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AHRQ Chartered Value Exchanges: Public Reporting Web Sites 01/15/13

This Web page provides links to public reporting Web sites sponsored by Chartered Value Exchanges (CVEs) or stakeholders affiliated with a CVE. The public reports provide information on physician, hospital, and health plan performance.

CVEs included are:

  • California Chartered Value Exchange
  • Colorado Value Exchange
  • Kansas—Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium
  • Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum
  • Maine Chartered Value Exchange...
The Patient-Centered Medical Home and Specialty Physicians 12/17/12

This Web page from the American College of Physicians (ACP) provides resources to help further develop the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model to integrate with specialty and subspecialty practices.

This model development is being addressed by the Council of Specialty Societies PCMH Workgroup and through collaborative initiatives between ACP and various specialty and subspecialty societies.

Resources include the following:

  • ACP position paper...
Team Up. Pressure Down. 11/12/12

This nationwide program aims to lower blood pressure and prevent hypertension through patient–pharmacist engagement. The videos and resources on this page can help patients, pharmacists, and health care providers better understand high blood pressure and the steps they can take to prevent or treat it.

Resources include the following:

  • Blood pressure journal
  • Medication tracker wallet card
  • Pocket discussion tool
  • Drug Adherence Work-up (DRAW ©) tool...
Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program Toolkit 10/23/12

The Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) toolkit provides training tools to make care safer by improving the foundation of how physicians, nurses, and other clinical team members work together. It builds the capacity to address safety issues by combining clinical best practices and the science of safety.

The CUSP toolkit is modular and modifiable to meet individual unit needs. Each module includes teaching tools and resources to support change at the unit level.
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Migrant Clinicians Network Toolbox and Resources 10/23/12

This online collection for clinicians provides tools and resources for use in various departments of migrant and community health centers.

The Toolbox contains sample documents, forms, policies, tools, and protocols that can be adapted to meet the clinic’s needs to help provide quality health care to the underserved.

The Resource Database includes downloadable resources as well as links on a wide variety of primary care issues. It contains links to other organizations...

Palliative Care Tools 10/09/12

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...

Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities: Training Modules 09/20/12

The Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities: Training Modules materials are intended for use in training frontline personnel in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The materials were developed for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) under a contract to the RAND Corporation. They are organized into three modules:

  • Module 1: Detecting Change in a Resident’s Condition
  • Module 2: Communicating Change in a Resident’s...
Performance Measurement and Public Reporting Quality Toolbox 09/19/12

This toolbox for patients and consumers provides information on how consumers can make health care decisions that improve the quality of care that they receive. These presentations, fact sheets, guidelines, and surveys can assist consumers by helping them get high quality care.

The toolkit includes:

  • Consumer principles on measurement and public reporting
  • Patient experience survey
  • Transparency: shedding light on health care quality
  • Performance...
Cancer Survival Toolbox 09/18/12

This audio toolbox for cancer patients provides scenarios for topics and issues facing patients/survivors during the cancer journey. Through conversations in the self-learning program, patients can develop skills and knowledge to communicate better with doctors, family, and loved ones, and meet the challenges of their illness.

The audio toolbox is divided into three areas:

  • Basic skills
  • Special topics
  • Cancer-specific programs

MONAHRQ® 4.0 09/18/12

My Own Network, powered by AHRQ (MONAHRQ), is a free software product that enables organizations—such as State and local data organizations, chartered value exchanges, hospital systems, and health plans—to input their own hospital administrative data and generate a data-driven Web site. MONAHRQ software analyzes, summarizes, and presents information in a format ready for use by consumers and other decisionmakers on:

  • Quality of care at the hospital level.
  • Health care...

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