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Learn the Signs. Act Early. Developmental Milestones 12/17/07

This interactive tool allows parents to view developmental milestones for children at various ages, between 2 months and 5 years.

This tool provides information on milestones in the following categories:

  • Social and emotional
  • Movement
  • Hand and finger skills
  • Cognitive
  • Hearing and speech
  • Vision
  • Language
Key Outcome Indicators For Evaluating Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs 12/17/07

This guide provides information on 120 key outcome indicators for evaluation of statewide comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs. Indicators are organized by evidence-based logic models. Detailed information is provided for each indicator, including indicator definition, example data sources and measures, and graphic depictions of expert panel ratings across various criteria, such as overall quality and resource utilization.

This guide addresses the following topics:...

NCQA's (National Committee for Quality Assurance's) Quality Dividend Calculator™ 2008 12/17/07

This free, online tool from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) calculates how health care quality can affect the productivity and absenteeism of employees and affords employers and health care purchasers the opportunity to see how quality care can impact their company’s bottom line.

The Quality Dividend Calculator 2008 estimates the absenteeism, lost productivity, and related expenses that result from a specific set of chronic conditions: asthma, diabetes, heart...

Hospital Performance Report 2006: 31 Common Medical Procedures and Treatments 12/17/07

This report provides data on inpatient hospital discharges for all Pennsylvania general and most specialty acute care hospitals, regardless of bed size. The information is hospital-specific and is presented in three regional versions (Western, Central/Northeastern, and Southeastern). This tool can assist consumers and purchasers in making more informed health decisions and can also aid providers in highlighting additional opportunities for quality improvement and cost containment.

The...

Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP) 12/17/07

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) is a family of health care databases and related software tools and products developed through a Federal-State-industry partnership. The HCUP databases, which are available for purchase, bring together the data collection efforts of State data organizations, hospital associations, private data organizations, and the Federal government to create a national information resource of patient-level health care data. HCUP databases contain a core...

National Committee for Quality Assurance's (NCQA's) Report Card for Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organizations 12/17/07

The National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) Report Card for Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organizations (MBHO) is an interactive tool that makes quality information about MBHOs more accessible to employers, health plans, and consumers. The MBHO Report Card informs consumers about the MBHOs that have undergone NCQA’s thorough, expert evaluation. Users can view the entire MBHO list or selected MBHOs.

The MBHO Report Card provides the following information:

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National Survey of Children's Health: Data Resource Center 12/17/07

This data query tool provides immediate access to the National Survey of Children’s Health data, as well as resources and assistance for interpreting and reporting findings. The interactive data query can be used to search and compare survey results for a State, the Nation, or subgroups of children.

The interactive data query allows users to search on the following topics:

  • Child health measures—More than 60 measures of child health and well-being derived from the survey, in...
Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) Software and User's Guide 12/17/07

The Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) combines and aggregates codes from the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) into groups that can be employed in many types of projects analyzing data on diagnoses and procedures. The CCS tool is continually updated.

The CCS consists of the following classification systems:

  • Single-level CCS: Groups diagnoses into mutually exclusive categories. The single-level diagnosis CCS...
National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) 12/17/07

This Web-accessible database provides access to evidence-based quality measures and measure sets. The National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) mission is to provide practitioners, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others with an accessible mechanism for obtaining detailed information on quality measures, and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use in order to inform health care decisions.

Key components of NQMC...

Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Workbook for State Action 12/17/07

This 39-page workbook will help State leaders develop the information needed to support quality improvement efforts for asthma-related health care. The written exercises help users begin to think about effective partnerships, assembly of State data, questions to raise about interpretation of the data, and quality improvement techniques.

The following modules are presented in this workbook:

  • Module 1: Making the case for asthma care quality improvement
    • Assess the...

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