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Having access to health care will only improve health if the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and timely. Poor quality care can be costly for health and expenditures. Spending more on health care may reduce investments in other areas which affect health, such as wages and education. Quality health care in all settings can affect health outcomes for a variety of conditions and diseases.

Reviewed quality of care policies and programs are listed below. Click on column headings to sort by approach, policy or program, evidence rating, or decision maker. Click on Policy or Program name for more information.

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2 2 1 Quality of Care Increase coordination of care Medical homes
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 1 Quality of Care Increase coordination of care Chronic disease management programs
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 1 Quality of Care Increase coordination of care Behavioral health primary care integration
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 1 Quality of Care Increase coordination of care Quality improvement practice coaches for primary care
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 1 Quality of Care Increase coordination of care Integrated long-term care for community-dwelling frail elders
Some Evidence
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2 2 1 Quality of Care Increase coordination of care Case-managed care for community-dwelling frail elders
Some Evidence
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2 2 1 Quality of Care Increase coordination of care Electronic health information exchange
Some Evidence
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2 2 1 Quality of Care Increase coordination of care Green House homes
Some Evidence
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2 2 2 Quality of Care Improve patient safety Multi-component fall prevention interventions for older adults
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 2 Quality of Care Improve patient safety Risk assessments & personalized approaches to fall prevention among older adults
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 2 Quality of Care Improve patient safety Chronic disease self-management (CDSM) programs
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 2 Quality of Care Improve patient safety Computerized clinical decision support systems (CDSS)
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 2 Quality of Care Improve patient safety Computerized provider order entry (CPOE)
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 2 Quality of Care Improve patient safety Patient safety checklists
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 2 Quality of Care Improve patient safety Routinely screen & culture high-risk patients for MRSA
Some Evidence
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2 2 2 Quality of Care Improve patient safety State-level minimum nurse staffing requirements for nursing homes
Expert Opinion
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2 2 2 Quality of Care Improve patient safety Public reporting of health care-associated infections
Expert Opinion
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2 2 2 Quality of Care Improve patient safety Hospital wristband color standardization
Insufficient Evidence
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2 2 2 Quality of Care Improve patient safety No reimbursement for hospital medical errors
Insufficient Evidence
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2 2 3 Quality of Care Provide culturally competent care Culturally adapted health care
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 3 Quality of Care Provide culturally competent care Cultural competence training for health care professionals
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 3 Quality of Care Provide culturally competent care Professionally trained medical interpreters
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 3 Quality of Care Provide culturally competent care Patient navigators
Scientifically Supported
            x x x
2 2 4 Quality of Care Increase patient engagement Health literacy interventions
Some Evidence
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2 2 4 Quality of Care Increase patient engagement Consumer participation in health care governance
Expert Opinion
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2 2 5 Quality of Care Reduce unnecessary spending & overtreatment Value-based insurance design
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 5 Quality of Care Reduce unnecessary spending & overtreatment Patient financial incentives for preventive care
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 5 Quality of Care Reduce unnecessary spending & overtreatment Patient shared decision making
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 5 Quality of Care Reduce unnecessary spending & overtreatment Value-based purchasing (VBP)
Some Evidence
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2 2 5 Quality of Care Reduce unnecessary spending & overtreatment Price transparency initiatives for patients
Some Evidence
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2 2 5 Quality of Care Reduce unnecessary spending & overtreatment Consumer-directed health plans
Mixed Evidence
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2 2 5 Quality of Care Reduce unnecessary spending & overtreatment Tiered drug formularies
Mixed Evidence
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2 2 6 Quality of Care Improve quality of care Nurse practitioner scope of practice
Scientifically Supported
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2 2 6 Quality of Care Improve quality of care Public reporting of health care quality performance
Some Evidence
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2 2 6 Quality of Care Improve quality of care Nurse-friendly work environments
Expert Opinion
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2 2 6 Quality of Care Improve quality of care Trauma-informed health care
Expert Opinion
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