The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will fund three Centers of Excellence to study how high-performing health care systems promote evidence-based practices in delivering care. The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate is a partner in one of the centers, which will create a national database of U.S. health systems, their characteristics, outcomes and evolving integration, and use that data to study health systems nationally. The centers will receive about $52 million over five years. The agency also will fund a coordinating center, which will help the three centers collaborate to develop a national compendium of health care system performance. For more on the grant recipients and their focus, see the news release.