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Proactive Office Encounter Systematically Identifies and Addresses Preventive and Chronic Care Needs at Every Primary Care and Specialty Visit 3/12/2014
Nurses and medical assistants use electronic tools and standardized workflows and processes before, during, and after the patient encounter to identify and address preventive, screening, and chronic care needs at every primary and specialty care visit, leading to greater adherence to recommended care processes and better blood pressure control in those with diabetes and hypertension.
Archived Counseling and Care Coordination for Patients With Advanced Illness Lead to More Patients Completing Advance Directives and Less Use of Inpatient Care 2/26/2014
Counseling and care coordination for patients with advanced illnesses improved patient–provider communication and the quality of medical care and decisionmaking support, leading to more patients completing advance directives and lower inpatient care requirements.
Community-Based Oncology Practice Redesigns Processes Based on Patient-Centered Medical Home Model To Enhance Access, Improve Quality, and Reduce Costs 2/12/2014
A community-based oncology practice's patient-centered medical home model features oncology-specific information technology, a standardized assessment, multidisciplinary care plan, patient navigators, telephone triage line, patient education and engagement, and ongoing performance monitoring, leading to improvements in access, quality, and costs.
Systematic Tracking and Analysis of Admissions for Chemotherapy Toxicity Inform Quality Improvement Efforts, Leading to Reduced Toxicity Risk 2/12/2014
A community cancer center identifies all patients hospitalized due to chemotherapy-related toxicity and enters data on such patients into a toxicity registry; analysis of registry data has stimulated quality improvement initiatives that have reduced admissions of nondiabetic multiple myeloma patients due to hyperglycemia and reduced the risk of treatment-related diarrhea in colorectal cancer patients.
Telephone-Based Care Management With Automated Symptom Monitoring Reduces Pain and Depression in Cancer Patients 2/12/2014
A combination of telephone-based nurse case management and automated symptom monitoring leads to significant reductions in the severity of pain and depression in cancer patients being treated in urban and rural oncology practices.
QualityTools
Cancer Care Patient Navigation Tools for Community Cancer Centers 4/9/2014
These tools can help community cancer centers establish a comprehensive patient navigation program.
Alaska Community Health Aide Program: Cancer Education Resources 1/29/2014
This Web page, developed by the Alaska Community Health Aide Program, provides cancer education resources for community health aides/practitioners, community health representatives, and other people interested in learning more about cancer. 
Chemotherapy and You: Support for People With Cancer 12/18/2013
This book is a guide patients can refer to throughout chemotherapy treatment. It includes facts about chemotherapy and its side effects and also highlights ways patients can care for themselves before, during, and after treatment.
2008 National Healthcare Quality Report 10/9/2013
The 2008 National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive overview of the quality of health care in the United States. The 2008 report focuses on the state of health care quality for a group of 45 core report measures that represent the most important and scientifically credible measures of quality for the Nation.
2009 National Healthcare Quality Report 10/9/2013
The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality for the Nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress.

Last updated: April 09, 2014.