Case Managers Remotely Monitor Chronically Ill Medicare Beneficiaries Each Day, Reducing Mortality and Costs
Case managers remotely monitor Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions via a messaging device that asks and records answers to disease-specific and general health questions each day, leading to lower mortality and costs.
Community Referral Liaisons Help Patients Reduce Risky Health Behaviors, Leading to Improvements in Health Status
A community health educator referral liaison receives physician referrals of patients with risky health behaviors; the liaison links patients with community resources, offers counseling and encouragement over the telephone, and provides feedback to the physicians.
Comprehensive Program Focused on Culture Change, Education and Training, and Solicitation of Employee Ideas Significantly Reduces Incidence of Common Hospital-Acquired Infection
The Billings Clinic, an integrated health system in Billings, MT, addressed its rising rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections by making infection control a top institutional priority and by creating a comprehensive package that combines adoption and monitoring of strict infection control protocols, active surveillance, training and education, and the solicitation and implementation of employee ideas through an approach known as “positive deviance.” This term refers to the focus on uncommon strategies that lead to positive changes and results.
Daily Intensive Care Unit Team Communication Enhances Provider Understanding of Care Goals, Reduces Length of Stay
Intensive care unit clinicians developed a standardized communication process based on a daily goals form that prompts clinicians to evaluate and document the patient's current status, design a care plan, and outline daily tasks, thereby increasing clinician understanding of daily care goals.
Electronic Health Record–Facilitated Care Process Redesign Enhances Access to Care, Reduces Hospitalizations and Costs for Patients With Chronic Illnesses
The Marshfield Clinic is using electronic tools to facilitate care process redesign for patients with chronic illnesses, leading to enhanced quality and access to care, fewer hospitalizations and adverse events, and lower costs.
Intensive Care Unit Daily Goals Worksheet
The goal of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Daily Goals Worksheet is to reduce ICU length of stay and mortality while increasing the care team’s understanding of the daily goals for patients in the ICU.
Options for Large-Scale Spread of Simple, High-Impact Interventions: Technical Report
This report outlines what is known to be effective in the adoption and spread of high-impact interventions, presenting several illustrative approaches for spread and lessons learned from applying them.
Partnering in Self-Management Support: A Toolkit for Clinicians
This toolkit is intended to give busy clinical practices an introduction to a set of activities and changes that support patients and families in the day-to-day management of chronic conditions.
Quality Improvement Savings Tracker Worksheet
This worksheet can be used by health care organizations to track cost savings associated with waste reduction efforts and to adjust for annual changes.
Queueing ToolPak 4.0
The Queueing ToolPak (QTP) is a Microsoft Excel add-in that performs basic calculations for waiting time analysis.