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Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) Version 2 12/17/07

This software tool has been developed to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety, and health issues. It can be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct voluntary self-assessments of their school (and other) facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school by school.

The following are the primary categories included in HealthySEAT:

  • Central office
    • Chemical management...
The Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey Results 12/17/07

Each year, Leapfrog gathers and reports information on hospital quality and patient safety efforts to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive hospital care. This tool provides a search function that patients can use to obtain information about hospitals in their area and to compare hospitals. Hospitals voluntarily submit the information shown on this site.

This tool provides the following information about hospitals:

  • Computerized physician order...
Technical Assistance Costing Tool (TACT): A Resource To Help Clinicians and Health Care Organizations Identify Costs In Providing HIV/AIDS Care 12/17/07

The Technical Assistance Costing Tool (TACT) is an Excel-based software tool that lets providers identify how much their services cost. It uses basic patient information to calculate patient care expenses, providing grantees with cost information on their clinical services that can then be used for billing and reimbursement with managed care organizations and other third party payers.

Topics addressed include:

  • Who can benefit?
  • What questions can TACT answer?
  • ...
Resources to Implement Cross-Cultural Clinical Practice Guidelines for Medicaid Practitioners: Physician Toolkit and Curriculum 12/17/07

This toolkit will help providers apply the Cross-Cultural Clinical Practice Guidelines, which were written for primary care practitioners serving racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse Medicaid populations in various outpatient settings. It introduces the fundamentals of cross-cultural practice and offers steps and processes essential to delivering high-quality care to culturally diverse populations.

The toolkit includes the following sections:

  • Introduction and...
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...
Toolkit: Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines 12/17/07

This toolkit was designed to assist health care settings in maximizing the potential of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), through systematic and well-planned implementation. It was also designed to accompany the nursing best practice guidelines (NBPGs) developed by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) in order to facilitate their implementation.

This toolkit presents the following information:

  • Setting the stage
  • Criteria for identifying a well-...
Medication Calendar 12/17/07
This tool provides patients with an easy-to-understand list of medications that includes indications as well as dose, route, frequency, and specific timing recommendations. Medications and instructions can be typed out and provided to patients before discharge.
Testing for BNP and NT-proBNP in the Diagnosis and Prognosis of Heart Failure: Evidence Report/Technology Assessment 12/17/07

This evidence report presents the results of a systematic review to evaluate B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal proBNP (NT-proBNP) as promising markers for heart failure diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.

The evidence report is organized as follows:

  • Introduction
    • BNPs
    • Heart failure
    • Determinants of BNPs
    • Diagnosis of heart failure using BNPs
    • Prognostic utility of BNPs
    • Treatment monitoring using BNPs
    • ...
Participant Experience Survey: Elderly/Disabled (E/D) Version 12/17/07

This survey solicits feedback from elderly and disabled program participants about the services and supports they receive under the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waiver program. States can use these data to calculate performance indicators for monitoring quality within their waiver programs, to guide quality improvement projects, and to use in conjunction with other quality management strategies.

This survey addresses these priority areas:

  • Access to care
  • ...
National Coalition for Food-Safe Schools 12/17/07

This Web site is a one-stop gateway to school food safety information and resources. It includes the following information:

Action Guide Tools: Use the tools to launch and build support for food-safe school programs, such as a how-to guide and video, motivational PowerPoint(r) presentation and administrator’s briefing brochure, and topical in-depth modules

Assess: Assess your school’s food safety strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan for improvement using the Food-Safe...

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