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White Papers

The Qualis Health Regional Extension Center shares its expertise in an ongoing series of white papers on meaningful use topics. Many of the following papers have been downloaded thousands of times and some have been spotlighted in national industry publications.

Producing Accurate Clinical Quality Reports for Population Health: A Delivery System-Oriented Approach to Report Validation
This white paper addresses the need to develop accurate and valid data reports for both internal clinical quality improvement purposes and external public data reporting purposes. In it, we describe the foundational aspects of data reporting, including methodologies for generating reports and the purposes for which the data can be used. Then we lay out a process for identifying inclusion and exclusion errors that contribute to data report inaccuracy. We also provide tools to help you validate your own clinical quality reports.

Advancing Primary Care through the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model and Optimization of Health Information Technology
This white paper provides guidance to organizations engaged in the work of becoming a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) by showing how health information technology (health IT) can strengthen PCMH objectives using the framework of the eight change concepts. For each of the change concepts, we provide an overview of how health IT can be configured to best support front line care teams and their patients.

Integrating Clinical Decision Support Tools into Ambulatory Care Workflows for Improved Outcomes and Patient Safety
This white paper serves as a guide for clinicians wanting to maximize the efficiency of their Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tools. The paper discusses how CDS can be designed to organize, filter, and present useful information at the appropriate time for optimal cost containment and quality of care.

Standardizing the Problem List in the Ambulatory Electronic Health Record to Improve Patient Care
Maintaining an up-to-date problem list is a core element of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) definition of electronic health record (EHR) “meaningful use” because an accurate problem list is essential to providing better individual patient care across multiple care sites, and serves as a foundation for population management. See how this white paper can help you leverage the problem list for better patient care and much more.

EHR Implementation With Minimal Practice Disruption in Primary Care Settings
The featured paper explores such issues as the importance of a physician champion, workflow planning, training, and more.

Providing Clinical Summaries to Patients after Each Office Visit: A Technical Guide
This guide is designed to help eligible professionals and their organizations gain a better grasp of how to successfully meet the criteria of giving clinical summaries to patients after each office visit.

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