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Group Visits Expand Capacity to Serve Dementia Patients and Caregivers, Result in High Levels of Patient and Provider Satisfaction 7/16/2014
Group visits allow substantially more patients with dementia to be served with only a modest increase in clinician time, leading to high levels of patient, caregiver, and provider satisfaction.
Low Overhead Clinic Extends Access to Affordable, Culturally Competent Conventional and Alternative Medicine for Uninsured and Underinsured 7/16/2014
A low-overhead clinic enhances access to a broad array of culturally competent, low-cost conventional and alternative medicine services for underinsured, uninsured, and immigrant populations.
Proactive Assessment and Management of At-Risk Patients Reduces Pressure Ulcers and Saves $11 Million Annually in Two-Hospital System 7/16/2014
The NCH Healthcare System's multifaceted program to prevent pressure ulcers in high-risk patients dramatically reduced their prevalence and saved the system more than $11 million annually.
Skin Assessments Conducted as Part of Patient Intake Improve Documentation of Pressure Ulcers on Admission, Reduce Incidence During Stay 7/16/2014
Nurses perform a baseline skin assessment on every newly admitted patient, leading to improvements in the identification and documentation of pressure ulcers on admission and to lower incidence of pressure ulcers.
Standardized Tools and Protocols Increase Provision of Recommended Care in Key Clinical Areas, Reducing Hospital Mortality 7/16/2014
A hospital implemented new processes to increase the provision of recommended care for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia, and surgery patients, leading to significant improvements in quality and a 25 percent reduction in mortality.
QualityTools
Payment Adjustments Tool For eHealth Programs 7/16/2014
This interactive tool helps practitioners determine their payment adjustments and reimbursements for each of the Medicare incentive programs.
Risk Management and Quality in Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS): Individual Risk Planning and Prevention, System-wide Quality Improvement 5/7/2014
This report explores the topic of effective individual risk management in community-based services among States engaged in risk planning for Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) waiver participants.
Hospital Compare 4/9/2014
This tool provides patients with information on how well the hospitals in their area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions, such as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, or surgical infection prevention.
Medicare Plan Finder 2/26/2014
This database enables users to view and print a personalized chart comparing Medicare health plans in their area and provides information about the various types of Medicare plans.
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: July 16, 2014.