Behavioral Health Practitioner Communication Form 01/21/11

This form aids physicians in communicating vital information about patients to behavioral health practitioners when referring them. The form details relevant health information such as medication use (to avoid contraindications), past and present medical conditions, allergies, relevant lab results, and contact information for the referring physician. It can also aid in discussions about treatments and provide a full picture of past treatments and methodologies with patients.


Improving Patient Safety in Hospitals: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 01/20/11

This document contains references to Web sites that provide practical resources hospitals can use to implement changes to improve patient safety culture and patient safety. This resource list is not exhaustive but is provided to give initial guidance to hospitals looking for information about patient safety initiatives. This document will be updated periodically.

The resources are organized into the following categories:

  • General resources
  • Resources by...
Rapid HIV Testing 11/10/10

This page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes descriptions of the rapid human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), how the tests can be implemented in different settings, and research on the effectiveness and possible uses of the tests.

This page includes the following:

  • Overview of rapid HIV testing
  • Rapid test comparison charts
  • Official CDC and FDA releases
  • ...
Self-Assessment and Action Planning: Using the Baldrige Organizational Profile for Health Care 11/04/10

This self-assessment and action planning tool introduces users to the Baldrige Organizational Profile, part of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Organizational Profile is a snapshot of an organization, the key influences on how it operates, and the key challenges it faces.

The first section, Organizational Description, addresses the organization’s health care environment and its key relationships with patients and other customers, suppliers, partners, and stakeholders...

Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence 11/04/10

This guide can help potential Baldrige applicants decide on approaches to quality improvement; improve communication, productivity, and effectiveness; and achieve strategic goals. It includes a self-analysis worksheet, scoring system, and scoring guidelines.

The requirements of the Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence are embodied in the following seven categories:

  1. Leadership
  2. Strategic planning
  3. Customer focus
  4. Measurement,...
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Resources on Meaningful Use 10/14/10

On July 13, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services released its Final Rule on Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHR). This rule establishes the criteria with which eligible pediatricians, other health providers, and hospitals must comply to qualify for the incentive payments that are available to clinicians through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The American Academy of Pediatrics developed several resources to guide pediatricians and their...

Your Heart, Your Life: A Lay Health Educator's Program 10/04/10

The Your Heart, Your Life program for lay health educators can help them learn about heart health and how to teach others. The program includes two Web-based training courses that will help educators acquire the knowledge, skills, and motivating factors to help them take action against heart disease.
It will also help them develop skills for leading sessions about heart health in their community.

This program is also available in Spanish.

Text4baby 09/08/10

Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.

Care Coordination Forms 09/08/10

The New York Care Coordination Program is a collaborative partnership among State and county governments, peers and family members, and mental health provider agencies. The program offers person-centered, recovery-focused care coordination for individuals with severe mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression) who have had at least one psychiatric hospitalization.

This site provides downloadable versions of the forms used by the program’s care...

Map My Community 08/19/10

Map My Community is an interactive mapping tool that consumers can use to locate federally supported health and social programs for youth in their communities. Users can search by full address or ZIP code to find programs. If programs are found, the location is marked on a map and further information is provided, including the program title, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number, department, funding agency, recipient name, and full address. Results can be filtered by topic and...


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