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Connecting Those at Risk to Care: The Quick Start Guide to Developing Community Care Coordination Pathways 03/03/16

This quick start guide complements the Pathways Community HUB Manual: A Guide To Identify and Address Risk Factors, Reduce Costs, and Improve Outcomes, published in 2016 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). That manual provides beginning tools and strategies for ensuring that individuals most at risk of poor health outcomes are served in a timely, coordinated manner.

The quick start guide is a reference and resource for public and private stakeholders engaged in...

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 09/18/14

This Web site provides access to the annual County Health Rankings, which ranks each county within the 50 States according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also see specific county-level data (as...

2013 National Healthcare Disparities Report 06/26/14

The purpose of the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) is to identify the differences or gaps through which some populations receive poor or worse care than others and to track how these gaps are changing over time. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.
The 2013 report presents expanded analyses on quality of care and access to care for people with disabilities, who represent 20...

2013 National Healthcare Quality Report 06/19/14

The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the Nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.

The theme of the 2013 report highlights one of AHRQ's priority populations, individuals with...

HospitalBillHelp.org 05/08/14

This Web site helps uninsured and underinsured consumers in California navigate the application process for discounted care from hospitals. It also provides information about health insurance plans and pricing to protect against medical debt and underinsurance through policy change, public education, and legal assistance.

The Web site includes shared stories, an insurance calculator, and information in Spanish.

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals 04/24/14

The Roadmap for Hospitals was developed by The Joint Commission to inspire hospitals to integrate concepts from the communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care fields into their organizations. This guide provides recommendations to help hospitals address unique patient needs, meet patient-centered communication standards, and comply with related Joint Commission requirements.

Roadmap chapters address the following components of the care continuum:...

Young Child Risk Calculator 03/12/14

The Young Child Risk Calculator shows the percentage of young children in a State who face selected risk factors, multiple risks, and risks combined with economic hardship. These risk factors—household without English speaker, large family, low parent income, residential mobility, single parent, teen mother, unemployed parent(s)—are associated with poor health, school, and developmental outcomes. Users can select a State, an age group, any number of individual risks, and a level of economic...

Identifying Children and Families at Risk 03/12/14

This Web page from the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program offers tools and resources to help States identify families and children at risk. The ABCD program is designed to assist States in improving the delivery of early child development services for low-income children and their families by strengthening primary health care services and systems that support the healthy development of young children(ages 0 to 3).

Tools available include the following:...

Telemental Health Guide 11/18/13

The Telemental Health Guide provides essential information for developing, implementing, and sustaining a telemental health program to improve access to mental health services. It was designed for use by clinicians, administrators, consumers, policymakers, and community members.

The guide provides the following information:

  • An overview of telemental health
  • How telemental health improves access to mental health services
  • The steps to develop a...
Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center Toolkit 10/23/13

This toolkit is for organizations starting or expanding a telehealth program at their facility. The toolkit provides information, tools, guidelines, templates, forms, and other resources for developing telehealth activities. These materials offer examples and illustrations of what others have done and what the experts recommend for an organization’s stage in development.

The toolkit covers the following topic areas:

  • Clinical
  • Reimbursement
  • Education...

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