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Algorithm Enhances Provision of Preventive Treatment to At-Risk Inpatients, Reducing Incidence of Venous Thromboembolism 4/23/2014
Providers use a computerized algorithm to classify inpatients as low, moderate, or high risk, and then prescribe anticoagulant (blood thinner) medication and/or mechanical devices as appropriate, leading to reduced incidence of venous thromboembolism.
Care Management Protocols and User-Friendly Forms Embedded in Electronic Medical Record Improve Documentation, Coding Accuracy, and Readability of Visit Notes 4/23/2014
Protocol-based care management tools and simplified documentation forms embedded in the electronic medical record improve documentation, the readability of notes, and coding accuracy in military health care facilities.
Case Management and Home Assessments Reduce Asthma-Related Admissions, Emergency Visits, and Missed School Days in Diverse Urban Children 4/23/2014
Case management combined with in-home environmental assessment and remediation of environmental triggers reduce asthma-related hospitalizations, emergency department visits, missed school days, and missed parent work days in diverse, low-income urban children with asthma.
Medicaid Managed Care Plan Provides Reports, Guidelines, and Education Materials to Physicians, Reducing Inappropriate Prescribing of Antibiotics to Children and Adolescents 4/23/2014
As part of a collaborative, a California health plan provides quarterly provider performance reports, educational materials, and other support to physicians and parents, leading to a reduction in inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics to children, adolescents, and adults with an upper respiratory infection or acute bronchitis enrolled in the insurer's Medi-Cal managed care plan.
Archived System-Wide Quality Improvement Infrastructure Facilitates Adoption of Best Practices and Leads to Better Outcomes 4/23/2014
New health system–wide infrastructure facilitates better adherence to recommended practices, lower mortality, and the virtual elimination of code blues.
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Asthma Return-on-Investment Calculator 4/9/2014
The Asthma Return-on-Investment (ROI) Calculator is a tool for exploring potential financial returns from quality improvement and disease management programs for populations diagnosed with asthma.
Implementing High Quality Telephone Care in Pediatric Practice 2/12/2014
This presentation provides pediatricians and their staff with information about the use of telephone care in pediatric practice, citing examples for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma.
30 Safe Practices for Better Health Care. Fact Sheet 12/18/2013
The National Quality Forum has identified 30 safe practices that, evidence shows, can work to reduce or prevent adverse events and medication errors. These practices can be universally adopted by all health care settings to reduce the risk of harm to patients.
Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care 12/18/2013
This fact sheet addresses how the differences in the health care that people receive contribute to disparities in health, and what strategies can overcome these differences in care.
Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action 12/18/2013
This 151-page resource guide was developed as a learning tool for State officials who want to improve the quality of health care for people with asthma in their States. The guide is designed to help officials assess quality of care, using State-level data, and fashion quality improvement strategies suited to State conditions.

Last updated: April 23, 2014.