Regional Coalition Collaboration Guide 10/31/08

An essential component of implementing value-driven health care is creating a national network of regional coalitions. This guide can help community leaders create and sustain regional coalitions. Through reports from six pilot sites that have successfully built and managed regional coalitions, community leaders can read about first steps, leadership building, and community initiatives to create a value-driven health care system.

Topics in the guide include:

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2006 National Healthcare Disparities Report 06/30/08

The 2006 National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) monitors the Nation’s annual progress toward eliminating disparities in health care among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The 2006 report focuses on 22 core measures of quality and 6 core measures of access; income group comparisons highlight 17 core quality measures and 6 core access measures.

The report includes the following sections:

  • Key themes and highlights
  • Introduction and methods
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Becoming a High Reliability Organization: Operational Advice for Hospital Leaders 06/04/08

This document is written for hospital leaders interested in providing patients with safer and higher quality care. It presents the thoughts, successes, and failures of hospital leaders who have used concepts of high reliability to make patient care better. Creating an organizational culture and set of work processes that reduce system failures and effectively respond when failures do occur is the goal of high reliability thinking.

This tool addresses the following topics:

Health Literacy Improvement 05/30/08

This Web site provides health literacy tools, Government resources, research, and reports to help improve materials so individuals can better obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.

Tools include:

  • Sample action plan to improve health literacy
  • Quick guide to health literacy
  • Quick guide to health literacy and older adults
  • Toolkit for trainers: Teaching older adults how to...
Quality Improvement in Rural Hospitals: How Networking Can Help 05/15/08

This technical assistance resource discusses the challenges and obstacles faced by small, rural hospitals, as well as the assets and advantages often overlooked in considering how to improve health care quality. It explores how rural hospitals can collaborate to overcome potential barriers and use networks as a vehicle for implementing and sustaining meaningful quality improvement initiatives. It also provides quality improvement projects examples and a resource guide.

This tool...

Improving Chlamydia Screening: Strategies from Top Performing Health Plans 03/19/08

This report provides practical examples of successful initiatives to increase chlamydia screenings. It includes three examples of chlamydia screening strategies of top performing health plans:

  • Profile A: Multifaceted approach to increasing chlamydia screening rates
  • Profile B: One-on-one OB/GYN training, “risky behavior” brochures
  • Profile C: Hosted annual chlamydia screening dinner with doctors and focus groups with members
State Health Policy Survey Report: 2007 Guide to State Adverse Event Reporting Systems 03/19/08

In an effort to improve patient safety, the State Health Policy Survey Report: 2007 Guide to State Adverse Event Reporting Systems provides a comparison of systems authorized by State governments to collect information about adverse events. The report is intended to identify trends in adverse event reporting systems governance and can help identify health system weaknesses, complement other State functions, and help safeguard health care consumers.

This guide compares the following...

It's About Time! Achieving Benchmarks and Best Practices in Wait Time Management 12/17/07

This report provides the basis for governments to accelerate their timetable for the adoption of wait-time for health services benchmarks, the setting of targets, and the implementation of strategies to meet the targets. It addresses the following:

  • Defining wait-time benchmarks
  • When does the clock start ticking
  • “First principles” to guide development of wait-time benchmarks
  • The Waiting Time Alliance’s (WTA’s) proposed wait-time benchmarks...
Risk Management and Quality in Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS): Individual Risk Planning and Prevention, System-wide Quality Improvement 12/17/07

This report explores the topic of effective individual risk management in community-based services among States engaged in risk planning for Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) waiver participants. Administrators from 11 State operating agencies, representing a range of waiver types and geographic areas, were interviewed for this report. These agencies served at least one of four waiver populations (the elderly, people with physical disabilities, people with mental retardation...

Effectiveness of Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests for Breast Abnormalities 12/17/07

To help determine whether noninvasive tests are sufficiently accurate to be appropriate for evaluation of women with an abnormal mammogram or exam finding, this report summarizes available data on the performance of these tests in the evaluation of women presenting with breast abnormalities that suggest the possibility of breast cancer.

The report addresses the following questions:

  1. What are the sensitivity and specificity of the tests for diagnosis of breast cancer in women...


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