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Developing and Running a Primary Care Practice Facilitation Program: A How-to Guide 05/09/13

This how-to guide was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to support organizations interested in starting a practice facilitation program for primary care transformation with the goal of improving health and patient experience and lowering costs. The guide is intended for future and existing directors of facilitation programs to use as they make important decisions about the startup and administration of their own programs. Through the tools and links provided in the...

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...

Addressing Language Access Issues in Your Practice: A Toolkit for Physicians and Their Staff Members 04/29/13

This toolkit, for physicians and health care teams, presents a systems approach to redesigning an office practice to provide the highest quality care possible to patients who speak limited English. It provides a guide to assist in taking small steps toward a complete language access system. The guide includes many options and resources so that practices can tailor their language access program to their particular needs.

This guide is organized around three steps that will help...

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Wellness Initiative Tools 04/23/13

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Wellness Initiative aims to inspire individuals to improve one physical health behavior while exploring their talents, skills, interests, social connections, and environment to incorporate other dimensions of wellness. The tools on the site include free downloadable posters, fact sheets, brochures, and slide presentations that highlight the eight dimensions of wellness and provide information to consumers and providers on...

The Physician's Accountable Care Toolkit 04/17/13

This guide, for physicians, is an explanation of the essential elements required for any successful accountable care organization (ACO) and a step-by-step guidance on how to achieve each element. The toolkit is divided into two parts: The ACO Guide and Executing the Accountable Care Strategic Plan. Part One of the guide includes the necessary elements for a successful ACO and implementation guidance. Part Two applies strategies and practical step-by-step guidance, with concrete examples for...

Washington Dental Service Foundation: Kids Oral Health 04/16/13

This Web site offers an online course to train primary care providers to deliver oral health preventive services to young children during well-child checks. The course addresses:

  • Screening and assessing risk for dental disease
  • Applying fluoride varnish
  • Sharing oral health tips with families
  • Referring patients to a dentist

The site also provides a collection of related resources for providers and staff including fact sheets, guides...
Safety Net Accountable Care Organization Readiness Assessment Tool 04/16/13

The Safety Net Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Readiness Assessment Tool is designed for the leaders in your organization (and whomever else that you wish) to assess how ready your organization is to take on the responsibilities of becoming an ACO serving your population of safety net patients.

The primary focus of the tool is on your organization’s capabilities to provide more coordinated, cost-effective, and high-quality care to your patients, whether you decide to become a...

Constructing an Adaptive Care Model for the Management of Disease-Related Symptoms Throughout the Course of Multiple Sclerosis 04/16/13

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help multiple sclerosis (MS) centers and their clinicians implement a performance improvement project. The goal of this project is to help clinicians accurately and appropriately manage MS symptoms in their patients.

The toolkit includes the following components:

  • Introduction
  • Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
  • Sample data collection form and performance measures/calculation...
Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool 04/16/13

The Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool is a self-assessment tool to be used by communities that wish to assess the current status of their paramedicine program. The assessment tool also provides a common framework by which data can be collected from multiple community paramedicine programs to develop a snapshot of common successes and challenges, and to guide in the development of new community paramedicine programs. Although the tool should be useful across urban and rural programs, it is...

Medical Respite Tool Kit 04/03/13

The purpose of the Medical Respite Tool Kit is to provide information and tools to help organizations and advocates plan, develop, and sustain medical respite programs. Medical respite care is acute and postacute medical care for homeless persons who are too ill or frail to recover from a physical illness or injury on the streets but who are not ill enough to be in a hospital. This approach provides a safe alternative to hospitals and for individuals in need of postdischarge medical care. It...

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