ROCKVILLE, MdAn old agency has a new name. On orders from
Congress, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) is
now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), pronounced arc.
The change in nameand the spelling of health carewas
directed in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999, which
designated AHRQ as the lead agency in supporting federal research and
efforts to improve health care quality.