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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...

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...

Vermont Child Health Improvement Program: Tools and Resources 03/07/13

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:

  • Perinatal
  • Early childhood
  • School age and adolescence
  • ...
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...
Mission: Lifeline Tools and Resources 02/08/13

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:

  • Systems
  • Emergency medical services
  • Referral center
  • Receiving center
  • ...
National Quality Strategy Tools 02/06/13

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...
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...
ADOPT Toolkit 12/11/12

This Web site, for health care providers, offers “how to” resources on using technology to assist care coordination and improve the independence of older adults. The guides range from planning and development to implementation and evaluation in the following four areas:

  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Medication optimization
  • Care transitions
  • Mobile health

The toolkits contain checklists, lessons learned, and other resources to help to...

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