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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.
Daily Nurse Review of Key Health Indicators Reduces Inpatient and Emergency Department Use for Patients on Dialysis 2/12/2014
Nurses remotely monitor key indicators of end-stage renal disease patients and intervene as appropriate, leading to less inpatient and emergency department use and higher quality of life.
Hair Stylists Who Serve as Lay Health Educators Encourage Clients To Adopt Behaviors That Reduce Health Risks 2/12/2014
Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body is a salon-based campaign to educate African-American adults in urban areas of Michigan about how to reduce the risks of chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and hypertension.
Kidney Transplant Center Required Completion of Education Class Prior to Medical Assessment, Leading to More Patients Completing Evaluation 2/12/2014
A transplant center established a mandatory education session for newly referred patients, leading to a significant increase in the percentage of patients (particularly African Americans and people of lower socioeconomic status) completing the enrollment process.
Standardized Order Bundles and Ongoing Care Coordination Expedite Testing and Specialty Consults for Primary Care Patients With Common Conditions 10/23/2013
Primary care physicians order standardized bundles of tests and specialty referrals for common diagnoses, which are then managed by a care coordination team, resulting in expedited patient care and high physician satisfaction.
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Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) MDRD Calculator for Adults 3/12/2014
Providers can use this calculator to estimate kidney function in adults by measuring the glomerular filtration rate.
Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) Calculator for Children 1/15/2014
Providers can use this calculator to estimate kidney function in children by measuring the glomerular filtration rate.
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.
CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) In-Center Hemodialysis Survey and Reporting Kit 12/18/2013
The CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) In-Center Hemodialysis Survey and Reporting Kit contains survey instruments and the information needed to administer this survey to patients and to analyze and report the results.
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.
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Last updated: April 09, 2014.