Accountable Care Organization Featuring Shared Global Risk Stimulates Development of Initiatives To Improve Care, Reduces Inpatient Use and Costs
Partners in an accountable care organization share risk via an annual global budget and implement initiatives to improve efficiency and quality, leading to reductions in hospital use and overall health care costs.
Collaborative Supports Hospitals in Sharing and Implementing Best Practices, Leading to 33-Percent Decline in Urinary Tract Infections
A 1-year collaborative program; in which 21 Pennsylvania hospitals set target goals for urinary tract infection prevention, developed strategies to meet these goals, and shared best practices, tools, and resources; led to a 32-percent decline in hospital-acquired urinary tract infections.
Counseling and Care Coordination for Patients With Advanced Illness Lead to More Patients Completing Advance Directives and Less Use of Inpatient Care
Counseling and care coordination for patients with advanced illnesses improved patient–provider communication and the quality of medical care and decisionmaking support, leading to more patients completing advance directives and lower inpatient care requirements.
Engaging Patients as Observers Represents Low-Cost, Accurate Way to Monitor and Improve Hand Hygiene in Outpatient Settings
Using patients to observe the hand hygiene habits of providers in outpatient clinics proves to be a low-cost, accurate way to monitor and improve adherence to recommended guidelines.
Hair Stylists Who Serve as Lay Health Educators Encourage Clients To Adopt Behaviors That Reduce Health Risks
Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body™ is a salon-based campaign to educate African-American adults in urban areas of Michigan about how to reduce the risks of chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and hypertension.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Resources on Meaningful Use
The American Academy of Pediatrics developed these resources to guide pediatricians and their practices in achieving "meaningful use."
Safe Critical Care Project: Testing Improvement Strategies
This toolkit focuses on two interventions to improve critical care—reduction of catheter-related bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia.
Beacon Patient-Reported Outcome Quality-of-Life Tool
This assessment tool helps in identifying and addressing diabetes patients' biggest quality-of-life concerns.
ASCO/CAP Guideline Recommendations for HER2 Testing in Breast Cancer: Reporting Elements for IHC and FISH
This tool from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and College of American Pathologists (CAP) lists all the elements that should be reported in each HER2 (Human epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2) status report.
I Have Diabetes. . . What Can I Do to Stay Healthy?
This fact sheet provides information to help patients with diabetes manage their condition and stay healthy.