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Performance Measurement and Public Reporting Quality Toolbox 09/19/12

This toolbox for patients and consumers provides information on how consumers can make health care decisions that improve the quality of care that they receive. These presentations, fact sheets, guidelines, and surveys can assist consumers by helping them get high quality care.

The toolkit includes:

  • Consumer principles on measurement and public reporting
  • Patient experience survey
  • Transparency: shedding light on health care quality
  • Performance...
MONAHRQ® 4.0 09/18/12

My Own Network, powered by AHRQ (MONAHRQ), is a free software product that enables organizations—such as State and local data organizations, chartered value exchanges, hospital systems, and health plans—to input their own hospital administrative data and generate a data-driven Web site. MONAHRQ software analyzes, summarizes, and presents information in a format ready for use by consumers and other decisionmakers on:

  • Quality of care at the hospital level.
  • Health care...
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...

The Community Health Worker's Sourcebook: A Training Manual for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke 08/27/12

This sourcebook serves as an instruction manual for training community health workers and as a reference and a resource for community health workers working with community members in preventing heart disease and stroke. The sourcebook contains a variety of handouts, which are appropriate for community health workers to use as tip sheets and to give to community members as aids for understanding and living with heart disease and stroke disability.

The sourcebook is divided into the...

Community Health Workers Toolkit 08/27/12

The Community Health Workers Toolkit is designed to help rural communities evaluate opportunities for developing a community health worker program, and to provide resources and best practices developed by successful community health worker programs. Through eight modules, the toolkit offers tools and resources to develop and implement programs for using community health workers in local programs.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to community health workers
  • ...
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,...

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