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...
The Oral Health Risk Assessment (OHRA) Tool helps pediatricians and other medical providers understand risk factors, protective factors, and clinical findings related to dental caries in young children.
Accompanying the OHRA Tool is the Self-Management Goal Sheet for Parents and Caregivers, outlining simple lifestyle and diet changes that can improve a family’s oral health.
This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement projects to enhance the quality of care for elderly residents with Alzheimer’s disease.
The toolkit includes the following components:
- Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
- Sample data collection form and quality measures/calculation instructions
- PowerPoint slides used during Stage B clinical inservice meetings
This toolkit for health care professionals provides information and resources to help facilitate the care of premature infants and improve their outcomes. It is designed to aid communication between members of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and health care professionals in the outpatient setting and to improve the quality and continuity of follow-up care for premature infants. The toolkit is a compilation of practical tools and references for the management of premature infants upon...
This tool is designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have applied evidence-based health promotion interventions in their worksites to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The CDC Health ScoreCard can establish benchmarks and track improvements (evaluation) over time for various health topics and promotion programs.
The tool contains 100 questions that assess how evidence-based health promotion...
This guide for emergency department (ED) physicians, nurses, and caregivers includes information and tools for providing pain management care to “super users” in the ED. The guide offers an approach to understanding and managing two groups of super users—patients exhibiting drug-seeking behaviors and patients with chronic pain—and provides a solution for reducing ED visits.
The appendix to the guide includes sample materials such as a pain management policy, letters, and a pain...
This Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaboratives (known as the MAC Collaboratives) online toolbox, for use by collaboratives, partners, and stakeholders, provides practical tools and resources to address common challenges and pursue innovations in Medicaid program design and operations. The toolbox, updated regularly, helps guide states through policy options, model business practices, sample contract language, requests for information draft language, and relevant background resources.
The National Quality Strategy (NQS) was first published in March 2011 and is led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established as part of the Affordable Care Act, the NQS serves as a catalyst and compass for a nationwide focus on quality improvement efforts and an approach to measuring quality.
The NQS Tools page includes the following resources:
- National Quality Strategy 5-Year...
This Web site, for health care providers, offers “how to” resources on using technology to assist care coordination and improve the independence of older adults. The guides range from planning and development to implementation and evaluation in the following four areas:
- Remote patient monitoring
- Medication optimization
- Care transitions
- Mobile health
This collection of palliative care tools can help improve health care for patients near the end of life and their families. These tools were developed through the national program Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care , which sought innovative ways of integrating high-quality palliative care services in critical care settings. Through the work of several demonstration projects, they developed palliative care models for intensive care units and assessed the impact on the quality...