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Hospital-Based Palliative Care Program Adds Comprehensive Outpatient Services, Leading to Better Access and High Patient and Provider Satisfaction 8/27/2014
A medical center added outpatient palliative services, including symptom management and holistic emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual care, to its comprehensive inpatient palliative care services, leading to improved access and high levels of patient, family, and provider satisfaction.
Integrated System Nearly Doubles Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Through Distribution of In-home Kit and Followup With Nonresponders 8/27/2014
An integrated health plan provider system sends every member due for colorectal cancer screening an in-home fecal immunochemical test kit and conducts various folllowups with those who do not return a completed specimen for processing; the program led to a near doubling of screening rates over a 5-year period.
Lay Health Advisors Help Urban American Indian Women Overcome Barriers to Breast Cancer Screening 8/27/2014
Using culturally competent and respectful methods of recruitment and advocacy, the Native Sisters program uses lay health advisers to provide American Indian women living in urban areas with breast cancer education, advocacy, and support, leading to enhanced access to screening services.
Community Cancer Coalition Employs Navigators Who Enhance Access to Free Colonoscopy Screening for Uninsured Rural Patients 8/13/2014
A community cancer coalition employs navigators who work with community health centers in rural areas to identify those in need of colorectal cancer screening via colonoscopy and facilitate access to such screening, leading to more referrals and screenings and to more cancers and precancerous polyps being detected and treated.
Policy Hospital-Affiliated Physician Group Offers Modest Performance-Based Incentives to Salaried Physicians, Leading to Sustained Improvement on Quality-Related Metrics 8/13/2014
A hospital-affiliated physician group offers modest performance-based incentives to salaried physicians, leading to sustained improvements in performance on a broad array of quality-related metrics.
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QualityTools
Radiation Therapy and You: Support for People With Cancer 8/27/2014
This guide provides facts about and side effects of radiation therapy and describes how patients can care for themselves during and after treatment.
Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer and the People Who Care About Them 8/27/2014
This tool for patients provides information about the psychological and social aspects of a cancer diagnosis.
The Pap Test: Questions and Answers 8/27/2014
This fact sheet addresses the importance of a Pap test and pelvic exam.
Understanding Prostate Changes: A Health Guide for Men 8/27/2014
This booklet for men can help answer questions about prostate changes that happen with age.
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.

Last updated: August 27, 2014.