This tool is designed to help clinical practices improve their approach to hypertension care. The tool provides guidelines for evaluating current systems, making changes that support accurate blood pressure measurement, and improving hypertension screening, prevention, and management.
This tool has the following sections:
- How to use this implementation tool
- Preparing for a quality improvement initiative
- Hypertension change...
The Mobile Health Roadmap provides guidance to professionals, organizations, corporations, and health systems on the adoption of mobile and mHealth (mobile health) devices. Mobile devices are becoming increasingly present in the health community for providers and patients alike. The roadmap gives background information on each topic, followed by the current state of adoption and possible future improvements.
This roadmap has the following sections:
- New care models ...
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
This toolkit for hospitals provides information and resources to improve safety when newborns transition home from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Through a Health Coach Program, the toolkit offers coaches, parents, and families information to coordinate care, understand signs and symptoms of illness, manage medicines and immunizations, manage breathing problems, and feeding.
This manual is designed to be customized and adapted for any institution that cares for fragile...
This guide for care managers and State Medicaid agencies provides information on how to use predictive modeling tools to identify patients who are good candidates for care management. A list of key considerations can help States prioritize and effectively target populations for care management, and help guide decisionmaking for patient care. The guide helps agencies do the following:
- Understand which features of a predictive model are critical as well as how to enhance...
Health Information Privacy and Security: A 10 Step Plan is an online tool that helps health care providers and organizations meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements for protecting patient information in electronic health records. The tool provides practical tips in four areas:
- Risk analysis and action plan
- Risk management
- Meaningful use
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
These tools and resources for providers and health professionals complement the categories of data reported by the Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM). MNCM creates and refines measures, and collects and reports health care data used to drive improvement in health care. The tools and resources encourage safe, efficient, and effective patient care; and provide a general overview of comparative data and performance reporting.
The tools and resources are divided into the following...
This guide from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) offers information and tools on quality improvement. IHI uses the Model for Improvement as the framework to guide improvement work. This model is a simple yet powerful tool for accelerating improvement. This guide includes information on the fundamentals of the model, and on testing changes on a small scale by using plan-do-study-act cycles.
The guide is divided into the following sections:
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...