More Tools to Support Best Practices

Cognitive Change Assessment Tools
St. Louis University Mental Status Exam (SLUMS)
Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE)
Montreal Cognitive Assessment

COPD Tools
CAT – COPD Assessment Test 
COPD Control Questionnaire-CCQ
Modified Borg Scale 
Respiratory Distress Observation Scale (RDOS) 
Visual Analog Scale
6 Minute Walk Test

Depression Screening Tools
Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) 
Patient Health Questionnaire 2 (PHQ2) 

Dyspnea Tools
Modified Borg Scale 
Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) 
Memorial Symptom Assessment Tool-Short Form 
Visual Analog Scale as a Measure of Clinical Dyspnea 
Respiratory Distress Observation Scale (RDOS) 

Falls Risk Tools – See also Functional Status
Generic Falls Risk Assessment

Functional Status Assessment Tools
Timed Up & Go (TUG) - recommended by APTA post TKR
Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC)
Tinetti Assessment tool -for balance
Tinetti Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment (POMA)
30-Second Chair Stand Test (30CST)
Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS)
MAHC 10 - Fall Risk Assessment Tool 
6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) 

HF Assessment Tool
NYHA – New York Heart Association Functional Classification of Heart Failure

Hospice Care Initiation Tools
MAHC 10 - Fall Risk Assessment Tool 
PPS – Palliative Performance Scale 
FAST - Functional Assessment Staging for dementia
Braden Scale .
ECOG and Karnofsky Performance Status Tools -
GCS – Glasgow Coma Scale .
MNA® – Mini Nutritional Assessment 

Hospice Symptom Management Tools
Edmonton Symptom Assessment Tool (ESAS) -Multi-symptom assessment tool
National Institutes of Health PDQ® Cancer Information Summaries: Supportive and Palliative Care – evidence based recommendations for symptom management for multiple conditions

Immunization Tools
CDC Tools for Providers

Medication Management Tools
Institute for Health Care Systems Improvement - RARE Toolkit to prevent readmissions
Institute for Health Care Systems Improvement - RARE Toolkit to prevent readmissions – patient education tools (medication Management)
HHQI Medication Management Performance Improvement Project

Patient Education and Communication
Institute for Health Care Systems Improvement - RARE Toolkit to prevent readmissions
TMF Quality Improvement Organization – Zone tools for multiple conditions in English and Spanish

Pain Assessment Tools  
The Faces Pain Scale-Revised or FPS-R  - patient visual
Verbal Descriptor Scale 
10 Point Scale
Wong-Baker FACES Pain Scale - patient visual for children
FLACC for assessment for young children (patient visual) 
Brief Pain Inventory (BPI)  and BPI User Guide
McGill Pain Inventory Short Form 
Pain Assessment Checklist for Seniors with Limited Ability to Communicate (PACSLAC)(staff observation)
Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia (PAIN-AD) (staff observation) 
Pain Thermometer - Visual tool 
Symptom Distress Scale 
CNA Pain Assessment Tool (CPAT) 
Elderly Pain Caring Assessment 2 (EPCA-2) - Observational assessment
Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (MSAS)
Non-Communicative Patient’s Pain Assessment Instrument (NOPPAIN) - Observational assessment
Discomfort Behavior Scale - Observational assessment
Checklist of Nonverbal Pain Indicators 

Pressure Ulcer Tools
Braden Scale
Intervention Protocols For Braden Scale Subscales
Norton Scale for Assessing Risk of Pressure Ulcers
NPUAP PUSH Tool for pressure ulcer measurement
National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel - PUSH Tool 3.0 (web version) 

Quality Improvement Tools
Institute for Healthcare Improvement Tools

Transitions of Care (See also Readmissions/Transitions in Resources)
AHRQ Toolkit to Engage High-Risk Patients In Safe Transitions Across Ambulatory Settings

Zone Tools (Patient Education)
TMF Quality Improvement Organization - Zone tools for multiple conditions 
Home Health Quality Improvement -  index for zone tools 
in English and Spanish

Partner with referring clinicians and hospitals to develop programs and strategies to improve health outcomes and patient experience, and to help them meet accountability goals.  
By effectively engaging patients and caregivers as partners in care, home-based care organizations improve experience, activation, and ultimately, outcomes.
    Educate payers on opportunity to improve outcomes by more effectively care for people in their homes. Drive smarter spending by preventing admissions and avoidable ED use.
    Drive better outcomes by supporting practitioners to practice at the top of their license, training for excellence, and recognizing achievement.