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Eliminating Health Care–Associated Infections: State Policy Options 05/29/13

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide guidance to senior policymakers on various promising ways to use legal and policy interventions as tools to implement comprehensive health care–associated infection (HAI) prevention programs. The guide outlines several policies related to reporting, training, and financial incentives and disincentives aimed at decreasing HAIs.

 

Lexicon for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration: Concepts and Definitions Developed by Expert Consensus 05/29/13

The Lexicon for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration is a set of concepts and definitions developed by expert consensus for what is meant by behavioral health and primary care integration—a functional definition of what things look like in practice. A consensus lexicon enables effective communication and concerted action among clinicians, care systems, health plans, payers, researchers, policymakers, business modelers, and patients working for effective, widespread implementation...

National Rural Health Resource Center: Health Information Exchange Toolkit 05/15/13

The National Rural Health Resource Center developed this Health Information Exchange (HIE) toolkit, which contains resources designed for rural providers including hospitals, health networks, and others.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • HIE policy matrix: Includes “policy models” adapted from the Connecting for Health Common Framework
  • HIE DIRECT guide: This guide to DIRECT connectivity standards is designed to...
Influenza-Fecal Immunochemical Test and Influenza–Fecal Occult Blood Test Program Materials 05/15/13

The influenza-fecal immunochemical test (FLU-FIT) and influenza–fecal occult blood test (FLU-FOBT) Programs allow health care providers to increase access to colorectal cancer screening by offering home tests to patients at the time of their annual influenza shots. This Web page offers information and program materials to help providers implement a FLU-FIT or FLU-FOBT Program.

The downloadable materials are provided in an editable format so you can customize them for your...

Developing and Running a Primary Care Practice Facilitation Program: A How-to Guide 05/09/13

This how-to guide was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to support organizations interested in starting a practice facilitation program for primary care transformation with the goal of improving health and patient experience and lowering costs. The guide is intended for future and existing directors of facilitation programs to use as they make important decisions about the startup and administration of their own programs. Through the tools and links provided in the...

Health Information Exchange Toolkits 05/09/13

This Web page from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) offers three toolkits that provide information about Health Information Exchange (HIE) organizations, networks, and initiatives at the local, regional, and State level. The toolkits can help providers build a solid foundation of knowledge around HIE and include overview summaries, concept information, implementation examples, and other HIE information and perspectives.

The following toolkits are...

Private Performance Feedback Reporting for Physicians: Guidance for Community Quality Collaboratives 05/03/13

This resource document is intended to provide practical information and guidance primarily to Chartered Value Exchanges and other community quality collaboratives interested in the design, dissemination, and use of private feedback reports on physician performance. It offers 13 specific recommendations for consideration by community quality collaboratives that are either currently engaged in or are contemplating private feedback reporting. These recommendations include overall strategic...

Implementing the ABCDE Bundle at the Bedside 05/03/13

This toolkit, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), provides validated, evidence-based clinical knowledge, resources, and guidelines for implementing the ABCDE Bundle to prevent the unintended consequences of critical illness such as delirium, prolonged ventilation, and excessive muscular deterioration. The toolkit simplifies sharing of critical learning and implementation of new initiatives in patient care units. Most tools are available in a customizable format that...

Addressing Language Access Issues in Your Practice: A Toolkit for Physicians and Their Staff Members 04/29/13

This toolkit, for physicians and health care teams, presents a systems approach to redesigning an office practice to provide the highest quality care possible to patients who speak limited English. It provides a guide to assist in taking small steps toward a complete language access system. The guide includes many options and resources so that practices can tailor their language access program to their particular needs.

This guide is organized around three steps that will help...

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Wellness Initiative Tools 04/23/13

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Wellness Initiative aims to inspire individuals to improve one physical health behavior while exploring their talents, skills, interests, social connections, and environment to incorporate other dimensions of wellness. The tools on the site include free downloadable posters, fact sheets, brochures, and slide presentations that highlight the eight dimensions of wellness and provide information to consumers and providers on...

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