Standardized care protocols can help reduce unwanted care variation and ensure high quality outcomes across an episode of care. This page provides a collection of implementation guidance and example protocols for specific conditions commonly managed in both acute and post-acute settings, including cardiovascular, neurological, orthopedic, and pulmonary.
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- TJA Care Pathway | This resource from Institute for Healthcare Improvement identifies steps to provide safe, efficient, and patient-centered care across an entire joint replacement episode.
- Joint Replacement and Spine Patient Navigation | This resources describes key duties patient navigators should play to direct patients throughout their acute care stay and coordinate post-discharge care.
- Build a Sustainable Outpatient Joint Replacement Program | Pages 11-15 identify two strategies to help home health providers play a role in building outpatient care pathways and coordinate care across the continuum.
- Resources for Predicting Discharge Disposition | This resource provides two tools that help predict post-acute discharge disposition for joint replacement patients.
- Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test | This tool provides caregivers guidance on how to administer a TUG test in order to help evaluate patients’ risk of falling and further manage patient care in the home setting.
- Spine Care Pathway-Tactical Guide | This pathway provides specific actions to strengthen each step of the care process as well as potential impacts from those actions.
- COPD Care Pathway | Page 12 of this resource offers COPD care pathways to improve home health and telemedicine support.
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