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Chartbook on Rural Health Care 12/07/15

The Rural Health Care chartbook is part of a series of tools and documents that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). This chartbook includes a summary of the trends across measures of rural health care from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of rural health care.  

The chartbook includes the following sections: 

  • Rural health care
    • Organization of the chartbook on rural...
Improving Medication Safety in High Risk Medicare Beneficiaries Toolkit 09/04/15

This toolkit is based on experience gained in the Medication Evaluation and Drug Use Problem Identification to Improve Safety in High Risk Medicare Beneficiaries (MEDIS-MB) study. The toolkit has two goals: to describe the medication therapy management (MTM) program assessed in the MEDIS-MB study, and to provide experience and tools used in the assessment. Two groups can benefit from using the toolkit: researchers who are evaluating MTM programs, and MTM service providers who need tools for...

POWER Program Curriculum 09/17/14

The POWER Program is an innovative project designed to help participating veterans manage high blood pressure and other chronic conditions. This Web site provides training materials for the peer health leaders who are the centerpiece of the program. 

The POWER Curriculum contains everything the POWER team used to plan, conduct, and evaluate a community-level training program that taught a group of volunteers to effectively lead health education sessions and activities at their...

Go4Life Materials To Share 09/17/14

Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging. It is designed to help adults 50 and older fit exercise and physical activity into their daily lives. The Go4Life Web site provides materials that health care professionals can share with their patients.

The materials include the following:

  • Tip sheets
  • Success stories
  • Exercise guide
  • Bookmarks and posters
  • Motivational flyers
Integrating Primary Care Practices and Community-Based Resources To Manage Obesity: A Bridge-Building Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices 09/17/14

The Integrating Primary Care Practices and Community-Based Resources To Manage Obesity toolkit was developed to help primary care practices manage obesity. It provides tools and concepts informed by the real-world experience of six practices in three rural Oregon communities.

The toolkit includes the following materials:

  • Staff meeting discussion guide
  • Chart audit form and instructions
  • Clinical care observation guide
  • Patient waiting room survey...
Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool 07/08/14

The Oral Health Risk Assessment (OHRA) Tool helps pediatricians and other medical providers understand risk factors, protective factors, and clinical findings related to dental caries in young children.

Accompanying the OHRA Tool is the Self-Management Goal Sheet for Parents and Caregivers, outlining simple lifestyle and diet changes that can improve a family’s oral health.

Payment Adjustments Tool For eHealth Programs 07/02/14

This interactive tool helps practitioners determine their payment adjustments and reimbursements for each of the Medicare incentive programs. It shows what payment adjustments to expect based on past, current, and expected future participation in the following programs:

  • Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program
  • Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program
  • Physician Quality Reporting System

Quality Indicators in Epilepsy Treatment Tool 06/26/14

The Quality Indicators in Epilepsy Treatment Tool (QUIET) is designed to help primary care and general neurology clinics benchmark the quality of care for adults with epilepsy. This tool can be useful for assessing the degree to which clinical care in these settings addresses the complexity of epilepsy treatment.

QUIET addresses the following aspects of care:

  • Evaluation of initial seizure
  • Initial diagnosis and treatment
  • Chronic epilepsy care
  • ...
2013 National Healthcare Disparities Report 06/26/14

The purpose of the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) is to identify the differences or gaps through which some populations receive poor or worse care than others and to track how these gaps are changing over time. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.
The 2013 report presents expanded analyses on quality of care and access to care for people with disabilities, who represent 20...

2013 National Healthcare Quality Report 06/19/14

The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the Nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.

The theme of the 2013 report highlights one of AHRQ's priority populations, individuals with...

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