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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...
Consumer Engagement Quality Toolbox 09/05/12

The National Partnership for Women & Families provides technical assistance for Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature effort to improve the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform. Part of this effort includes ensuring that consumers are actively involved in the work of the Alliances to represent the patient perspective, and encouraging patients to...

Quality Improvement Quality Toolbox 09/05/12

The National Partnership for Women & Families provides technical assistance for Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s effort to improve the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform. The initiative includes advocating for doctors and hospitals to systematically develop solutions to prevent misuse, overuse, and underuse of health care, and pinpointing how health...

Health Reform Toolkit Series: Resources From the Massachusetts Implementation Experience 09/04/12

The Health Reform Toolkit Series provides an indepth look at Massachusetts’ experience implementing State-based health reform and provides timely insight for others nationwide. The toolkits are designed to share experiences, materials, templates, and lessons learned from the state’s planning and creation of its exchange with other states as they begin health care reform implementation.

The five-part series includes toolkits on: building an effective exchange Web site,...

ER Is for Emergencies 08/09/12

ER Is for Emergencies is a campaign in Washington State to help reduce preventable emergency room visits and redirect care to the most appropriate setting. The campaign Web site includes the following materials:

  • One-page document outlining the Seven Best Practices
  • Patient brochure to help redirect care to the most appropriate setting (also available in Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese)
  • Educational videos and archived webinars

Care Coordination: Strategies to Reduce Avoidable Emergency Department Use 08/09/12

This guide offers advice and interventions that practices can use to help their patients reduce avoidable emergency department visits. It covers the following topics:

  1. Educating patients on appropriate use
  2. Enhancing access to the primary care practice
  3. Improving care coordination and care transitions
This guide is a supplement to Care Coordination: Reducing Care Fragmentation in Primary Care, which is recommended as a starting point for...
PROMETHEUS Payment® Implementation Toolkit 08/02/12

This implementation toolkit, for employers, health plans, and provider groups, offers detailed information and step-by-step instructions to implement the PROMETHEUS payment model. This payment system is a package, or bundled fee payment system centered on a comprehensive episode of medical care that covers all patient services related to an illness, condition, or procedure. PROMETHEUS Payment addresses a full range of issues that can drive profound long-term, system-wide improvements,...

Implementation Toolsets for E-Prescribing 06/22/12

These two toolsets offer step-by-step guides for implementing an electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) system in different settings. One is aimed at health care provider organizations, ranging from small independent offices to larger medical groups and “safety net” clinics, and the other is aimed at independent pharmacies.

The following toolsets are available:

  1. A Toolset for E-Prescribing Implementation in Physician Offices: The purpose is...
Health Workforce Information Center: Resources 06/07/12

The Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC) provides free access to the most recent resources on the nation's health workforce in one easy-to-use online location. Resources available through HWIC's Web site will help health providers, educators, researchers, and policymakers around the nation develop strategies to meet future workforce demands.

HWIC's online library provides updated information on the following:

  • Health workforce programs and funding sources...
Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center 05/29/12

The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Resource Center provides policymakers and researchers with access to evidence-based resources about the medical home and its potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. health care. This Web site is organized into the following sections:

  • Defining the PCMH
  • Evidence and evaluation
  • Tools and resources
  • Implementing the PCMH
  • Federal PCMH activities...

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