The Partnership for Patients initiative is a public-private partnership working to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans, including resources, measures, and reports on reducing the rate of hospital-acquired conditions.
How can physicians and patients have the important conversations necessary to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time? Choosing Wisely® aims to answer that question.
An initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, Choosing Wisely is focused on encouraging physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm. http://choosingwisely.org/. For a list of tests and treatments that patients and physicians should discuss, please visit http://choosingwisely.org/?page_id=13
Hospital Market Concentration and Prices
This November 2011 article based on a 2011 study by James C. Robinson, PhD, examines the relationship between hospital market conecentration and higher prices and profits.
Literacy Assessment Instruments
The following site from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill includes links to obtain copies of 12 different tools to assess patient Health Literacy, including: ABLE Adult Basic Learning Examination), LAD (Literacy Assessment for Diabetes), NVS (Newest Vital Sign), NLS (Nutritional Literacy Scale), REALM (Rapid Estimates of Adult Literacy in Medicine), SAHLSA (Short Assessment for Health Literacy for Spanish-speaking Adults), SILS (Single Item Literacy Screener), Slosson Oral Reading Test, TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education), TOFHLA (Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults), and WRAT (Wide Range Achievement Test).
Health Literacy Training for Professionals
The following links offer training and information for health professionals to help them better understand how to meet the needs of patients with health literacy needs:
County Health Rankings
Where we live, learn, work and play matters to our health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute have unveiled the second annual County Health Rankings. Nearly every county in the country is ranked on health outcomes (how healthy we are) and on health factors (how healthy we can be). This information helps counties see where they are doing well and where they are not, so they can make changes to improve health. Visit www.countyhealthrankings.org
Algorithm for Treating Hypertension in Diabetes (PDF)
Developed as part of a GDAHC Pilot project in 2007
Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition
A partnership of like-minded individuals and representatives of organizations who work to reduce the impact of diabetes in Michigan.
The Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium
Includes guidelines endorsed by all of Michigan’s health plans and tools for physicians, such as an asthma action plan, diabetes checklist, depression screening tool and many others
CDC Report: Promoting Preventive Services
Centers for Disease Control Report: Promoting Preventive Services for Adults Ages 50-64. This innovative resource identifies a set of recommended preventive services, provides indicators and data at national, state and selected local levels with which to monitor progress, and promotes successful strategies to facilitate adoption and use. The interactive report allows users to compare performance on specific indicators to other communities and includes "Data for Action," such as expert panel recommendations and links to related programs and resources.
Re-Engineered Discharge (RED)
Researchers at the Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) developed and tested the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED). Research showed that the RED was effective at reducing readmissions and posthospital emergency department (ED) visits. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality contracted with BUMC to develop this toolkit to assist hospitals, particularly those that serve diverse populations, to replicate the RED.
Informed Medical Decisions Foundation
The mission of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation is to inform and amplify the patient's voice in health care decisions. Their website provides resources for patients and providers that support this mission.