Frances Cotter

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The Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) teaches participating treatment centers to use process improvement strategies. A cross-site evaluation monitored impacts on days between first contact and first treatment and percent of patients who started treatment and completed two, three and four units of care (i.e., one outpatient session,(More)
BACKGROUND Monitoring the quality and availability of alcohol and other drug (AOD) services must be a central tenet of any health-related performance measurement system. The Washington Circle Group (WCG), which was convened by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Office of Managed Care in March 1998, has developed a core set of performance measures for(More)
Four medical specialty organizations conducted a survey of 294 departments in 98 medical schools and 1,124 residency programs to identify the number and type of curriculum units on substance abuse offered by these specialties. A curriculum unit was defined as a formal block of teaching on substance abuse. A total of 251 (85 percent) of the medical school(More)
BACKGROUND The Network for Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) provides 39 treatment organizations with collaborative learning opportunities and technical support to reduce waiting time between the first request for service and the first treatment session, reduce the number of patients who do not keep an appointment (no-shows), increase the number of(More)
What approaches can be used to upgrade nursing education and clinical skills in alcohol and drug abuse? The authors discuss the development of faculty and curricula in three schools of nursing. The programs described are part of a national initiative to ensure that health care professionals have basic knowledge and clinical skills in screening, assessment,(More)
This article discusses a two-phase demonstration project focused on the implementation of the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment model of process improvement among substance abuse treatment providers in Los Angeles County, California. A total of 30 Change Teams from 12 county-contracted treatment agencies planned and executed one or more(More)
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