Quality improvement strategies
Sustainable, effective relationships between primary care clinicians and preventive service providers in the community can improve patients’ access to certain evidence-based clinical preventive services. These relationships connect clinical providers, community organizations, and public health agencies—organizations that share a common goal of improving the health of people and the communities in which they live.
To identify ways to further define, measure, and evaluate programs...
An Improvement Partnership (IP) is a durable, regional collaboration of public and private partners that uses measurement-based efforts and a systems approach to improve the quality of children ‘s health care. This guide attempts to share the best thinking and knowledge about what existing IPs have been able to accomplish. It is designed for any state with an existing IP, regardless of the stage of development, or for any state contemplating setting up an IP.
The guide outlines...
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...
Team Strategy and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS ®) is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and other teamwork skills. This multimedia resource kit helps organizations plan, conduct, and evaluate its team training program. It includes ready-to-use materials and training curricula necessary to integrate teamwork principles into all areas of a health care system.
This kit includes the...
This referral form for emergency physicians or other specialists, helps assess a patient who recently experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a minor stroke. The form is a first step for assessing patients to determine the best stroke prevention strategies, care, and prevention based on individual test results and health needs.
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.
The National Quality Strategy (NQS) was first published in March 2011 and is led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established as part of the Affordable Care Act, the NQS serves as a catalyst and compass for a nationwide focus on quality improvement efforts and an approach to measuring quality.
The NQS Tools page includes the following resources:
- National Quality Strategy 5-Year...
This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement a performance improvement project. The goal of this project is to help clinicians accurately and appropriately manage residents with neuropathic or persistent pain.
The toolkit includes the following components:
- Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
- Sample data collection form and performance measures/...