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Clinical Design

9 03, 2017

The 6:18 Initiative: Accelerating Evidence into Action

2017-03-14T10:37:14-04:00March 9th, 2017|

The 6:18 initiative targets 6 common and costly health conditions using 18 proven interventions.  6:18 is a national initiative of the CDC that can be implemented in every community and practice setting.  From the 6:18 website:

CDC is partnering with health care purchasers, payers, and providers to improve health and control health care costs. CDC provides these partners with rigorous evidence about high-burden health conditions and associated interventions to inform their decisions to have the greatest health and cost impact. This initiative offers proven interventions that prevent chronic and infectious diseases by increasing their coverage, access, utilization and quality. Additionally, it aligns evidence-based preventive practices with emerging value-based payment […]

8 11, 2016

Cervical Cancer Screening Ideas from the AHRQ Innovations Exchange

2016-12-20T16:35:26-05:00November 8th, 2016|

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9 08, 2016

Medication Reconciliation and Hospital Readmissions

2016-10-31T08:29:34-04:00August 9th, 2016|

There are a number of recent studies around medication reconciliation, particularly in the hospital setting, and whether interventions may effect readmissions as well as patient experience. We highlight three studies below which may provide insights and best practices for organizations considering a medication reconciliation program at their organization. All three studies demonstrated improved/enhanced patient experience. Two of the three studies demonstrated reductions in readmissions.


Cleveland Clinic Ask 3, Teach 3 Program

Abstract/Summary: At Cleveland Clinic Health System, several unit-based teams were already working to improve performance on the medication HCAHPS questions, but attempts were isolated and not coordinated well enough to share best practices throughout the organization. A multidisciplinary improvement […]

8 07, 2016

ICU Transfer Best Practices

2016-10-31T08:29:34-04:00July 8th, 2016|

There are a number of studies about transfer of patients from ICU to other areas of the hospital. Best practices about ICU transfer include Stepdown Units, discharge strategy checklists, and staffing strategies. We highlight a few key studies below which address best practices in ICU transfer.

The Role of Stepdown Beds in Hospital Care

Source: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (2014)

Abstract: Stepdown beds provide an intermediate level of care for patients with requirements somewhere between that of the general ward and the intensive care unit. Models of care include incorporation of stepdown beds into intensive care units, stand-alone units, or incorporation of beds into standard […]

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