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Ensuring Safe Transitions from Hospital to Home Challenge

The care transitions challenge aims to stimulate the use of simple, information technology-enabled processes and tools to make transitions easier and safer for patients, caregivers and providers, particularly when a patient is discharged from a hospital. The first health IT challenge, Ensuring Safe Transitions from Hospital to Home, called upon developers to create a web-based application that could empower patients and caregivers to better navigate and manage a transition from a hospital.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53037

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Americans Living with Disabilities and their Technology Profile

This study found that Americans living with disabilities were less likely to use the Internet than other adults, with only 44 percent of those with a disability using the Internet. In comparison, 81 percent of adults without a disability used the Internet on a regular basis. The primary reasons responders cited for low Internet use were lack of accessibility and proper accommodations to meet their needs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52894

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Overview Of The Consumer Direction Module

This is a presentation, from the 2007 Government & Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent Workshop. An overview of the Consumer Direction Module, a web-based software application for supporting the delivery of self-directed services, is provided here. The CDM is designed to make communication among the program participant, support broker, Fiscal/Employer Agent and state administrator simple and efficient; permit ongoing, timely, and efficient monitoring; and enhance the delivery of self-directed services.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52225

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Workforce3 Website - New Disability And Employment Resource

Workforce3 One, an online resource sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, has a new Disability and Employment Resource Page to provide employment-related resources for the workforce system. This page outlines promising practices and expands the capacity of the One-Stop Career Center system to serve customers disabilities. The resource page includes videos and podcasts, toolkits and training materials, promising practices, and other materials.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52099

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Promising Practices In Home And Community-Based Services: Lessons Learned from Using a Health Information Technology Program that Combines Claims-Level Data with Service-Level Data

Outcome data in the treatment of mental health and substance use are scarce, making quality improvement difficult. This report describes how Medicaid claims data can be combined with service-level data to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of services provided in community mental health centers (CMHCs). It describes how CMHCs in three States have used a particular system, Service Process Quality Management (SPQM), to improve quality and achieve cost savings.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52025

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Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)- Alerting the Whole Community: Removing Barriers to Alerting Accessibility

IPAWS is a modernization and integration of the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure. This paper serves to demonstrate how IPAWS addresses the challenges of reaching the whole community, including the 25% of our population who might need assistance. It offers evidence that while IPAWS doesn't solve all of the challenges, it can certainly mitigate them, particularly with greater stakeholder engagement and public awareness. Emerging technologies that could improve accessibility are reviewed.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51983

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National Disability Policy: A Progress Report

The National Council on Disability is required by law to annually submit a report on the status of the nation in achieving policies that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities and empower them to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society. The 2009 report focuses on current quality of life indicators and emerging trends that should be factored into future policies and programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51909

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Developing and Implementing Self-Direction Programs and Policies: A Handbook

The Handbook was developed to provide state staff, policymakers, service providers, program participants, and other stakeholders with a comprehensive source of information about participant direction programs and policies. Its primary purpose is to explain how States can increase program participants’ choice of and control over their services and supports. In addition to providing detailed information, the Handbook also provides links to additional web resources on the selected topics.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51890

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Michigan TeleWork Loan Fund

Here is an example of alternative funding of assistive technology to support employment. The fund is available through United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan and provides low interest loans for people with disabilities to purchase equipment that enables them to work from home. Examples of items and services that qualify for financing include computers and hardware, office furniture and equipment, home modifications, telecommunications systems, user training and maintenance.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51811

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