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Maximizing Health Care for Colorado's Underserved 09/10/13

This operational handbook for safety-net medical homes describes the experience of Doctors Care, a community-funded, nonprofit organization that helps underserved children, adults, and families receive the medical attention they need. The handbook can help program managers maximize health care for the uninsured without overwhelming participating doctors, while also managing patient expectations.

It is organized into the following sections:

  • Doctors Care History:...
Laboratory Medicine Best Practices (LMBP™): Tutorials 09/10/13

This set of online tutorials can assist laboratory professionals with the effective design and implementation of quality improvement studies to support the body of evidence needed to justify best practices in laboratory medicine.

The following modules are available:

  • The A-6 Cycle: Review and Evaluation Methods for Quality Improvement
  • Application of Laboratory Medicine Best Practices (LMBP ™) Initiative A-6 Methods for Laboratory Practitioners

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Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaboratives Toolbox 08/27/13

This Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaboratives (known as the MAC Collaboratives) online toolbox, for use by collaboratives, partners, and stakeholders, provides practical tools and resources to address common challenges and pursue innovations in Medicaid program design and operations. The toolbox, updated regularly, helps guide states through policy options, model business practices, sample contract language, requests for information draft language, and relevant background resources.
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution 08/26/13

This guide describes the knowledge and core competencies necessary for potential overdose responders trained as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health opioid overdose prevention pilot program to respond to an opioid overdose event. Potential overdose responders are other opioid users, parents, relatives, and friends of opioid users; first responders such as police and fire departments; and staff of agencies that serve high-risk individuals. The guide provides information on...

Clinical–Community Relationships Evaluation Roadmap 07/12/13

The Clinical–Community Relationships Evaluation Roadmap is intended to serve as a general guide and resource for future research and evaluation into the design and implementation of effective clinical–community resource relationships for the provision of selected clinical preventive services. The Roadmap may be of use to funders, researchers, and program evaluators interested in primary care and understanding effective clinical–community resource relationships. It presents...

National Rural Health Resource Center: Health Information Exchange Toolkit 05/15/13

The National Rural Health Resource Center developed this Health Information Exchange (HIE) toolkit, which contains resources designed for rural providers including hospitals, health networks, and others.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • HIE policy matrix: Includes “policy models” adapted from the Connecting for Health Common Framework
  • HIE DIRECT guide: This guide to DIRECT connectivity standards is designed to...
Developing and Running a Primary Care Practice Facilitation Program: A How-to Guide 05/09/13

This how-to guide was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to support organizations interested in starting a practice facilitation program for primary care transformation with the goal of improving health and patient experience and lowering costs. The guide is intended for future and existing directors of facilitation programs to use as they make important decisions about the startup and administration of their own programs. Through the tools and links provided in the...

Health Information Exchange Toolkits 05/09/13

This Web page from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) offers three toolkits that provide information about Health Information Exchange (HIE) organizations, networks, and initiatives at the local, regional, and State level. The toolkits can help providers build a solid foundation of knowledge around HIE and include overview summaries, concept information, implementation examples, and other HIE information and perspectives.

The following toolkits are...

The Physician's Accountable Care Toolkit 04/17/13

This guide, for physicians, is an explanation of the essential elements required for any successful accountable care organization (ACO) and a step-by-step guidance on how to achieve each element. The toolkit is divided into two parts: The ACO Guide and Executing the Accountable Care Strategic Plan. Part One of the guide includes the necessary elements for a successful ACO and implementation guidance. Part Two applies strategies and practical step-by-step guidance, with concrete examples for...

Safety Net Accountable Care Organization Readiness Assessment Tool 04/16/13

The Safety Net Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Readiness Assessment Tool is designed for the leaders in your organization (and whomever else that you wish) to assess how ready your organization is to take on the responsibilities of becoming an ACO serving your population of safety net patients.

The primary focus of the tool is on your organization’s capabilities to provide more coordinated, cost-effective, and high-quality care to your patients, whether you decide to become a...

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