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Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety 07/11/13

The Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety is a tested, evidence-based resource to help hospitals work as partners with patients and families to improve quality and safety. It provides four evidence-based strategies that hospitals can use to implement patient- and family-centered care practices. Each strategy includes educational tools and resources for patients and families, training materials for health care professionals, and real-world examples...

Blue Button 07/01/13

Blue Button is a way for consumers and patients to get easy, secure online access to their health information offered by their doctors, insurers, pharmacies, or other health-related service. It provides patients with a highly visible, clickable button to download their health data so they can use it to improve their health and be more engaged in their health care.

This Web site provides more information about the Blue Button approach and offers guidance on how health care...

Education Health Center Toolkit 07/01/13

The Education Health Center Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to training family medicine residents in community health centers. The toolkit is built around four areas designed to improve the quality of primary care training by supporting effective affiliation between health centers and family medicine residencies:

  • Mission and governance
  • Administration and operations
  • Finance
  • Legal
Each of these areas has its own section in the toolkit and is a...
Sharing Specialty Services: A Business Guide and Toolkit for Community Clinics 06/18/13

This business planning guide is designed to assist community clinics and health centers (CCHCs) and clinic consortia as they consider developing networks to share specialty services. The guide walks the reader through the relevant planning questions and assists in evaluating and implementing each step. At the guide’s core is a series of examples, worksheets, checklists, and sample documents that provide practical information to support the planning process. It is designed to be of use both...

Patients as Partners Training Guide 06/18/13

These guides explain how health care providers and patients and families can work together to effect safer delivery of care, help realize better expected medical outcomes, reduce risk and liability, reduce medical costs, and advance an authentic culture of safety throughout hospitals in the United States. The guides provide hospitals with a clearly delineated path to successful collaboration complete with comprehensive instructions and a unique customizable road map.

There are six...

Eliminating Health Care–Associated Infections: State Policy Options 05/29/13

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide guidance to senior policymakers on various promising ways to use legal and policy interventions as tools to implement comprehensive health care–associated infection (HAI) prevention programs. The guide outlines several policies related to reporting, training, and financial incentives and disincentives aimed at decreasing HAIs.

 

Lexicon for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration: Concepts and Definitions Developed by Expert Consensus 05/29/13

The Lexicon for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration is a set of concepts and definitions developed by expert consensus for what is meant by behavioral health and primary care integration—a functional definition of what things look like in practice. A consensus lexicon enables effective communication and concerted action among clinicians, care systems, health plans, payers, researchers, policymakers, business modelers, and patients working for effective, widespread implementation...

National Rural Health Resource Center: Health Information Exchange Toolkit 05/15/13

The National Rural Health Resource Center developed this Health Information Exchange (HIE) toolkit, which contains resources designed for rural providers including hospitals, health networks, and others.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • HIE policy matrix: Includes “policy models” adapted from the Connecting for Health Common Framework
  • HIE DIRECT guide: This guide to DIRECT connectivity standards is designed to...
Developing and Running a Primary Care Practice Facilitation Program: A How-to Guide 05/09/13

This how-to guide was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to support organizations interested in starting a practice facilitation program for primary care transformation with the goal of improving health and patient experience and lowering costs. The guide is intended for future and existing directors of facilitation programs to use as they make important decisions about the startup and administration of their own programs. Through the tools and links provided in the...

Health Information Exchange Toolkits 05/09/13

This Web page from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) offers three toolkits that provide information about Health Information Exchange (HIE) organizations, networks, and initiatives at the local, regional, and State level. The toolkits can help providers build a solid foundation of knowledge around HIE and include overview summaries, concept information, implementation examples, and other HIE information and perspectives.

The following toolkits are...

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