Care management processes
This toolkit, for hospitals, provides guidance on overcoming the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining a fall prevention program. It focuses specifically on reducing falls that occur during a patient’s hospital stay.
The toolkit is designed for multiple uses. The core document is an implementation guide organized under six major questions intended to be used primarily by the Implementation Team charged with leading the effort to put the new prevention...
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...
An Improvement Partnership (IP) is a durable, regional collaboration of public and private partners that uses measurement-based efforts and a systems approach to improve the quality of children ‘s health care. This guide attempts to share the best thinking and knowledge about what existing IPs have been able to accomplish. It is designed for any state with an existing IP, regardless of the stage of development, or for any state contemplating setting up an IP.
The guide outlines...
This Web site provides tools and resources developed by the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) that can assist in carrying out quality improvement projects. The tools and resources are a combination of tools developed through VCHIP’s various projects, relevant Web pages, and key publications of active and completed projects.
The Web site is divided into the following sections:
- Early childhood
- School age and adolescence ...
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...
This Web site offers resources to support HIV and sexually transmitted diseases prevention programs in schools. The resources provide education, training, and more to assist in decreasing sexual risk behaviors among students. Tools available include fact sheets, campaigns, guides, and curricula in the following areas:
- Evidence-based prevention
- Sexual health education
- Counseling and testing
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
- Social media...
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 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...
This Web site provides hospitals and health systems tools and resources to improve their systems of care when responding to a patient with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Resources such as checklists, algorithms, protocols, strategies, requirements, fact sheets, and more are available under the following areas:
- Emergency medical services
- Referral center
- Receiving center
The National Quality Strategy (NQS) was first published in March 2011 and is led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established as part of the Affordable Care Act, the NQS serves as a catalyst and compass for a nationwide focus on quality improvement efforts and an approach to measuring quality.
The NQS Tools page includes the following resources:
- National Quality Strategy 5-Year...