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Policy State Provides Financial and Technical Support to Underserved Communities Designated as Health Enterprise Zones, Leading to Enhancements in Primary Care Capacity 8/27/2014
The State of Maryland provides financial and technical support to five communities designated through a competitive bidding process as health enterprise zones, leading to an expansion of primary care capacity in these areas.
Policy Medical Center Improves Collection and Analysis of Demographic Information, Leading to Better Interpretation Services and Higher Quality Cardiac Care 8/13/2014
A medical center uses a standard protocol to improve collection of racial, ethnic, and language data from patients, leading to better interpretation services for patients with limited English proficiency and to more consistent, higher quality care for cardiac patients.
Formal Processes Ensure System-Wide Focus on Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care, Improving Performance on Core Measures 7/30/2014
A health system uses formal processes to track patients who meet core measure inclusion criteria, monitor gaps in care, investigate care variances, and share data and best practices, leading to a significant improvement in overall performance on the measures.
Unobtrusive, Actionable Reminders and Performance Feedback Improve Physician Performance on Standardized Quality Measures 7/30/2014
Through its commercial electronic medical record system, a large internal medicine practice provides physicians with unobtrusive reminders related to 16 standardized measures and makes it easy for them to order recommended tests or treatment or document legitimate exceptions, leading to better performance on these measures.
Postdischarge Followup Calls to Skilled Nursing Facilities Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions by Two-Thirds 7/2/2014
Hospital case managers telephone skilled nursing facility nurses within 48 hours of each heart failure patient's discharge to verify that appropriate care management is being provided, leading to a significant reduction in readmissions and associated cost savings.
QualityTools
Expecting Success Toolkit 3/27/2013
The Expecting Success Toolkit provides tips for hospitals on improving the quality of care and reducing disparities.
Heart Failure Self-Management—Caring for Your Heart: Living Well With Heart Failure 1/30/2013
These health communication aides for clinicians can help them demonstrate to patients that organized self-management support can improve self-care behaviors and prevent hospitalizations.
Testing for BNP and NT-proBNP in the Diagnosis and Prognosis of Heart Failure: Evidence Report/Technology Assessment 8/8/2012
This evidence report presents the results of a systematic review to evaluate B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal proBNP (NT-proBNP) as promising markers for heart failure diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.
Get With The GuidelinesSM Toolbox 3/14/2012
Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) is an evidence-based program for in-hospital quality improvement. It helps to ensure that the care hospitals provide to coronary artery disease, stroke, and heart failure patients is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines.
Heart Failure Toolkit for Providers 1/18/2012
This toolkit offers a comprehensive set of resources to assist providers in managing heart failure (HF).

Last updated: September 10, 2014.