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NICHQ News - October 2013
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Monthly QI Quiz
What is the typical lifecycle of an improvement project?
A. Innovation, Pilot, Implementation, Spread
B. Pilot, Implementation, Innovation, Spread
C. Innovation, Implementation, Pilot, Spread
D. Spread, Implementation, Pilot, Innovation
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Congratulations to the Medical University of South Carolina, the first of NICHQ’s Best Fed Beginnings teams to receive Baby-Friendly designation. The designation is granted to facilities that adhere to the evidence-based Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Featured Toolkit

Caring for Children with ADHD: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians

Check out two toolkits that help pediatric clinicians implement the AAP’s recommendations for care of patients with ADHD.

> Don’t miss NICHQ CEO Charlie Homer share his reflections on the 2013 State of Health Care Quality Report on a NCQA webinar Oct. 23 from 1-2:30 p.m.

> Also, hear Homer and NICHQ Project Director Jennifer Ustianov presenting at the 2013 AAP Experience conference Oct. 26-29 in Orlando, Florida.
Questions? Comments?
Improvement: A Philosophy to Live By
Leadership Message

It wasn’t until I came to NICHQ and started witnessing transformational change like this that I realized my personal efforts at reorganizing things in my life were actually disorganized and unsystematic. I have learned that improving systems is a science. There is a logical, ordered series of steps that will truly lead to more efficient and effective systems. Read More.

Meghan Johnson

Paying for Formula Puts Hospitals in Control

It seems like a no brainer. Formula companies should be happy to have hospitals say no to freebies and insist on paying for formula. But hospitals seeking to improve breastfeeding rates have found the opposite to be true: formula companies are threatened by the potential loss of exposure for their brands in maternity units. This has made it particularly challenging for hospitals intent on paying for formula, an evidence-based tactic to improve breastfeeding rates. Read More.

Hospital care provider

How to Help Your Patients Connect with Community Resources

Many things outside of a doctor’s office can negatively affect health. Patient health can be impeded by issues such as struggles with housing and bills, lack of support for breastfeeding or exercise, or confusion about how to navigate the healthcare system. Building relationships with community organizations can be a huge boon to healthcare practices and their patients. Read More.

Hand drawing circles connected by arrows on chalkboard

The Seven “R”s to Transforming a Medical Practice into a Medical Home

A national movement has begun to shift healthcare into a family-and-patient-centered medical home model. The philosophy is about delivering services that truly serve the patient by making healthcare more equitable, accessible, culturally relevant, coordinated, preventative and efficient. In this Q&A with Jennifer Lail, MD, learn about what practices can start to do to make the transition. Read More.

Jennifer Lail

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