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Collaboration for Home Care Advances in Management and Practice (CHAMP) Tools 05/08/12

The Collaboration for Home Care Advances in Management and Practice (CHAMP) library provides actionable tools to help home health care professionals implement best practices in their agencies.

Tools in the CHAMP library can be searched by keyword and filtered by topic or type:

  • Topics:
    • Alcohol & substance misuse
    • Behavior change & adherence
    • Care coordination
    • Chronic pain management
    • Clinical coaching
    • Cognitive...
Improving Outcomes for Children in Child Welfare: A Medicaid Managed Care Toolkit 04/25/12

This toolkit, developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), can help guide efforts to improve care for children in the child welfare system. The toolkit presents the work of 9 managed care organizations that participated in a 3-year CHCS quality improvement collaborative. It provides details about the pilot efforts of each plan, including identification, stratification and outreach strategies developed, as well as obstacles faced and preliminary outcomes achieved.

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Long-Term Care Improvement Guide 03/28/12

This guide was created to propel long-term care communities in their improvement efforts by presenting a collection of concrete strategies for actualizing a resident-directed, relationship-centered philosophy. It supplies providers with tools, data, and practical resources so they can make informed decisions as they consider implementing culture change initiatives to deliver person-centered care.

The guide is divided into three parts:

  1. Making the case for change
  2. ...
Safe Patient Handling and Movement 03/19/12

These tools and resources from the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry were developed as part of an effort to test innovations and decrease risk related to patient handling and movement.

The tools and resources provided include the following:

  • Report on safe patient handling in inpatient psychiatry
  • Safe patient handling program and facility design: Directive 2010-032
  • Guidelines for the design and construction of health care facilities
  • ...
My Life Check 03/13/12

This online assessment tool can help consumers learn the state of their heart and what they can do to live a better life. The tool uses information such as blood pressure, smoking status, diet, and physical activity to determine the user’s current heart score. It also provides a customized action plan to help users improve their score and reach their ideal cardiovascular health.

Improving Patient Flow and Reducing Emergency Department Crowding: A Guide for Hospitals 03/13/12

This guide, for hospital administrators and emergency department leaders, provides step-by-step instructions for planning and implementing patient flow improvement strategies to ease emergency department crowding.

The information and resources are organized into the following sections:

  • The need to address emergency department crowding
  • Forming a patient flow team
  • Measuring emergency department performance
  • Identifying strategies
  • ...
Advancing Pharmacy Health Literacy Practices Through Quality Improvement: Curricular Modules for Faculty 03/13/12

These curricular modules, for pharmacy faculty, integrate health literacy and health literacy quality improvement into courses, experiential education, and projects for PharmD students and pharmacy residents. The modules are adaptable for use in lectures, seminars, laboratory classes, and experiential education.

The modules consist of 17 activity guides with 4 accompanying PowerPoint presentations. Each activity guide includes a list of further resources.

txt4health 03/13/12

This free, mobile health program delivers personalized text messages to help individuals understand their risk for type 2 diabetes and become more informed about the steps they can take to lead healthy lives. Individuals who sign up for txt4health will receive text messages each week with timely, relevant information to help them improve and manage their health.

Types of messages include the following:

  • Risk profile
  • Connection to local resources
  • ...
Common Ground: Chronic Disease Management Toolkit 03/02/12

The Common Ground Project was designed to assist chronic disease and preparedness departments in public health agencies by documenting and defining business processes common to each of them and identifying the requirements for information systems that would support these processes. Nine chronic disease programs and six preparedness programs from local and State health collaborated to achieve consensus to describe their business processes and identify the requirements for information systems...

AHRQ Quality Indicators™ Toolkit for Hospitals 02/15/12

This toolkit is designed to help hospitals understand the Quality Indicators (QIs) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and support the use of QIs to successfully improve quality and patient safety. The toolkit is a general guide to using improvement methods, with a particular focus on the QIs.

The AHRQ QIs use hospital administrative data to assess the quality of care provided, identify areas of concern in need of further investigation, and monitor...

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