Palliative care, pain management

Innovations

Emergency Department and Urgent Care Clinicians Use Protocol To Reduce Opioid Prescriptions for Patients Suspected of Abusing Controlled Substances 11/13/13

An emergency department and urgent care center that are part of a hospital system in southeastern Maine implemented a one-page, easy-to-understand protocol that physicians and nurses use to decide...

Legislatively Mandated, Permanent Council Serves as Effective Catalyst for Sustained Progress on End-of-Life Policy Issues in Maryland 08/12/13

Authorized as an independent, permanent government entity by the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life takes responsibility on an...

Cross-Agency Mayoral Task Force Promotes Policies and Initiatives To Reduce Prescription Opioid Misuse and Related Problems, Achieves Some Early Successes 04/25/13

A multiagency, cross-disciplinary initiative in New York City, the Mayor's Task Force on Prescription Painkiller Abuse develops and supports implementation of a constellation of policies and...

Accountable Care Organization Featuring Shared Global Risk Stimulates Development of Initiatives To Improve Care, Reduces Inpatient Use and Costs 02/11/13

Blue Shield of California, Dignity Health (a hospital system), and Hill Physicians Medical Group jointly formed an accountable care organization that operates under an annual global budget...

Comprehensive Bundle of Strategies Improves Emergency Department Turnaround Time, Reduces Boarding Time and Patients Leaving Without Being Treated 02/08/13

Lakeland Regional Medical Center implemented a comprehensive bundle of strategies to improve emergency department throughput, including reorganizing space into pods, making staffing changes to...

QualityTools

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...

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....

Caring Connections: Brochures 11/04/13

Caring Connections provides brochures to help people make informed decisions about end-of-life care and services. The free materials cover various stages of end-of-life care, such as planning ahead, talking with a physician, caring for a loved...

Managing Drug-Seeking Behaviors & Super Users in the Emergency Department 10/01/13

This guide for emergency department (ED) physicians, nurses, and caregivers includes information and tools for providing pain management care to “super users” in the ED. The guide offers an approach to understanding and managing two groups of...

Enhancing the Management of Neuropathic Pain in the Long-Term Care Setting 01/24/13

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement a performance improvement project. The goal of this project is to help clinicians accurately and appropriately manage residents with...

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