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Implementing Change in Long-Term Care: A Practical Guide to Transformation

April 20, 2009 - Implementing Change in Long-Term Care: A Practical Guide to Transformation is a manual for nursing home staff that offers evidence-based recommendations on preparing a nursing home to take the first steps toward clinical and cultural changes, as well as methods to implement and sustain those changes.

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A Guide to Developing State Child Health 'Improvement Partnerships'

February 24, 2009 - A new online guide from the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program provides state leaders in child health with step-by-step instructions to developing sustainable collaborations of public and private partners that are dedicated to improving the quality of children's health care.

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Strategies to Enhance Patient-Centered Communication

May 29, 2008 - Despite the value many family physicians place on communicating with their patients, patients' expectations are often not met in routine primary care visits.

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Collecting Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: A How-To Guide

January 14, 2008 - This toolkit provides comprehensive guidance to health plans, hospitals, and other health care providers on how to collect information about patients' race, ethnicity, and preferred language, and how to do so with efficiency and respect.

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Helping Pediatric Practices Implement Parental Depression Screening

April 19, 2007 - A new manual helps pediatric clinicians successfully screen parents for depression, discuss with them the impact depression can have on their children, and refer parents for counseling.

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Physician Pay-for-Performance in Medicaid: A Guide for States

April 11, 2007 - A new guide developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies offers actionable steps to help states design and implement physician-level pay-for-performance strategies.

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Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Medicaid Managed Care

January 26, 2007 - This toolkit, based on the experiences of a workgroup of Medicaid managed care organizations, provides strategies for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities.

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Improving Long-Term Care: A Toolkit for Citizen Advocates

January 26, 2007 - This toolkit is designed to support the efforts of long-term care advocacy groups--concerned citizens who work together to promote change in nursing home and other long-term care settings.

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Enhancing the Performance of Local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs: A Toolkit

December 4, 2006 - The Local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs toolkit is designed to help state and local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs improve their performance as advocates for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

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Making Safety Systematic: Dana-Farber's Patient Safety Rounds Toolkit

November 13, 2006 - A new toolkit can help hospitals and other health care organizations implement a patient safety program that takes a dual approach: dedicated staff members interview other clinical staff about potential safety issues, while volunteer former patients interview current patients to solicit their views on hospital safety.

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Linking Families Statewide with Community Resources: A Manual Based on Connecticut's Help Me Grow Program

September 27, 2006 - A new manual on the Fund Web site guides those interested in developing a statewide single-point-of-access system for young children at risk for developmental or behavioral problems.

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Web Site Educates Med Students About Health Policy

September 21, 2006 - Created by a group of medical students, the ImproveHealthCare.org Web site aims to inform the next generation of physicians about the major issues in health care today and their effects on the practice of medicine.

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Web Conference: The Science and Practice of Catching Problems Early

August 1, 2006 - In an archived Web conference, participants discuss strategies that clinicians can use to perform developmental surveillance and screening.

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Physicians Attest to Benefits of Quality Measurement and Improvement Tools

July 17, 2006 - A new DVD, "Putting Quality into Practice: Physicians in Their Own Voices," features the perspectives of physicians who have adopted quality measurement and improvement tools.

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A Practical Guide for Improving Child Developmental Services

May 8, 2006 - Step-by-step guidance to help pediatricians redesign their office systems to improve preventive and developmental services.

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