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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.
Crisis Management Simulation Course Receives Positive Reviews, Enhances Communication and Teamwork Among Labor and Delivery Practitioners During Crises 8/13/2014
Crisis Resource Management is a 7-hour course for labor and delivery practitioners that uses various strategies of crew resource management, a safety program developed by the aviation industry, to create realistic simulations designed to facilitate improvement of teamwork and communication skills in a real labor and delivery crisis.
Electronic Specialist Consultations Reduce Unnecessary Referrals and Wait Times for Specialty Appointments for Uninsured and Underinsured Patients 8/13/2014
A public health plan developed a Web-based software platform that enables primary care physicians in federally qualified health centers to consult electronically with "specialist reviewers" before referring the patient to a specialist, leading to fewer unnecessary referrals and shorter wait times for patients who need to see a specialist.
Health Coach Program in a Medical Group Improves Self-Care and Decreases Readmissions for High-Risk, Chronically Ill Patients 8/13/2014
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic assigned health coaches to high-risk chronic disease patients to provide instruction regarding health care needs over the phone, during office visits, and in group classes; the program reduced readmission rates and costs among elderly patients.
Health Plan Leadership Promotes Shared Decisionmaking Through Use of Decision Aids by Surgeons, Contributing To Lower Joint Replacement Rates and Overall Health Care Costs 8/13/2014
A health plan supports providers in orthopedic clinics in distributing decision aids to patients and using shared decisionmaking, contributing to reductions in joint replacement surgeries and overall health care costs.
QualityTools
Safety Net Medical Home Initiative: Resources and Tools 7/2/2014
This library of publicly available resources and tools can help safety net providers understand and implement the patient-centered medical home model of care.
Identifying Children and Families at Risk 3/26/2014
This Web page from the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program offers tools and resources to help States identify families and children at risk. 
STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Materials 12/18/2013
The STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Commonwealth Fund aims to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations. This Web site features guides, presentations, and other tools related to reducing readmissions.
Establishing a Child Health Improvement Partnership: A How-to Guide 6/5/2013
This guide attempts to share the best thinking and knowledge about what existing IPs have been able to accomplish.
ADOPT Toolkit 5/22/2013
This Web site, for health care providers, offers “how to” resources on using technology to assist care coordination and improve the independence of older adults.

Last updated: August 13, 2014.