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Clinical–Community Relationships Measures Atlas 03/12/13

Sustainable, effective relationships between primary care clinicians and preventive service providers in the community can improve patients’ access to certain evidence-based clinical preventive services. These relationships connect clinical providers, community organizations, and public health agencies—organizations that share a common goal of improving the health of people and the communities in which they live.

To identify ways to further define, measure, and evaluate programs...

Children's Electronic Health Record Format 03/06/13

The Children’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Format, for EHR system developers, provides information about critical functionality, data elements, and other requirements needed in an EHR system to improve quality measurement and collection of clinical quality data. The information helps address health care needs specific to the care of children, especially those enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The tool includes a minimum set of data elements and...

How To Implement Electronic Health Records 03/06/13

This tool provides a six-step approach for providers and physicians to implement an electronic health record (EHR) system in their practice. Each step provides process and outcome goals, and resources to help assess and determine if an EHR will help improve quality of patient care.

The tool is organized by the six steps and includes the following materials:

  • Step 1: Assess your practice readiness
    • Change management for EHR...
Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS®) Tools and Materials 02/13/13

Team Strategy and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS ®) is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and other teamwork skills. This multimedia resource kit helps organizations plan, conduct, and evaluate its team training program. It includes ready-to-use materials and training curricula necessary to integrate teamwork principles into all areas of a health care system.

This kit includes the...

Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum for Primary Care Providers 02/13/13

Smiles for Life is a comprehensive oral health curriculum for primary care clinicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, students, and educators. The set of courses, available online or for download, is designed to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups through the development and dissemination of high-quality educational resources.

The modules include the following:

  • The relationship of oral to...
Systems of Care/Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative: Primary Care–Specialty Care Compact 01/16/13

The Primary Care–Specialty Care Compact was developed by the Systems of Care/Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative, which seeks to improve systems of care by supporting physicians in becoming medical homes and working with specialists to uplink medical homes into integrated medical neighborhoods. The purpose of the compact is to improve care and build and sustain trusted medical neighborhoods through a defined communication protocol. It specifies key areas of a mutual care management...

The Patient-Centered Medical Home and Specialty Physicians 12/17/12

This Web page from the American College of Physicians (ACP) provides resources to help further develop the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model to integrate with specialty and subspecialty practices.

This model development is being addressed by the Council of Specialty Societies PCMH Workgroup and through collaborative initiatives between ACP and various specialty and subspecialty societies.

Resources include the following:

  • ACP position paper...
Migrant Clinicians Network Toolbox and Resources 10/23/12

This online collection for clinicians provides tools and resources for use in various departments of migrant and community health centers.

The Toolbox contains sample documents, forms, policies, tools, and protocols that can be adapted to meet the clinic’s needs to help provide quality health care to the underserved.

The Resource Database includes downloadable resources as well as links on a wide variety of primary care issues. It contains links to other organizations...

Opioid Dosing Guideline for Chronic Noncancer Pain 09/19/12

This guideline for primary care providers is a resource for treating adult patients for chronic noncancer pain. It provides information on the scope of the challenge, recommendations for prudent prescribing and monitoring, advice on how to get consultative assistance, and resources for educating patients. Also included are an opioid dose calculator and patient assessment tools.

An Interactive Preventive Care Record: A Handbook for Using Patient-Centered Personal Health Records to Promote Prevention 09/18/12

This handbook for primary care practice personnel, leaders, and informatics staff provides practical guidance on the implementation of interactive preventive health records (IPHRs). Through a step-by-step guide, the handbook can help a practice apply an IPHR to promote chronic disease management by:

  • Using personal health records (PHRs) to promote prevention
  • Preparing your practice to use a PHR for promoting prevention
  • Implementing and sustaining the use of a PHR...

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