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HIPAA Security Risk Assessment 07/10/14

This online tool from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is designed to help small and medium-sized health care provider organizations conduct information security risk assessments required under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. Risk assessment helps an organization ensure it is complying with HIPAA’S administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. Assessment also helps reveal areas where an organization’s protected health...

Hour Exchange Portland Member Handbook 04/08/14

Hour Exchange Portland is a program in which members perform community service to earn “time credits” they can use to pay for various services, including health care. Hour Exchange empowers individuals, organizations, and businesses to help each other meet needs in one-to-one exchanges and group projects, without using cash.

This member guide provides more information about the program and how to get started. Although the program and guide are specific to the Portland community,...

Baldrige Resource Library 11/04/10

The Baldrige Resource Library is a repository of articles, podcasts, and videos about organizational improvement, quality methods, and leadership approaches that can help change organizations. It is a service of the Alliance for Performance Excellence–a group of State and local associations dedicated to advancing organizational excellence through Baldrige-based programs.

The content of the library is searchable by organization sector, key words, and industry. Health care-related...

HIMSS State HIT Dashboard 10/05/10

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) developed the State Health Information Technology (HIT) Dashboard to provide health care professionals and policymakers with easy access to information and resources on major HIT initiatives throughout the country.

The Dashboard includes:

  • A repository of State-specific HIT resources
  • Data on regional extension centers and health information exchanges
  • Tools to track HIT-related State...
Health Information Technology Survey Compendium 06/10/08

This compendium contains a set of publicly available surveys to assist organizations in evaluating health information technology (IT). The surveys cover a broad range of topics, including user satisfaction, usability, technology use, product functionality and the impact of health IT on safety, quality and efficiency. They have been categorized in four ways:

  • Survey type
  • Type of technology
  • Care setting
  • Respondent type
Pay for Performance: A Decision Guide for Purchasers 06/10/08

This guide is intended to be used by public and private purchasers of health care services who are considering sponsorship of a pay-for-performance initiative. The guide isolates and sequences 20 questions purchasers face in considering pay for performance, reviews options and any available evidence—from empirical evaluations and economic theory—that may inform future decisionmaking, and discusses potential effects and unintended consequences.

The questions are grouped into four...

Videos for Physicians About Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders 03/19/08

This Web site includes video interviews of experts in different areas of functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders reviewing recent developments in the GI field.

The site includes videos on the following topics:

  • Diet, eating, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Treatment advances and needs for kids and teens
  • Overcoming labels in IBS and approaching treatment
  • Making the diagnosis and understanding the burden of the illness
  • Is there a role for...
The Informed Decisions Toolbox 03/19/08

The Informed Decision Toolbox contains information about evidence-based management strategies. Evidence-based management is the use of managerial styles that have been proven effective through management research, similar to the practice of evidence-based medicine.

This tool box contains the following sections:

  • Overview of evidence-based management
  • The six steps to consider when making a “well-informed” decision
  • Answers to 14 frequently asked questions
  • ...
Consumer Financial Incentives: A Decision Guide for Purchasers 03/19/08

Consumer Financial Incentives: A Decision Guide for Purchasers is designed for health plans, State Medicaid agencies, and employers who are considering implementing a consumer financial incentives program. The guide is intended as a tool for exploring if and how consumer financial incentives might be tapped to improve community or market readiness for quality improvement. Incentives can be applied to a range of consumer decisions that purchasers may seek to influence in the pursuit of a high...

Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness: Healthy Women Build Healthy Communities Toolkit for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating 12/17/07

This toolkit from the Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness (BFWHW) Initiative is for women who want to improve the health of their communities. It provides guidance to plan, carry out, and evaluate a physical activity and/or healthy eating event. It also includes real-life stories from women who took action in their communities to get people moving and eating healthier.

This toolkit is divided into 10 Building Blocks—ideas and tools to help women plan a community activity:...

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