Health Navigators Support Self-Management With Primary Care Patients, Leading to Improved Behaviors and Lower Utilization
Health navigators help primary care patients access medical and community resources, leading to significant improvements in health-related and self-management behaviors and health outcomes and to meaningful declines in emergency department and inpatient utilization.
Managed Care Organization and Visiting Nurse Association Offer Standardized Education to Elderly Heart Failure Patients, Improving Self-Management and Reducing Readmissions
Kaiser Permanente Colorado and the Visiting Nurse Association in Denver jointly offer intense, consistent education to elderly heart failure patients discharged from the hospital in need of home-based skilled nursing care, leading to improved knowledge and self-management skills and fewer readmissions.
Proactive Assessment and Management of At-Risk Patients Reduces Pressure Ulcers and Saves $11 Million Annually in Two-Hospital System
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.
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.
Clinical Microsystem Improvements in Children's Hospital Lead to Fewer Codes and More Timely Delivery of Essential Care
A children's hospital uses a clinical "microsystem" approach to improve patient safety and quality, leading to fewer codes and more timely care.
Queueing ToolPak 4.0
The Queueing ToolPak (QTP) is a Microsoft Excel add-in that performs basic calculations for waiting time analysis.
How To Improve
This guide from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement offers information and tools on quality improvement.
STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Materials
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.
Increasing Efficiency and Enhancing Value in Health Care: Ways to Achieve Savings in Operating Costs per Year
This white paper describes the concepts and steps necessary to systematically identify and eliminate waste at health care organizations while maintaining or improving quality.
Patient- and Family-Centered Care Organizational Self-Assessment Tool
This self-assessment tool, developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in conjunction with the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), allows organizations to understand the range and breadth of elements under patient- and family-centered care, and to assess where they are against the leading edge of practice.