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Integrated System Nearly Doubles Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Through Distribution of In-home Kit and Followup With Nonresponders 8/27/2014
An integrated health plan provider system sends every member due for colorectal cancer screening an in-home fecal immunochemical test kit and conducts various folllowups with those who do not return a completed specimen for processing; the program led to a near doubling of screening rates over a 5-year period.
Medical Team Training Using Crew Resource Management Principles Enhances Provider Communication and Stimulates Improvements in Patient Care 8/13/2014
A comprehensive medical team training program supported by crew resource management principles adopted from the aviation industry was developed and implemented in 79 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, resulting in a measurable improvement in communication and patient care in 10 participating facilities that have at least a year's experience with the program.
Evidence-Based Bundle Increases Adherence to Recommended Practices, Leading to Fewer Central Line Infections and Lower Costs 7/30/2014
Implementation of an evidence-based bundle of interventions led to a 75 percent reduction in central line infections in four intensive care units, yielding annual cost avoidance of approximately $1 million.
VA Patients Use Waiting Room Kiosk to Enter Medication List, Facilitating Reconciliation With Electronic Medical Record and Identifying More Discrepancies 7/30/2014
Clinic providers compare patients' self-reported medication lists (generated through an easy-to-use automated system featuring a computer kiosk and simple touchscreen interface) to medications listed in the electronic medical record, allowing them to adhere more closely to established medication reconciliation practices and to identify and address more medication discrepancies, including potentially lethal ones.
Neurologists Enhance Access to Specialty Care Through Virtual, In-Home Visits for Patients With Parkinson’s Disease, Generating High Levels of Satisfaction 7/2/2014
Neurologists with expertise in movement disorders enhance access to specialty care by offering virtual house calls to patients with Parkinson's disease, generating very high levels of patient satisfaction.
QualityTools
Quality Indicators in Epilepsy Treatment Tool 7/16/2014
The Quality Indicators in Epilepsy Treatment Tool (QUIET) is designed to help primary care and general neurology clinics benchmark the quality of care for adults with epilepsy.
Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) in Primary Care. Guideline Summary 5/7/2014
This 40-page guideline summary is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Diabetes Mellitus, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.
Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Diabetes Mellitus in Primary Care: Key Points Card 5/7/2014
This key points card is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Diabetes Mellitus, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. It provides recommendations for diabetes screening and for preventive care measures for people with diabetes mellitus.
Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Major Depressive Disorder in Adults: Inpatient Care Key Points Card 5/7/2014
This key points card on inpatient mental health care is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in Adults, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (VA/DoD).
Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS): Chronic Pain and Fatigue, Guideline Summary 5/7/2014
This 18-page guideline summary is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Medically Unexplained Symptoms: Chronic Pain and Fatigue, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.

Last updated: August 27, 2014.