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The Council of State Governments Health Literacy Toolkit 12/17/07

This toolkit contains information that examines different ways States can address health literacy–through their Medicaid programs, by improving health communication, in State-mandated K-12 curriculum, and by working with adult learners.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • Executive summary: Excerpts from the Council of State Governments (CSG’s) State Official’s Guide to Health Literacy
  • Issue briefs
    • New...
Diabetes Mellitus Algorithm S: Screening and Prevention 12/17/07

This algorithm is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Diabetes Mellitus, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (VA/DoD). It is intended to:

  • Promote evidence-based management of individuals with diabetes
  • Identify the critical decision points in management of patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), such as glycemic control, evaluation of the eyes and feet, and co-morbid conditions (e.g....
Remaking American Medicine: Health Care for the 21st Century, Leadership Guide 12/17/07

This leadership guide is an informational and organizational tool to support the Remaking American Medicine campaign, a grassroots initiative to mobilize the public in demanding and supporting sweeping change throughout the American health system.

This guide includes the following:

  • Overview: A system in need of critical care
  • How to use the Leadership Guide
  • Remaking American Medicine (four-part film series)
  • National outreach campaign...
Ideal Administrator - Long-Term Care Leadership Self-Assessment Tool 12/17/07
The Ideal Administrator is a free, Web-based, self-assessment tool for long-term care administrators. After answering a series of questions about their leadership practices, administrators receive a confidential report on their performance.

This tool addresses two aspects of leadership:

  • The mission, beliefs, and principles that drive a leader
  • The actual performance of the leader
Enhancing Child Development Services in Medicaid Managed Care--Toolkit: Best Clinical and Administrative Practices for Medicaid 12/17/07

This 66-page toolkit describes the experiences of 11 Medicaid managed care organizations in developing, pilot testing, and refining a Best Clinical and Administrative Practices (BCAP) initiative to improve early childhood screening and anticipatory guidance, with an emphasis on preventive pediatric care.

This toolkit addresses the following topics:

  • Enhancing child development services in Medicaid managed care
  • Enhancing child development services using the BCAP...
Roadmaps for Clinical Practice Series - Improving Immunization: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Populations 12/17/07

Improving Immunizations: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Populations includes several case studies on the leading health indicator of immunization for infectious diseases, with a special focus on reducing racial and ethnic disparities.

The primer provides background information, practical recommendations, and solutions to commonly encountered questions that physicians face from diverse patient populations, case presentations for improving health care delivery, and resources.
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Quality of Health Care for Children and Adolescents: A Chartbook 12/17/07

This chartbook is the first comprehensive national report on the quality of pediatric care. The researchers reviewed over 500 studies and synthesized this information into 40 charts that provide a portrait of the current state of pediatric health care.

The chartbook finds dramatic progress in some areas–such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections in pediatric intensive care units–and serious challenges in many others–such as gaps in preventive care and developmental services. It...

Management of Diabetes Mellitus in Primary Care Algorithm E: Eye Care 12/17/07

This algorithm is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Diabetes Mellitus, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (VA/DoD). It is intended to:

  • Promote evidence-based management of individuals with diabetes
  • Identify the critical decision points in management of patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), such as glycemic control, evaluation of the eyes and feet, and comorbid conditions (e.g....
Physical Activity Evaluation Handbook 12/17/07

This 73-page handbook provides tools that State and local agencies and community-based organizations can use to evaluate physical activity programs. These tools are designed to help users demonstrate program outcomes and continuously improve physical activity promotion programs.

This handbook includes the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Six steps for evaluating physical activity programs
    • Engage stakeholders
    • Describe or plan the program
    • Focus...
Risk Management and Quality in Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS): Individual Risk Planning and Prevention, System-wide Quality Improvement 12/17/07

This report explores the topic of effective individual risk management in community-based services among States engaged in risk planning for Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) waiver participants. Administrators from 11 State operating agencies, representing a range of waiver types and geographic areas, were interviewed for this report. These agencies served at least one of four waiver populations (the elderly, people with physical disabilities, people with mental retardation...

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