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Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaboratives Toolbox 08/27/13

This Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaboratives (known as the MAC Collaboratives) online toolbox, for use by collaboratives, partners, and stakeholders, provides practical tools and resources to address common challenges and pursue innovations in Medicaid program design and operations. The toolbox, updated regularly, helps guide states through policy options, model business practices, sample contract language, requests for information draft language, and relevant background resources.
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution 08/26/13

This guide describes the knowledge and core competencies necessary for potential overdose responders trained as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health opioid overdose prevention pilot program to respond to an opioid overdose event. Potential overdose responders are other opioid users, parents, relatives, and friends of opioid users; first responders such as police and fire departments; and staff of agencies that serve high-risk individuals. The guide provides information on...

Tools To Facilitate Diagnosis, Follow-Up, and Management of Postpartum Depression 08/12/13

This supplemental appendix for the Translating Research into Practice for Postpartum Depression (TRIPPD) effectiveness study provides a set of tools to facilitate diagnosis, follow-up, and management of postpartum depression.

The tools available in the supplemental appendix include the following:

  • Immediate action protocol
  • Nurses follow-up call form
  • Physician-to-nurse referral form
  • Medication chart
  • Sheet of medication side effects...
Guide to Long Term Care for Veterans 07/29/13

This guide provides tools and resources for veterans, caregivers and families, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) providers and staff to explore long-term care options. The guide includes information about home- and community-based services, residential settings, and nursing homes.

It also provides a shared decisionmaking approach to long-term care decisions in which veterans work with their social worker, care team, and informal caregivers to make plans and decisions...

Refugee Health Screener–15 07/23/13

The Refugee Health Screener–15 (RHS-15) was developed in a community public health setting to be an efficient and effective way to sensitively detect the range of emotional distress common across refugee groups.

This tool provides the English version of the RHS-15 and is for informational purposes only. Bilingual versions of the RHS-15 have been translated by professional translations and with the participation of the community so that each question is asked correctly according...

A Family Guide: Integrating Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care 07/12/13

This guide for families provides practical information about integrated care and how this approach can improve the quality of care children receive in pediatric primary care settings. The guide defines integrated care, outlines the benefits of this approach to care delivery, and explains how the approach works in a medical home setting.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Integrated care: what is it?
  • At a glance: steps to integrated care
  • Why...
Community Provider Toolkit: Serving Veterans Through Partnership. Mental Health and Wellness (Mini-Clinics) 06/20/13

This Web site for clinicians features treatment tools to support the rehabilitation and recovery of military veterans with mental health issues. Each mini-clinic focuses on a different topic and highlights key tools in areas such as assessment, training, and education. Topics covered include the following:

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Serious mental illness
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Substance use
  • Suicide prevention
  • Women...
Children's Hospital Safety Climate Questionnaire 06/19/13

The Children's Hospital Safety Climate Questionnaire is intended for health care administrators, researchers, and clinicians interested in understanding patient and family perceptions of the safety climate at their hospital. The questionnaire contains 14 questions on parent perceptions of the hospital safety climate that were adapted from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture. Although the questionnaire was developed for parents of...

National Rural Health Resource Center: Health Information Exchange Toolkit 05/15/13

The National Rural Health Resource Center developed this Health Information Exchange (HIE) toolkit, which contains resources designed for rural providers including hospitals, health networks, and others.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • HIE policy matrix: Includes “policy models” adapted from the Connecting for Health Common Framework
  • HIE DIRECT guide: This guide to DIRECT connectivity standards is designed to...
Implementing the ABCDE Bundle at the Bedside 05/03/13

This toolkit, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), provides validated, evidence-based clinical knowledge, resources, and guidelines for implementing the ABCDE Bundle to prevent the unintended consequences of critical illness such as delirium, prolonged ventilation, and excessive muscular deterioration. The toolkit simplifies sharing of critical learning and implementation of new initiatives in patient care units. Most tools are available in a customizable format that...

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