assessments

The technology assessment program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides technology assessments for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These technology assessments are used by CMS to inform its national coverage decisions for the Medicare program as well as provide information to Medicare carriers.

AHRQ's technology assessment program uses state-of-the-art methodologies for assessing the clinical utility of medical interventions. Technology assessments are based on a systematic review of the literature, along with appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods of synthesizing data from multiple studies.

Technology assessments may be done in-house by AHRQ staff, or they may be done in collaboration with one of our Evidence-based Practice Centers. When available, technology assessment topics are linked to corresponding information on the CMS Web site. For additional information, please contact the technology assessment program at ahrqtap@ahrq.gov.

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Technology Assessments Completed

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia (2003) (PDF File, 360 KB)
Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis (2003) (PDF File, 480 KB)
Actinic Keratoses (2001) (PDF File, 423 KB)
Air-Fluidized Beds used for Treatment of Pressure Ulcers in the
   Home Environment (2001) (PDF File, 325 KB)
Electrical Bioimpedance for Cardiac Output Monitoring (2003)
   (Zipped File, 430 KB)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Hypoxic Wounds
    (2001) (PDF File, 1.25 MB)
Liver Transplantation for Patients with Hepatobiliary Malignancies
   other than Hepatocellular Carcinoma (2002) (PDF File, 656 KB)
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for Brain Tumors (MRS)
   (2003) (Zipped File, 100 KB)
Obesity in the Elderly (2003) (Zipped File, 210 KB)
Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Brain, Cervical, Ovarian,
    Pancreatic, Small Cell Lung, and Testicular Cancers (2003)
   (Zipped File, 400 KB)
Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Breast Cancer (2001)
   (PDF File, 890 KB)
Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Myocardial Viability (2001)
   (PDF File, 200 KB)
Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Soft Tissue Sarcoma
    (2002) (Zipped File, 18 KB)
Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Thyroid Cancer (2002)
   (Zipped File, 83 KB)
Screening Immunoassay Fecal Occult Blood Testing (FOBT) (2003)
   (Zipped File, 578 KB)
Use of Positron Emission Tomography and Other Neuroimaging
   Techniques in the Diagnosis and Management of Alzheimer's
   Disease and Dementia (2001) (PDF File, 800 KB)

Direct Patient Access to Audiology Services (2001)
Not available electronically
Literature Review for Knee Arthroscopy (2003)
Not available electronically
Living Donor Liver Transplantation (2002)
Not available electronically
Overview of Wound Care Technologies (2003)
Not available electronically
Pre-operative Evaluation for Elective Cataract Surgery (2001)
Not available electronically
Small Bowel Transplantation (2000)
Not available electronically

Technology Assessments in Progress

Acupuncture for Post-operative Pain, Post-operative Nausea and
   Vomiting, and Chemotherapy associated Nausea and Vomiting
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Health and Behavior Assessment/Intervention for the Management
   of Physical Health Problems—Impact on Management of Patients
   with Cancer Pain
Health and Behavior Assessment/Intervention for the Management
   of Physical Health Problems—Impact on Management of Patients
   with Diabetes Mellitus
Oxygen Therapy
Vision Rehabilitation
Use of Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Alzheimer's
   Disease and Dementia Update

Technology Assessment Archive
Technology Assessments for 1990-99

Between 1990 and 1998, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now AHRQ) developed technology assessments. They were completed at least 4 years ago, and some as many as 12 years ago. Those assessments may be outdated due to more recent research findings not included in the assessments and should be viewed cautiously in current medical practice. They are maintained for archival purposes only.

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