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Hispanic Diabetes Disparities Learning Network in Community Health Centers 11/25/08

This report describes the Decreasing Disparities Strategy Workgroup's development of a learning network project that included interventions and needs assessments at community health centers to help reduce the diabetes disparity in the Hispanic population.
The report includes:

  • Project description
  • Structure of the learning network
  • Evaluation design
  • Self-management training for Montgomery County Primary Care Coalition clinics
  • Appendixes...
Making Needles Hurt Less 10/01/08

Making Needles Hurt Less is a guide for caregivers to help children understand and better manage needlesticks. It provides helpful words, actions, and ideas to talk to a child about the painful procedure.

Communication Toolkit: Using Information to Get High Quality Care 09/26/08

This toolkit helps employers, labor unions, and others frame and deliver messages to employees about the meaning and importance of getting evidence-based health care. The toolkit takes the concepts of making health care decisions on evidence and translates them into language that employees can understand. It contains resources for the employer, including background on how to communicate more effectively with employees as well as a collection of materials for them to download and adapt for...

National Organizations That Offer Services to People With Cancer and Their Families 09/26/08

People with cancer and their families sometimes need assistance coping with the emotional as well as the practical aspects of the disease. This database, provided by the National Cancer Institute, provides some of the national, nonprofit organizations that provide such services.

Dual Eligibles: Medicaid's Role for Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries 09/22/08

This fact sheet describes the Medicaid/Medicare dual eligible population and related issues. Dual eligibles are low-income elderly and persons with disabilities who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. Information in the document discusses why this population needs Medicaid, what services they receive from Medicaid, and the current policy challenges related to dual eligibles, including the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.

Return on Investment Calculator for Medicaid Quality Initiatives 09/22/08

This calculator helps Medicaid stakeholders allocate resources and demonstrate a return on investment (ROI) from quality improvement initiatives. The forecast results help decisionmakers invest in programs that more effectively manage the care of high-risk, high-cost beneficiaries, and can improve health outcomes, reduce unnecessary utilization, and control Medicaid expenditures.

To calculate an ROI forecast, the user must input information on:

  • Intervention
  • ...
Where to Seek Help--A Bright Futures Referral Tool for Providers 09/22/08

This guide helps health care providers create a customized, community-based list of referral resources.

The tool organizes referral resources by:

  • Education/special needs
  • Health and wellness
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Family support/parenting
  • Child care/early childhood education
  • Other resources
Nursing Assistant Ostomy Competency Tool 09/16/08

This tool is used to rate nursing assistants on their performance of critical elements of care for patients with existing ostomies. This does not apply to patients with new postoperative ostomies.

Elements of the evaluation include:

  • Discussion with primary nurse regarding the plan of care
  • Communication with the patient
  • Providing privacy for the patient
  • Ability to list supplies needed for the appliance change
  • Ability to describe...
Newborn Screening ACTion (ACT) Sheets and Confirmatory Algorithms 09/03/08

The Newborn Screening ACTion (ACT) sheets and Confirmatory Algorithms are educational resources for physicians. The ACT sheet describes the short-term actions a health professional should follow in communicating with the family and determining the appropriate steps in the followup of the infant who has screened positive. The algorithms present an overview of the basic steps involved in determining the final diagnosis in the infant.

ACT sheets and algorithms include the following...

Lean Hospitals: Six Sigma and Lean Healthcare Forms 06/25/08

Derived from the Toyota Production System, which has revolutionized manufacturing and service industries in the United States and around the world for many years, Lean and Six Sigma principles implemented in the health care environment can help to improve operational performance, reduce costs, increase revenue, improve quality, and develop a culture to ensure lasting results.

This site provides the following downloadable Lean and Six Sigma project forms:

  • Six...

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