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Daily, Multidisciplinary Rounds and Evidence-Based Best Practices Decrease Nosocomial Infections and Costs in the Intensive Care Unit 7/30/2014
The combination of multidisciplinary, physician-led rounds and a set of evidence-based best practices (known as "bundles") decreased nosocomial infection rates and costs in the intensive care unit.
Disease Management Programs Improve Adherence to Evidence-Based Processes and Outcomes by Targeting Sickest Patients and Working Closely With Physicians 7/30/2014
A hospital-based outpatient disease management program serves patients with asthma, chronic heart failure, and diabetes and offers smoking cessation services to smokers. Unlike traditional disease management programs, this initiative heavily involves physicians in the initial referral and throughout the process and targets services toward the sickest patients (rather than to all patients with the condition).
Electronic Health Record–Facilitated Care Process Redesign Enhances Access to Care, Reduces Hospitalizations and Costs for Patients With Chronic Illnesses 7/30/2014
The Marshfield Clinic is using electronic tools to facilitate care process redesign for patients with chronic illnesses, leading to enhanced quality and access to care, fewer hospitalizations and adverse events, and lower costs.
Evidence-Based Bundle Increases Adherence to Recommended Practices, Leading to Fewer Central Line Infections and Lower Costs 7/30/2014
Implementation of an evidence-based bundle of interventions led to a 75 percent reduction in central line infections in four intensive care units, yielding annual cost avoidance of approximately $1 million.
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.
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2013 National Healthcare Disparities Report 7/30/2014
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.
2013 National Healthcare Quality Report 7/30/2014
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.

Alliance of Filipino-American Community Health Workers: Resource Library 7/16/2014
The resource library provided by The Alliance of Filipino-American Community Health Workers provides information to assist in many different areas of conducting a community health program.
Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 3—Hypertension Care 5/7/2014
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality sponsored a critical analysis of the existing literature on quality improvement (QI) strategies for hypertension care, to bring data to bear on QI opportunities. This report aims to help readers assess whether a QI strategy might work in their practice or patient population.
The Community Health Worker's Sourcebook: A Training Manual for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke 4/9/2014
This sourcebook serves as an instruction manual for training community health workers and as a reference and a resource for community health workers working with community members in preventing heart disease and stroke.

Last updated: July 30, 2014.