As a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, HSAG is a centralized resource for knowledge and tools that help providers improve health quality, efficiency, and value. The materials provided below cover a wide range of quality improvement topics, from cardiovascular best practices to physician quality reporting system information. All are directed to providers interested in improving patient outcomes and in quality measure reporting to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Chartbook marks the 30th anniversary of the Heckler Report, the Health and Human Services report from its Task Force on Black and Minority Health. Progress in cardiac care is noted, but disparities remain, as with higher incidences of chronic disease, including hypertension and diabetes, as...
The American Heart Association (AHA) presents, as part of its professional education Spotlight Series, "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension: Beginning the Conversation." Using case studies, this webinar identifies opportunities where clinicians can provide better management of...
Electronic Health Record Resources and Promoting Interoperability
CMS provides a set of fact sheets and tutorials for every provider’s level of familiarity with EHR and PQRS, including beginners, intermediates, and advanced users at eHealth University, its learning portal. This introductory video explains CMS eHealth and its eHealth University.
The American Pharmacists Association issued a comprehensive article on how hospital pharmacists can use data to improve care featuring tangible examples.
General Quality Payment Program Tools and Resources
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has assembled an array of resources concerning the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Education, MACRA news, implementation resources, and advocacy articles are presented at the ACP MACRA/Quality Payment Program webpage.
Watch this 90-minute webinar on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP). Our guest speaker is Dr. Ashby Wolfe, Chief Medical Officer from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Region 9. After viewing this webinar, participants will be...
The American Academy of Family Physicians released its online mapping tool that permits members to review vaccine coverage and exemptions by state, serving to help physicians better advocate for immunizations in their community.
Three times per year ACIP meets to review scientific data and vote on vaccine recommendations. All ACIP meetings are open to the public and are available via live webcast.
Learning and Action Networks
The Quality Improvement Organization program explains what a Learning and Action Network is, how powerful this framework is, and how individuals may take part.
Million Hearts® / Cardiovascular Health Improvement
The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) released its 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults.
A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine (March/April 2017) found that automated office blood pressure monitoring for 30 minutes in the clinic may dramatically lower the risk of for “white-coat” hypertension and related overtreatment of patients. Read more at the journal article.
Written by an internal medicine physician, this short list is practical in its approach to offer advice on improving patient satisfaction. From spending time with doctors/nurses to being clear about wait times, this is what could be characterized as low-hanging fruit for high impact targeting.
This article simplifies the large and small items that hospitals should concentrate on when improving the patient experience. One of the more compelling advisories is to “experience your care as patients do.” Everything from signage to parking and filling out forms becomes an eye-opener when seen from that vantage point.
Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allows qualified providers to share or sell analyses of Medicare and private claims data to support improved delivery of healthcare, as reported by Healthcare News IT.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force offers a series of materials to help providers increase disease prevention for adults.
Quality Improvement Tools
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) has created a state-by-state map to locate your state’s association contact details.
This is a recorded webinar hosted by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, featuring three topics, including a how-to on using reminders for people with type 2 diabetes. This presentation spans 1.5 hours.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is developing a comprehensive tobacco and nicotine prevention and control program that will encompass new office-based tools, community programs and advocacy at the national and community levels. The Academy will focus on promoting Tar Wars to more family medicine residents, family medicine interest groups and medical students to present the program in their communities. Tar Wars educational materials will be available online, as well.
The American Academy of Family Physicians has developed its "Ask and Act" tobacco cessation program to encourage family physicians to ask all patients about tobacco use and to help them quit. Interventions, group visit tools, pharmacological guides, and more are provided.
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