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

This 151-page resource guide was developed as a learning tool for State officials who want to improve the quality of health care for people with asthma in their States. The guide is designed to help officials assess quality of care, using State-level data, and fashion quality improvement strategies suited to State conditions. The Resource Guide and its complementary Workbook can serve as tools for sharing the expertise, ideas, knowledge, and solutions of those involved in...

Theory and Reality of Value-Based Purchasing: Lessons from the Pioneers 12/17/07

This report summary provides early lessons on the scope, patterns, barriers, and possibilities of value-based purchasing. It is drawn from in-depth discussion with nine employers and coalitions as well as written material from many other organizations.

Information presented on:

  • Theory of value-based purchasing
  • Reality of value-based purchasing
  • Measurement activities of the pioneers
  • Obstacles
  • Accomplishments...
Improving Managed Care for Children with Special Needs: A Best Clinical and Administrative Practices Toolkit 12/17/07

This toolkit provides resources for policymakers, health plans, and clinicians and addresses the gap between what can be delivered to children with special health care needs and what is actually received.

This toolkit includes the following sections:

  • Foreword: Who are children with special needs?
  • Improving quality for children with special needs
    • The challenge of serving children with special needs
    • Opportunities to enhance services for children with...
A Guide to Planning and Implementing Cultural Competence Organizational Self-Assessment 12/17/07

The National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) prepared this six-page guide to assist health and human services organizations in assessing their ability to address the needs and preferences of culturally and linguistically diverse groups of consumers. This guide addresses the following topics regarding organizational self-assessment:

  • Rationale for self-assessment
  • Essential elements in achieving cultural competence
  • The benefits of self-assessment
  • The...
The Community Tool Box 12/17/07

The Community Tool Box (CTB) is a free, Internet-based service that can help communities address health and development issues. It offers over 7,000 pages of practical guidance in community capacity building in an effort to bring about change and improvement in communities. The CTB connects people with resources for learning the many skills required for this work and applying this knowledge in diverse cultures and contexts.

The CTB’s nearly 300 different sections providing...

Comprehensive Clinic Assessment Software Application (CoCASA) 12/17/07

The Comprehensive Clinic Assessment Software Application (CoCASA) is a tool for assessing immunization practices within a clinic, private practice, or any other environment where immunizations are provided. This software is designed to be used in conjunction with the Assessment, Feedback, Incentives, Exchange (AFIX) strategy. CoCASA has data entry and import capabilities. After immunization data have been entered into CoCASA, data analysis capabilities can be utilized to pinpoint strengths...

Focus on Ability: Interviewing Applicants with Disabilities 12/17/07

This tool provides tips to assist employers in interviewing people with disabilities.

This tool addresses the following topics:

  • Preparing for the interview
  • Conducting the interview
  • Resources to assist
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Community/Ambulatory Pharmacy 12/17/07

This self assessment is a comprehensive tool designed to help health care providers and their staff assess the safety of medication practices in their pharmacy, identify opportunities for improvement, and compare their experience with the aggregate experiences of demographically similar community pharmacies around the Nation.

It is divided into the following 10 elements:

 

  • Patient information
  • Drug information
  • Communication of drug orders...
Think Cultural Health: Bridging the Health Care Gap through Cultural Competency Continuing Education Programs 12/17/07

This Web site, sponsored by the Office of Minority Health, offers the latest resources and tools to promote cultural competency in health care. It includes free online courses accredited for continuing education credit, as well as supplementary tools to help health care providers and organizations promote respectful, understandable, and effective care. Free registration is required to access some of these tools.

This site includes the following training materials:

  • A...
FluAid 2.0 Software 12/17/07

FluAid 2.0 is a test version of software designed to assist State and local planners in preparing for the next influenza pandemic by providing estimates of potential impact specific to their locality. FluAid provides a range of estimates of impact in terms of deaths, hospitalizations, and outpatient visits due to pandemic influenza.

Users can download the software from this Web page and view the following information:

  • National estimates of economic impact
  • ...

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