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Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool 07/08/14

The Oral Health Risk Assessment (OHRA) Tool helps pediatricians and other medical providers understand risk factors, protective factors, and clinical findings related to dental caries in young children.

Accompanying the OHRA Tool is the Self-Management Goal Sheet for Parents and Caregivers, outlining simple lifestyle and diet changes that can improve a family’s oral health.

Payment Adjustments Tool For eHealth Programs 07/02/14

This interactive tool helps practitioners determine their payment adjustments and reimbursements for each of the Medicare incentive programs. It shows what payment adjustments to expect based on past, current, and expected future participation in the following programs:

  • Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program
  • Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program
  • Physician Quality Reporting System

Community Connections: Linking Primary Care Patients to Local Resources for Better Management of Obesity 04/08/14

This toolkit is intended to help primary care practices link to community resources for improving the care of patients struggling with obesity. It can help practices learn what resources are available and establish productive partnerships with community organizations. The toolkit also provides guidance on improving patient flow, developing a bidirectional referral process, and increasing patient engagement.

How To Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Practice: A Primary Care Clinician's Evidenced-Based Toolbox and Guide 03/06/14

This guide outlines efficient ways for medical practices to get eligible patients the colorectal cancer screening tests they need. It contains evidenced-based tools, sample templates, and strategies that can help practices improve their screening performance.

The guide includes the following tools:

  • Phone scripts, reminder letters, postcards
  • Preventive services schedules
  • Audit and tracking sheets
  • Brochures, pamphlets, posters

Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry Toolkit 02/11/14

This toolkit, from Access Community Health Centers in Madison, WI, presents an integrated model for improving primary care clinic physicians’ access to psychiatric and behavioral health consultants, making it easier for patients to receive mental health services in the primary care setting. The toolkit is intended for clinic directors, managers, primary care physicians, behavioral health consultants, and psychiatrists. It provides a framework for a team approach to addressing patients’...

Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Quality Measures 12/06/13

This guide, for primary health care practitioners, researchers, and measurement experts, provides measures and practices for integrating behavioral health care into primary care, or preparing for integration. The atlas focuses on the components of quality that support and guide integration of services by—

  • Presenting a framework for understanding measurement of integrated care
  • Providing a list of existing measures relevant to integrated behavioral health care
  • ...
Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide for Clinicians and Staff 11/29/13

The purpose of this guide is to provide a framework and practical, evidenced-based guidance for primary care teams to adopt and successfully implement health assessments in primary care practices.

The guide can help any practice interested in health assessments:

  • Practices with limited experience in implementing health assessments
  • Practices that have struggled with implementing health assessments in the past
  • Practices experienced in implementing...
Engaging Patients in Improving Ambulatory Care 09/30/13

This toolkit, for health care organizations and primary care practices, provides guidance on how to work with patients and families to improve care. The compendium of resources includes a variety of tools that health care organizations can use to engage patients. These tools can help recruit, orient, and train patients; clarify roles and responsibilities; and put a structure in place to foster relationships. The accompanying video segments offer lessons and tips for effectively working with...

Practice Facilitation Handbook: Training Modules for New Facilitators and Their Trainers 09/30/13

The Practice Facilitation Handbook is designed to assist in the training of new practice facilitators as they begin to develop the knowledge and skills needed to support meaningful improvement in primary care practices. It evolved from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Integrating Chronic Care and Business Strategies in the Safety Net toolkit. That toolkit was developed to aid safety net practices in implementing the Chronic Care Model, now commonly referred to as the...

Improving Your Laboratory Testing Process: A Step-by-Step Guide for Rapid-Cycle Patient Safety and Quality Improvement 09/30/13

About 40 percent of patient encounters in primary care offices involve some form of medical test. Studies of primary care offices consistently show that the process for managing tests is a significant source of error and patient harm. This step-by-step guide can help you increase the reliability of the testing process in your office. The tools will help you examine how tests are managed in your office, from the moment tests are ordered until the patient is notified of the test results and...

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