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Minnesota Community Measurement: Provider Tools and Resources 11/05/13

These tools and resources for providers and health professionals complement the categories of data reported by the Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM). MNCM creates and refines measures, and collects and reports health care data used to drive improvement in health care. The tools and resources encourage safe, efficient, and effective patient care; and provide a general overview of comparative data and performance reporting.

The tools and resources are divided into the following...

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...
Improving Your Laboratory Testing Process: A Step-by-Step Guide for Rapid-Cycle Patient Safety and Quality Improvement 09/30/13

About 40 percent of patient encounters in primary care offices involve some form of medical test. Studies of primary care offices consistently show that the process for managing tests is a significant source of error and patient harm. This step-by-step guide can help you increase the reliability of the testing process in your office. The tools will help you examine how tests are managed in your office, from the moment tests are ordered until the patient is notified of the test results and...

Bright Futures Materials 09/26/13

Bright Futures is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children’s health needs in the context of family and community. The Bright Futures materials are designed to be useful to a wide range of audiences from health care professionals and those who provide health care for children, to parents and others in the community who participate in youth-oriented activities such as coaches, educators, and child care workers.

Materials include the...

Low-Income Households and Asthma 09/10/13

The Low Income Households and Asthma fact sheet provides statistics on low-income households and asthma rates. The fact sheet also provides 10 key tips for controlling and managing asthma.

Treatment Options Initiative 09/10/13

These online resources provide information to educate patients about the importance of exploring their treatment options, comparing the benefits and risks of each, and preparing to discuss these options with their health care providers.

The following health topics are covered:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart conditions
  • Men’s health
  • Mental health
  • Muscle, bone, and joint
  • Women’s health
The following videos are included:
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Diabetes Education Toolkit 09/10/13

This toolkit, for people with psychiatric disabilities and their physicians and caregivers, provides information to help them understand and manage their diabetes or prediabetic condition. The toolkit includes an extensive library of materials and podcasts covering the basics of diabetes, building and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, managing hypertension, and managing the risks of diabetes. Also included is a chart of American Diabetes Association standards of care with related educational...

Behavioral Health and Wellness Program Toolkits 09/10/13

These toolkits, designed for health care providers, administrators, and health care organizations, contain a variety of information about tobacco use and patient wellness.

The following toolkits are available:

  • DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Toolkit for Healthcare Providers —This toolkit provides information about tobacco use, skills for engaging in tobacco cessation discussions, efficient methods for assessing an individual’s readiness to quit, and...
Tools To Facilitate Diagnosis, Follow-Up, and Management of Postpartum Depression 08/12/13

This supplemental appendix for the Translating Research into Practice for Postpartum Depression (TRIPPD) effectiveness study provides a set of tools to facilitate diagnosis, follow-up, and management of postpartum depression.

The tools available in the supplemental appendix include the following:

  • Immediate action protocol
  • Nurses follow-up call form
  • Physician-to-nurse referral form
  • Medication chart
  • Sheet of medication side effects...
Talking With Your Patients About Screening for Prostate Cancer 07/12/13

This fact sheet for clinicians provides information to guide discussions on prostate-specific antigen screening for prostate cancer with male patients. Based on a comprehensive review of medical evidence, the fact sheet provides screening information, discussion points, and scenarios.

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