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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Guide

This guide includes information that will assist you with completing advanced searches for your DNP project.

Key Organizations/Programs

  • AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) 

    The Innovations Exchange offers health professionals and researchers the opportunity to share, learn about, and ultimately adopt evidence-based innovations and tools suitable for a range of health care settings and populations.

  • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA) 

    Principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis.

  • CAQH (Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare)

    Nonprofit alliance of health plans and trade associations. Seeks industry collaboration on initiatives that simplify healthcare administration and promotes quality interactions between plans, providers and other stakeholders.

  • CHCF Improving Quality - (California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF)) 

    A variety of reports, webcasts, websites and other information that promote models of care aimed at producing a higher-quality, and lower-cost health care system in California.

  • Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) 

    Established by the Affordable Care Act, the Center for Innovation is a new engine for revitalizing and sustaining Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as well as for improving the health care system for all Americans. The Innovation Center tests innovative care and payment models and encourages widespread adoption of practices that deliver better health care at lower costs.

  • DRIVe (Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures) - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), HHS) 

    DRIVe is working to accelerate the development and availability of transformative technologies and approaches to protect Americans health security threats.

  • Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS) 

    Mission is to protect patients and healthcare personnel and promote safety, quality, and value in the healthcare delivery system by providing national leadership.

  • FDA's Sentinel Initiative - (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS) 

    Launched in May 2008 by FDA, the Sentinel Initiative aims to develop and implement a proactive system that will complement existing systems that the Agency has in place to track reports of adverse events linked to the use of its regulated products.

  • Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) - (American Hospital Association (AHA)) 

    Management research to provide operational advice on improving quality, reducing costs and eliminating disparities. Link to toolkits, resources, and reports.

  • - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS) 

    Resource to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.

  • Healthcare Quality: Measurement and Implications Series - (National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) USA, University of Maryland) 

    This online course consists of two modules which include an introduction to the terminology, the trends, the stakeholders and leadership, and the quality improvement programs at play in the current healthcare environment. These two modules represent 3.5 hours of certified continuing education.

  • Improvement Science Research Network

    A NIH-supported improvement research network. The ISRN's primary mission is to accelerate interprofessional improvement science in a systems context across multiple hospital sites.

  • Innovation in Medical Evidence Development and Surveillance (IMEDS)

    IMEDS serves to advance the science and tools necessary to support post-market evidence generation on regulated products and to facilitate utilization of a robust secondary electronic healthcare data platform for generating better evidence on regulated products in the post-market settings.

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

    IHI focuses on motivating and building the will for change; identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and health care professionals; and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations.

  • Integrating Quality Initiative - (Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)) 

    Integrating Quality (IQ) mission is to lead and support AAMC members in achieving safe, high-quality, high-value health care that is driven by continuous quality improvement implemented throughout inter-professional education and clinical practice.

  • Laboratory Quality Assurance and Standardization Programs - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS) 

    Given the importance of laboratory test results, the CDC has programs to help assure the quality of these data so patients and healthcare providers (as well as researchers and public health officials) can be confident that laboratory test results they receive are accurate.

  • Mathematica - Quality Measurement - (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.) 

    Mathematica develops, uses, and reports on measurement tools essential to understanding the performance of health care providers and organizations.

  • Medical Health Assessment Lab - (Health Assessment Lab (HAL)) 

    Not for profit organization dedicated to improving health and health care by promoting the science of outcomes measurement, and the development, evaluation, and distribution of standardized, high quality instruments that measure health and the outcomes of medical care.

  • Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)

    Established in 1997 by the merger of the Physician Payment Review Commission (PPRC) and the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPAC). Created by congressional mandate (Public Law 105-33), the 15-member nonpartisan Commission advises the Congress on Medicare Payment policies. MedPAC is also tasked with analyzing access to care, quality of care, and other issues affecting Medicare.

  • National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS) 

    NHSN is the nation's most widely used healthcare-associated infection tracking system. NHSN provides facilities, states, regions, and the nation with data needed to identify problem areas, measure progress of prevention efforts, and ultimately eliminate healthcare-associated infections. Site provides data, guidelines, and training support.

  • National Practitioner Data Banks - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS) 

    The Division of Practitioner Data Banks (DPDB) is responsible for the implementation of the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB). The NPDB and HIPDB are alert or flagging systems intended to facilitate a comprehensive review of the professional credentials of health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers

  • National Quality Forum (NQF)

    Not-for-profit membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting.

  • Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI)

    NHRI is a National Coalition of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives -- regionally-based, multi-stakeholder organizations that are working to improve the quality and value of health care delivery.

  • Nursing Quality - (American Nurses Association (ANA) USA) 

    Created by ANA to address patient safety and quality in nursing care and nurses' work lives.

  • PCORnet Commons - (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) USA) 

    The goal of the PCORnet Commons is to provide opportunities to increase collaboration, efficiency, and people-centeredness in clinical research. The Commons is a space to share resources, engage in dialogue, and learn from one another.

  • PROMIS - Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement System ® - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS) 

    Network of NIH-funded primary research sites and coordinating centers working collaboratively to develop a series of dynamic tools to reliably and validly measure patient-reported outcomes (PROs).

  • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) - (American Medical Association (AMA)) 

    Comprised of more than 170 national medical specialty societies, state medical societies, the American Board of Medical Specialties and member boards, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, health care professional organizations, federal agencies, individual members and others interested in improving the quality and efficiency of patient care, PCPI is committed to enhancing quality of care and patient safety by taking the lead in the development, testing, and maintenance of evidence-based clinical performance measures and measurement resources for physicians.

  • Physician Quality Reporting System - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) 

    The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) encourages professionals and group practices to report information on the quality of care to Medicare.

  • QI Quick Guide Tutorial - (Public Health Foundation (PHF)) 

    Tutorial to identify quality improvement (QI) tools and problem solving steps.

  • Quality of Care Center - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) 

    Link to various quality initiatives, projects, reports, patient assessment instruments, and contractors.

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Care Quality - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)) 

    The Health Care Quality Portfolio of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation remains active in the public reporting of quality and price information, which include our support of The Dartmouth Atlas, The Prometheus Payment Project, the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project, National Quality Forum and others.

  • The American Health Quality Association (AHQA)

    Represents Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and professionals working to improve the quality of health care in communities across America. QIOs share information about best practices with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, and others.

  • The Joint Commission (TJC)

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

  • The LeapFrog Group

    Voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert America's health industry that big leaps in health care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded.

  • URAC

    Independent, nonprofit organization known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and certification programs.

    Credit: U.S. National Library of Medicine, HSRIC: Quality

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