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For useful tools and resources on a variety of topics and projects, visit TMF’s Resource Center.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Sites and Related Information

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Home Health Page 

Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum
This forum addresses the concerns of three unique health care areas within the Medicare & Medicaid programs.

Medicare and Home Health Care (from Elder Care Online)
Describes Medicare's basic home health benefits and provides additional sources of information and help.

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
Advises the US Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program.

COPD

American Academy of Family Physicians
Site features a wide range of conditions including COPD.

American Lung Association
The American Lung Association has a wide range of information related to lung disorders. The COPD web page covers Living with COPD, Connect with Others, Take Action (advocacy) and In-Depth Resources.

American Thoracic Society: COPD Guidelines download
COPD guidelines for health professionals as well as materials for patients and their families.

COPD International
Provides information and support to persons with COPD.

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease
This website promotes public awareness and prevention strategies for COPD.

Medline Plus
MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information on various topics including COPD

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
The site provides consumer information including COPD, a COPD Data Fact Sheet (PDF document) and other information.

Pain Management

American Academy of Family Physicians
Site features a wide range of conditions including COPD.

American Geriatrics Society
The AGS and this website are devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

American Chronic Pain Association
Pain management guidelines.

American Medical Directors Association
Pain management articles, tools, resources and related links.

Professional Associations

American Cancer Society

American Chronic Pain Association

American Diabetes Association

American Geriatrics Society

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

American Medical Directors Association

American Medical Association

American Pain Society

Council on Family Health’s site on OTC Medication Safety

Community Health Accreditation Program

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Improving Chronic Illness Care

JAMA

JCAHO - The Joint Commission
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

National Association for Healthcare Quality

National Cancer Institute

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Emphysema Foundation
The mission is to improve the quality of life for patients with emphysema, chronic obstructive lung disease, asthma and related lung diseases with information and education for families.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Spanish-language information is also available on site.

National Institute on Aging

National Patient Safety Foundation

National Stroke Association

Pain Foundation

Partners Against Pain

The Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHC&H)
This nonprofit association promotes quality and economic viability of licensed providers of home and community support services in Texas.

The Texas Hospital Home Health Association (THHHA)
Addresses the special issues, needs, and concerns affecting a hospital home health program’s ability to provide home health care services in its community.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
A professional society promoting expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence.

Quality Improvement

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality—the lead Federal agency for research on health care quality, costs, outcomes and patient safety.

AHRQ Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
The Center focuses on research, education and training to improve the quality and safety for patients. The Center operates under the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an agency under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Home Care Medications Management Model Project

Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign for Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations (HHQI)

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

LEAN Enterprise Institute
LEAN methods and tools for quality improvement.

“Microsystems in Healthcare”
A series of six articles published in the Joint Commission Journal of Quality Improvement focusing on quality improvement achieved in different health care settings.

Speak Up Program from The Joint Commission
This national campaign urges patients to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved and informed participants on the health care team.

Texas Department of Aging and Disability

DADS Provider Letters

State and Federal Statutes and Rules (DADS)

Sign-up for E-mail Updates from DADS

Transitions of Care

The Care Transitions Program led by Dr. Eric Coleman

National Transitions of Care Coalition  (NTCC)

Wound Treatment

AHRQ National Guideline Clearinghouse
Guidelines for management of wounds in patients with lower-extremity arterial disease.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
A professional society promoting expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence.

Other Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Health Statistics

The Commonwealth Fund
A private foundation working toward a high performance health system.

Drugwatch.com
An awareness group that aims to educate the public about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and medical devices that have the potential to cause patients harm.

The Guide for Developing a Community-Based Patient Safety Advisory Council
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has developed a new guide for hospital leaders and others who want to learn how to get patients and families to partner with healthcare providers on community-based patient safety advisory councils.

Health Belief Model (University of Twente, Netherlands)

Mayo Clinic: Alzheimer's Disease
General overview information on Alzheimer’s including signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications and treatment.

Medscape Nurses Offers FREE CE Credits for Nurses
By reading these specially designated news articles, you can earn American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) contact hours each week.

Project RED: Re-Engineering Discharge
This project re-engineers the workflow process and improves patient safety. The "Re-engineered Hospital Discharge" (Project RED) intervention provides a set of 11 discrete, mutually reinforcing components provided by a Discharge Advocate and re-enforced by a telephone call after discharge by a clinical pharmacist. 
 
Rebuilding Chronic Care: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Self-Management: Motivate Healthy Habits

Stanford Patient Education Research Center