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Policy Alliance Creates Community Health Workers’ Scope of Practice, Training Curriculum, Certificate Program, and Reimbursement Strategy, Expanding Their Integration Into the Health System to Reduce Health Disparities 7/30/2014
A statewide consortium of community health workers, public agencies, and nonprofits aimed to reduce health disparities by developing a standardized scope of practice, creating a training and certificate program and a stable funding strategy to secure reimbursement from Medicaid. Their work resulted in greater integration for these workers in the health care work force.
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Leads to Sustained Increases in Breastfeeding Among Low-Income Whites and Minorities 7/30/2014
Boston Medical Center adopted the Baby-Friendly™ Hospital Initiative, a 10-step program that has led to sustained increases in the initiation of breastfeeding.
Comprehensive, Multilingual Social Services Program Brings Valuable Support to the Elderly, Disabled, and Those With Limited English Proficiency 7/30/2014
Bi-Lingual International Assistant Services provides psychotherapy, counseling, social support, and citizenship assistance services to frail and disabled elderly who speak little or no English and have no other means of accessing such services.
Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring System Significantly Reduces Health Care–Associated Infections 7/30/2014
An electronic monitoring system confirms that providers conduct proper hand hygiene before patient contact, leading to a 61-percent decline in overall health care–associated infections and a 91-percent decline in non-Clostridium difficile infections.
Hospital Provides Non-English-Speaking Patients With Recording of Discharge Instructions in Native Language, Leading to Improved Comprehension and High Satisfaction 7/30/2014
A hospital makes a telephone-based recording of discharge instructions available to non–English-speaking and low-literacy patients in their native language, leading to improved comprehension of discharge instructions and high levels of patient/family satisfaction.
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2013 National Healthcare Disparities Report 7/30/2014
The purpose of the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) is to identify the differences or gaps through which some populations receive poor or worse care than others and to track how these gaps are changing over time.
2013 National Healthcare Quality Report 7/30/2014
The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the Nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.

Discharge Risk Assessment 7/30/2014
This risk assessment tool helps hospital discharge planners fully understand patient needs, thereby avoiding readmissions.
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.
Rural Assistance Center: Tools for Success 7/2/2014
The Rural Assistance Center provides access to resources that support grant writing, demonstrate program effectiveness, and show innovative program techniques being developed in other rural communities.

Last updated: July 30, 2014.