This guide provides tools and resources for veterans, caregivers and families, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) providers and staff to explore long-term care options. The guide includes information about home- and community-based services, residential settings, and nursing homes.
It also provides a shared decisionmaking approach to long-term care decisions in which veterans work with their social worker, care team, and informal caregivers to make plans and decisions...
This business planning guide is designed to assist community clinics and health centers (CCHCs) and clinic consortia as they consider developing networks to share specialty services. The guide walks the reader through the relevant planning questions and assists in evaluating and implementing each step. At the guide’s core is a series of examples, worksheets, checklists, and sample documents that provide practical information to support the planning process. It is designed to be of use both...
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...
This Web site provides tools and resources developed by the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) that can assist in carrying out quality improvement projects. The tools and resources are a combination of tools developed through VCHIP’s various projects, relevant Web pages, and key publications of active and completed projects.
The Web site is divided into the following sections:
- Early childhood
- School age and adolescence ...
The Children’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Format, for EHR system developers, provides information about critical functionality, data elements, and other requirements needed in an EHR system to improve quality measurement and collection of clinical quality data. The information helps address health care needs specific to the care of children, especially those enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The tool includes a minimum set of data elements and...
This tool provides a six-step approach for providers and physicians to implement an electronic health record (EHR) system in their practice. Each step provides process and outcome goals, and resources to help assess and determine if an EHR will help improve quality of patient care.
The tool is organized by the six steps and includes the following materials:
- Step 1: Assess your practice readiness
- Change management for EHR...
This Web site provides hospitals and health systems tools and resources to improve their systems of care when responding to a patient with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Resources such as checklists, algorithms, protocols, strategies, requirements, fact sheets, and more are available under the following areas:
- Emergency medical services
- Referral center
- Receiving center
The Detoxification Center Evaluation checklist can be used to evaluate intoxicated individuals to determine if they need to go to the emergency department or can safely be transported directly to a county detoxification facility.
The checklist is provided in the report linked below and also includes a followup form.
This toolkit, for physicians and clinical staff, provides evidence-based action steps and tools to improve cancer screening rates in their practice. By increasing cancer screening rates, practices can improve quality performance measures.
The toolkit has three main components:
- The four essentials and related tools to improve cancer screening rates
- Clinic self-assessment using the four essentials
- Guidance and tips for effective office training...
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...