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Policy Insurer Provides Financial Incentives, Infrastructure, and Other Support To Stimulate Provider Participation in Quality Improvement Collaborations 8/27/2014
A large insurer offers financial incentives and other support to provider-led quality improvement collaborations, leading to high levels of provider participation, higher quality, lower costs, and a positive return on investment.
Surgical Hospitalist Model Enhances Access to Surgical Consultations, Increases Physician Perceptions of Quality at Academic Medical Center 8/27/2014
The surgical hospitalist model improves care and revenues for hospital-based emergency surgical care.
Alerts, Standing Orders, and Care Pathways Boost Quality of Care for Pneumonia, Heart Attack, and Heart Failure 8/13/2014
Reid Hospital created a computer-based system of alerts, standing orders, and care pathways to eliminate gaps in the care of patients with pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction, and heart failure, and to address surgical complication and infection prevention, leading to significant improvements in quality of care.
Shared Decision Making for Breast Cancer Patients Leads to High Levels of Patient Satisfaction, and Comfort With Decisions and Treatment Preferences 7/30/2014
Decision aids and one-on-one counseling sessions help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients evaluate their treatment options and preferences before the initial surgeon visit, leading to high levels of patient satisfaction and knowledge, less conflict about and greater comfort with decisions made, many changes in treatment preferences, and better patient–surgeon interactions.
Six-Sigma Inspired Workflow Redesign Leads to Better Adherence to Evidence-Based Protocols and Fewer Infections for Surgery Patients 7/30/2014
To reduce surgical site infections, Decatur Memorial Hospital used Six-Sigma techniques to review and standardize workflow processes for surgical patients throughout their hospital stay, with a focus on increasing adherence to evidence-based protocols related to antibiotics.
QualityTools
Quick Tips—When Planning for Surgery 10/9/2013
This tool presents 12 questions patients should ask their doctor before having surgery.
Women's Health Care in the United States: Selected Findings From the 2004 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, Fact Sheet 10/9/2013
Using selected measures from the National Healthcare Quality Report and the National Healthcare Disparities Report, this fact sheet describes disparities in the health care received by women.
Roadmaps for Clinical Practice Series: Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity Primer 5/8/2013
The Roadmaps for Clinical Practice Series: Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity Primer is designed to offer practical recommendations for addressing adult obesity in the primary care setting.
Nursing Assistant Ostomy Competency Tool 4/10/2013
This tool is used to rate nursing assistants on their performance of critical elements of care for patients with existing ostomies.
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early-Stage Breast Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Guideline Recommendations, Slide Set 4/10/2013
This slideshow summarizes the guideline recommendations developed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology on the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in early-stage breast cancer.
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Last updated: August 27, 2014.