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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
  • ...
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...
Supported Employment Implementation Resource Kit 12/17/07

This resource kit is designed to help communities implement a well-defined approach to helping people with mental illnesses find and keep competitive employment within their communities. It includes information targeted to consumers, families, practitioners, mental health program leaders, and public mental health authorities.

The resource kit includes the following materials:

  • User’s guide
    • Introduction
    • Background
    • Project philosophy and values...
Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 2--Diabetes Mellitus Care 12/17/07

This 206-page report (the second volume in a series) provides a critical analysis of the existing literature on quality improvement (QI) strategies for management of patients with diabetes mellitus (Type 2 diabetes), which accounts for more than 90 percent of diabetes cases in the United States.

This report addresses the following key questions:

  • Are there QI strategies that improve physicians’ treatment of diabetes and its comorbidities?
    • Can the control of...
Total Parenteral Nutrition Calculator 12/17/07

Health professionals can use the Total Parenteral Nutrition Calculator to compute proper feeding amounts for children in the hospital.

The Total Parenteral Nutrition Calculator uses set rules and algorithms to produce a feeding plan and order sheets for newborns, and issues warnings if something is incorrect about the inputs or assumptions.

This information system for nutrition ordering:

  • Checks dose ranges
  • Ensures legible orders
  • Ensures compliance with...
Environmental Scan of Instruments to Inform Consumer Choice in Assisted Living Facilities 12/17/07

This report examines questionnaires, surveys, and other instruments currently used to assess the services and quality of care in assisted living facilities across the United States including consumer-reported instruments, expert observational instruments, and provider-reported tools that evaluate services offered, the physical and cultural environments, staff issues, activities, social support, and contractual issues.

The report includes the following sections:

  • ...
Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) 12/17/07

The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) can assist personnel in State and regional education agencies, school districts, and schools to assess how closely their written curricula (locally developed or commercially prepared) align with national standards, guidelines, and best practices for high-quality physical education programs.

This tool includes the following sections:

  • Instructions
  • Preliminary curriculum considerations
    • Curriculum...
Early Child Development in Social Context: A Chartbook 12/17/07

This chartbook contains more than 30 key indicators of development and health for children ages 0 to 6 along with social factors in the family and neighborhood that affect these outcomes.

The following topics are addressed in the chartbook:

  • Introduction and overview
  • Indicators
    • Socioemotional development
      • Social competence
      • Behavioral self-control
      • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    • Intellectual development
      • ...
Quality of Health Care for Medicare Beneficiaries: A Chartbook--Focusing on the Elderly Living in the Community 12/17/07

This 186-page chartbook is based on a broad review of recently published studies and reports, conducted to present a coherent picture of the quality of health care for elderly Medicare beneficiaries living in the community. The results are presented in 60 charts.

The topics in this chartbook are presented as follows:

  • Summary and highlights
  • Introduction
    • Overview: Progress, gaps, and variations
    • Challenges in measuring quality for the elderly population...
Genomic Tests for Ovarian Cancer Detection and Management, Evidence Report/Technology Assessment 12/17/07

This report assesses the evidence that the use of genomic tests for ovarian cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment leads to improved outcomes. The authors conducted a literature review and constructed a computer simulation model to test the impact of different assumptions about ovarian cancer natural history on the relative effectiveness of different strategies.

This report includes the following sections:

  • Introduction
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Approaches to...

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