Professional Resources

New PCPCC Report
The Patient Centered Primary Collaborative has release a report titled, “Benefits of Implementing the PCMH.” This report provides a summary of new and updated results from PCMH initiatives from the past two years and defines the features of a PCMH by providing data to demonstrate how each feature of a PCMH contributes to lower costs, improved care and better health outcomes.

Diversity & Disparities: A Benchmark Study on U.S. Hospitals

MI and National Behavioral Risk Factor Surveys
The annual Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveys (MiBRFS) is the only source of state-specific, population-based estimates of the prevalence of various behaviors, medical conditions, and preventive health care practices among Michigan adults age 18 and older. The national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) consists of annual surveys (i.e., BRFS) conducted independently by the states, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, and is coordinated through cooperative agreements with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Here are the links for the two surveys:
National BRFSS:

Report - Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
In 2002, the institute published the landmark report, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. This report defined health care disparities as "racial or ethnic differences in the quality of healthcare that are not due to access-related factors or clinical needs, preferences, and appropriateness of intervention." This report cited a “consistent body of research” showing that racial and ethnic minorities were less likely to receive even routine medical procedures and was far more likely to experience lower-quality health services than whites. The report also cited evidence that health care providers frequently stereotyped minorities, held biases against treating them, or displayed uncertainty in how to treat them effectively.

National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)
Check out the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) updated 2012 Diabetes Numbers At-a-Glance pocket guide for health care professionals. Based on the American Diabetes Association's clinical practice recommendations, this handy pocket guide provides a list of current recommendations to diagnose and manage prediabetes and diabetes. To view the guide: and for order information please visit

Patient-Centered Medical Homes:
A New Era in Primary Care
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is an important strategy within larger efforts to revamp the way care is delivered and paid for. By centering an individual’s health care experience around strong primary care, PCMH seeks to bring order to a health care system that is dangerously fragmented. This Action Brief outlines the scope and impact of PCMH as well as how health plans are supporting the transformation based on data from eValue8TM—a resource used by purchasers to track health plan performance. Also provided are actions employers can take to play an important role in the prevalence and strength of PCMH. To access the Action Brief, click here.

Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, 2012
The Commonwealth Fund's Rising to the Challenge: Results from a Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, 2012 measures how 306 local U.S. areas are doing on key health care indicators such as insurance coverage, preventive care, mortality rates, potentially avoidable hospital use, and costs. An interactive map accompanying the report allows comparison of cities and communities across the U.S.

Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC)
Founded in 1993, PCDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding and transforming primary care in underserved communities to improve health outcomes, lower health costs and reduce disparities. From Financial Content– “PCDC Releases Free “How To” Guide for Primary Care Practices to Lead Clinical Quality Improvement Initiatives”:

This is an interactive website from The Commonwealth Fund that compares hospital performance on measures of evidence-based care, patient experience, readmission and mortality rates and costs.  It includes interactive maps with rates by county, case studies and tools for improving quality of care.

2010 State Snapshots from AHRQ

The State Snapshots provide State-specific health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. The goal is to help State officials and their public- and private-sector partners better understand health care quality and disparities in their State.  The snapshots allow you to compare the quality of Michigan’s health care against national rates or best performing States on the following measures:
• Overall health care quality
• Types of care (preventive, acute, and chronic)
• Settings of care (hospitals, ambulatory care, nursing home, and home health)
• Five clinical conditions (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, maternal and child health, and respiratory diseases)
• Special focus areas on diabetes, asthma, Healthy People 2010, clinical preventive services, disparities, payer, and variation over time
For more information, including the 2010 State Snapshots, visit

County Health Rankings
This interactive on-line report, prepared by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) is the first project to rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states.

Communication Toolkit
Collection of communication materials for employees that employers can easily customize to explain what quality health care is and how to get it

National Resource Center for Academic Detailing

The National Resource Center for Academic Detailing's (NaRCAD) goal is to promote the use of evidence-based medicine by supporting programs of academic detailing. The initiative is supported by an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grant.

Michigan Health and Wellness Dashboard
The Michigan Health and Wellness Dashboard was implemented by Governor Rick Snyder to provide a quick assessment of the state's performance in health and education.,4624,7-256-59026---,00.html

Association of Academic Health Centers' Online Toolkit
The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) developed this online toolkit to help leaders in health care recognize the health impact of factors such as education, income, and housing, and take action to address them. AAHC is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the nation's health and well-being through vigorous leadership of the nation's academic health centers.

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