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Tobacco-Dependence Treatment Toolkit 09/14/11

The Tobacco-Dependence Toolkit provides a practical approach to treating tobacco dependence effectively. The toolkit approaches tobacco dependence as a severe chronic illness—like asthma—with exacerbations and remissions, and is based on the premise that chest physicians must be as actively and professionally engaged in treating tobacco dependence as they are with asthma. Effective tools, treatment algorithms, and strategies to obtain compensation for tobacco-dependence treatment services...

Heart360® 09/01/11

Heart360 ® is a tool that provides a convenient and secure way to help patients track and monitor their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, diet, and physical activity. It also provides access to additional information and resources on how to be heart healthy, and allows patients to share their results with their provider.

Providers can use this tool to connect with their patients and monitor their health progress.

Free registration is required...

Health Information Technology Toolkit for Home Health Agencies 09/01/11

This toolkit for home health agencies, private duty nursing services, home-based hospices, and other organizations providing health care services, provides resources and tools to plan and implement health information technology in the home health location.

Each tool includes a statement of purpose, instructions for use of the tool, and tool structure. The toolkit consists of seven stages categorized into three main sections:

  • Section 1: Adopt
    • Assess
    • ...
LTCFocUS.org (Long-Term Care: Facts on Care in the US) 09/01/11

This Web site for researchers and policymakers provides data, tools, and results to better understand the long-term care system in areas of the United States and to achieve improvements. It allows users to customize and download maps and tables to gather information by state, county, or individual facility. Custom tables can include information on facility characteristics, locations, resident characteristics, local characteristics, facility staffing, admissions, quality, and long-term care...

Success and Effect Diagram 08/29/11

This Web site introduces the concept of a success and effect diagram and provides guidance and specific steps for constructing such a diagram.

A success and effect diagram is a quality improvement tool that can help organizations analyze an efficient and effective process. Understanding successful processes can uncover what is working well and transfer that knowledge to other processes to make them more efficient and effective.

Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) Tools 08/03/11

INTERACT is a quality improvement program designed to improve the early identification, assessment, documentation, and communication about changes in the status of residents in skilled nursing facilities. The goal of INTERACT is to improve care and reduce the frequency of potentially avoidable transfers to the acute hospital.

The specific tools are designed for use by selected members of the care team. Some of the tools included are:

  • Communication tools
    • ...
Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit 07/21/11

This toolkit, designed for small- and medium-sized health care practices and organizations, provides a workflow analysis for the planning, design, implementation, and use of health information technology (health IT). The analyses and redesign incorporates what is currently being used, what will be used during transition and the end result of implementing health IT to improve workflow.

Tools available in the kit include:

  • Benchmarking
  • Checklist
  • Flowchart
  • ...
Tools for Building Clinic–Community Partnerships To Support Chronic Disease Control and Prevention 07/21/11

These tools are organized around the Framework for Building Clinic–Community Partnerships to Support Chronic Disease Control and Prevention. This framework suggests that partnerships, specifically clinic– community partnerships, are key to building community support for chronic disease care and management. It outlines how essential partnership characteristics build capacity necessary to achieve specified intermediate and long-term outcomes.

Although developed with diabetes in...

Continuity of Care Document 07/06/11

This Continuity of Care Document (CCD) is part of the Health Information Technology Toolkit for Physician Offices. CCDs provide standard content and a structure for the exchange of health information. It provides for safe and appropriate patient care. Understanding CCD will help prepare physicians to electronically exchange information with other health care organizations.


Tool is listed under Section 2.2 Effective Use on site.

Reducing Care Fragmentation: A Toolkit For Coordinating Care 07/06/11

This toolkit has been designed for patient-centered medical homes aiming to transform how their clinics manage patient referrals and transitions, and its goal is to provide clinical practice resources to support coordinated care. The toolkit introduces four key concepts for enabling change, and offers activities, tools, and case studies to support their implementation.

The toolkit is divided into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • The care coordination...

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