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Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD


The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) convened the Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development in 2012 to develop a set of competencies for undergraduate medical education and to provide a framework for implementing and assessing these resources. Committee members represent multiple disciplines, including nursing, medicine, psychology, and the basic sciences; and multiple levels of training, from student to established clinical or research faculty. Combined, they have decades of experience supporting and advocating for the best patient care for individuals who are LGBT, gender nonconforming, and/or born with DSD. The members of this committee further bring to the table their own experiences as patients, many having faced the same disparities addressed in this publication.
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Critical Conversations on the Changing Health Environment: Patient and Community Engagement


New models of care, new reimbursement systems, new technological developments and new metrics of success are pushing health care from the volume-based first curve to the value-based second curve. Hospitals and other health care organizations now have increased incentives and capabilities for population health medicine and community outreach. At the same time, patients and their families are becoming more active participants in their care — both as health care consumers weighing cost and convenience and as members of the health care team, playing a critical role in their own treatment. In this new environment, patient and community engagement become an integral part of the delivery of care. IN THE FALL OF 2015, the American Hospital Association (AHA) invited hospital and health system leaders in the Philadelphia and Atlanta metropolitan areas to join AHA executives in a Critical Conversation about patient engagement in a changing health care environment. Also attending were a selection of health care solution providers whose solutions have been exclusively endorsed by the AHA for proven excellence and contribution to hospital operations. AHA Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of the AHA, sponsored the two Critical Conversation events. This report includes some of the highlights from those discussions.
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Critical Conversations on the Changing Health Environment: Workforce Development


It’s no longer a question of whether or when health care will undergo transformation. It’s here. We’re in it. And nowhere is that more evident than in the human resources departments of hospitals across the country. IN JANUARY 2016, the American Hospital Association (AHA) invited human resources and talent professionals to participate in a Critical Conversation about workforce challenges, opportunities and innovations in today’s health care environment. Also participating were representatives of a selection of health care solution providers whose solutions have been exclusively endorsed by the AHA. This report is based on that conversation.
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Top 10 Benefits of ICD-10


Transitioning to ICD-10 won't be easy, but it may be worth the effort
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Balancing the Pros and Cons of Point-of-Care Testing


Use of point-of-care testing is on the rise. Patients love the convenience, but are there drawbacks?
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EHR Implementation: A Journey, Not a Destination


Implementing an EHR is a learning process and figuring out what works (or doesn’t) for staff members can take time.
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Report from the Field: Tips for Integrating Patient Education Materials into an Electronic Health Record


The purpose of giving patients visit summaries and patient education resources is to empower individuals to become full partners in their own care. Here's how some hospitals and health systems are achieving that Meaningful Use objective.
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Creating Successful Patient Engagement within Your ACO


Most of the decisions affecting patient health don’t take place in hospitals, the doctors’ offices, or urgent care clinics. They take place within patients’ lives—in their homes, workplaces, and schools; when they’re at the grocery store, the gym, or out at a restaurant. If the goal of accountable care organizations is to improve health outcomes, then providers need to work with patients and help them become active participants in their own health care. And that takes patient engagement.
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Revenue Cycle Management


From Medicaid expansion to the rise in value-based reimbursement and accountable care organizations (ACOs), healthcare organizations are dealing with many changes to the revenue cycle. This 18-page custom e-book explores how these changes affect workflow, staffing, information sharing, and-- most importantly-- the patient experience.
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Get The Facts: Asthma

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This fact sheet provides basic information about asthma, summarizes scientific research on the effectiveness and safety of complementary health practices for asthma, and suggests sources for additional information.
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