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Church-Health System Partnership Facilitates Transitions From Hospital to Home for Urban, Low-Income African Americans, Reducing Mortality, Utilization, and Costs 9/10/2014
A partnership between a large health system and 512 churches supports the transition from the hospital back into the community, leading to lower mortality, health care utilization, and health care costs and to higher satisfaction with hospital care.
Community Partnerships Target High-Risk Populations, Leading to More Effective, Lower-Cost Hepatitis Screening 9/10/2014
The St. Luke's Texas Liver Coalition revamped its strategic approach to screening for hepatitis C, shifting away from screening the general population at health fairs to forming partnerships with various community-based organizations that work with high-risk populations.
Policy Inclusive Design Process and Extensive Promotion and Support Generate Widespread Use of Health Information Exchange, Leading to Improvements in Health Outcomes 9/10/2014
Use of an inclusive design process and the investment of significant time and resources in promoting and supporting use of a health information exchange generates widespread participation by providers, which in turn leads to more patients having an electronic health record, better management of high cholesterol, and increased provision of tobacco cessation counseling and screening for depression and breast cancer.
Pathology Team Provides Patient-Specific Interpretations of Test Results, Reducing Ordering Errors and Speeding Up Diagnostic Process 9/10/2014
Pathologists provide a paragraph of patient-specific analysis as a supplement to traditional laboratory test results, leading to fewer ordering errors, time savings, and quicker diagnoses.
Updated Policy System Gives Authorized Users Access to Interstate Information on Controlled Substance Prescriptions, Assisting Them in Identifying Cases of Potential Misuse 9/10/2014
A data exchange platform links individual State prescription-monitoring programs, helping authorized prescribers and pharmacists identify patients who appear to be crossing State lines to obtain drugs for potential personal misuse or illegal activity.
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QualityTools
Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals 8/27/2014
This guide provides recommendations to help hospitals address unique patient needs, meet patient-centered communication standards, and comply with related Joint Commission requirements.
Implementing The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding 8/27/2014
This toolkit, published by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, addresses The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding. It provides guidelines for data collection to comply with the measure and recommendations for evidence-based best practices.
IMPaCT™ Model Tool Kit 8/27/2014
The IMPaCT™ model is an evidence-based system for community health worker recruitment, training, and care. This toolkit is designed to help other organizations adapt and implement this model. 
2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report 8/13/2014
The purpose of the National Healthcare Disparities Report 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.
Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records 8/13/2014
This online guide, for health care providers, information technology specialists, and system administrators, helps in planning and avoiding possible problems when implementing and using an electronic health record (EHR).
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ARTICLES
Integrating Behavioral Health With Primary Care 6/18/2014
How Middle Managers Can Influence Innovation Implementation 5/7/2014
Harnessing Disruptive Innovation in Health Care 4/23/2014
How To Build Sustainability Into the Innovation Process 4/23/2014
States Turn to Managed Care To Constrain Medicaid Long-Term Care Costs 4/23/2014
Using Tools for Idea Generation 4/23/2014
A Researcher’s Perspective on Clinical-Community Relationships 3/26/2014
Challenges Facing Rural Health Care 3/26/2014
Chronic Disease Management Can Reduce Readmissions 3/26/2014
Connecting Underserved Patients to Primary Care After Emergency Department Visits 3/26/2014
Delivering Preventive Services Through Clinical-Community Linkages 3/26/2014
Improving Access to Specialty Care for Medicaid Patients 3/26/2014
Moving an Innovative Depression Care Model from Research to Practice 3/26/2014
Public- and Private-Sector Initiatives Are Reducing Health Disparities Among Children 3/26/2014
Spreading Innovations To Enhance Care for Older Adults 3/26/2014
Technology Is Improving Patients' Access to Their Health Information 3/26/2014
The State of Accountable Care Organizations 3/26/2014
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Will Soon Issue a Final Recommendation on HIV Screening for Adolescents and Adults 3/26/2014
Trends in Cancer Screening 3/26/2014
Trends in Health Information Exchanges 3/26/2014
Formalization of the Pathways Model Facilitates Standards and Certification 2/26/2014
National Initiative Uses Medical Order Forms To Translate Patients’ End-of-Life Wishes Into Action 12/18/2013
Selecting an Innovation Strategy 12/4/2013
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Develops New Resources on Clinical-Community Relationships to Promote Research 8/14/2013
How To Think About Evidence When Deciding Whether To Adopt an Innovation 6/19/2013
Telehealth Improves Access and Quality of Care for Alaska Natives 5/22/2013
New Recognition Standards for Specialty Practices Emphasize Coordination With Primary Care 4/17/2013
Public Health Workforce Faces New Challenges and Opportunities 4/17/2013
ISSUES
Strategies To Address Frequent Emergency Department Use 10/23/2013
Quality Improvement in Pediatric Care 10/9/2013
Improving Health Through Clinical–Community Collaboration 7/31/2013
Access to Specialty Care in Federally Qualified Health Centers 7/17/2013
Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care 6/19/2013
Health Information Exchanges 6/5/2013
Accountable Care Organizations 5/8/2013
Clinical-Community Linkages to Improve Chronic Disease Care 7/3/2012
Mental Health Care for Underserved Populations 2/15/2012
Partnerships to Improve Care Coordination 12/7/2011
Health IT in Care Coordination 7/20/2011
Core Measures in Hospitals 4/13/2011
Mental Illness Care 2/2/2011
Integrated Primary Care 8/18/2010
Connecting Health Care and Social Services 6/9/2010
Care Coordination 2/3/2010
Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates 7/20/2009
Implementing Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines 5/25/2009
Improve Patient Care upon Hospital Discharge and Patient Safety during Transfers 2/16/2009
Linking Clinical Practices and the Community 12/8/2008
VIDEOS

Healthcare Policy Innovations: Changing Care, Improving Health, Nancy Langenfeld, MS, RN
Care Management Plus Program: Can This Innovation Be Scaled?
Essentia Heart Failure Program: Can This Innovation Be Scaled?
Blueprint for Health: Foundations of the Blueprint (2 of 3)
Innovations Exchange: Sharing Ideas on Health Care
EVENTS
Chats on Change: Creating a Successful Health Information Exchange
12/3/2013
Clinical-Community Relationships as a Pathway To Improve Health: Tools for Research and Evaluation
8/7/2013
Building Health Information Exchanges To Support ACOs and Medical Homes: Delaware's Experience
6/5/2013
A Close Look at Care Coordination Within Patient-Centered Medical Homes: West Virginia’s Experience
5/9/2013
Vermont Blueprint for Health: Working Together for Better Care
9/25/2012
Chats on Change: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care
8/29/2012
Connecting Those At-Risk to Care: A Guide to Building a Community "HUB"
9/16/2010
Learning From Disappointment: When Your Innovation Falls Short
11/1/2009
Roller Coaster: Implementation of the Arizona Medical Information Exchange (AMIE)
8/1/2009
Engaging Stakeholders: How to Obtain and Retain Buy-In for Your Innovations
1/1/2009
GUIDES
Connecting Those at Risk to Care: A Guide to Building a Community "HUB" to Promote a System of Collaboration, Accountability, and Improved Outcomes

Last updated: September 10, 2014.