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State Uses Financial Incentives To Fund Nursing Home–Initiated Quality Improvement Projects Through Competitive Bidding Process, Leading to Better Care 11/07/13

The State of Minnesota uses financial rewards and penalties to fund nursing home–initiated quality improvement projects through a competitive bidding process, leading to improvements in the quality of care.

Patients With Crohn's Disease Report Symptoms and Behaviors Through Computer Applications, Leading to Better Self-Management and Provider–Patient Communication 02/06/13

Patients with Crohn's disease reported information on nine observations of daily living (cues about health experienced in everyday living) using applications on a tablet computer, leading to more tracking of symptoms and health-related behaviors, better patient self-management and patient-provider communication, and high levels of patient satisfaction.

Hospice Revamps Staffing and Services To Offer Culturally Competent Care and Outreach to Hispanic Community, Enhancing Awareness and Acceptance of End-of-Life Services 01/23/13

A hospice offered a dedicated care team trained in culture-specific end-of-life concerns to Hispanic patients and families, and conducted targeted marketing and outreach to Hispanics in the community, leading to greater awareness and acceptance of hospice services.

Computer-Based Screening and Education on Partner Violence Does Not Improve Health or Reduce Recurrent Abuse Among Female Primary Care Patients 11/05/12

Private, computer-based screening and education in primary care clinics have no impact on key metrics for female victims of partner violence, including quality of life and likelihood of recurring abuse.

Assessment Tool Helps Clinicians Understand and Address Quality-of-Life Concerns for Those With Diabetes, Generating Positive Feedback From Clinicians and Patients 11/01/12

Before seeing their provider, patients with diabetes complete an easy-to-use assessment tool that helps identify and address their biggest quality-of-life concerns, generating overwhelmingly positive feedback from patients and clinicians.

Self-Directed Budget for Health and Other Services Enhances Ability of Those with Mental Illness to Function and Live Independently 08/24/12

A state-funded program gives individuals with mental illness a quarterly allowance for mental health and wellness services that can be spent at their own discretion, allowing them to spend more time living in the community and to function more effectively.

Care Coordination, Peer Support, and Discretionary Fund Improve Quality of Life and Reduce Costs for Adults with Serious Mental Illness 01/14/12

Intensive, person-centered case management, peer support, and a discretionary fund for adults with serious mental illness leads to better access to treatment, job training, and employment; fewer suicide/self-harm attempts, hospitalizations, incarcerations, and days of homelessness; and lower mental illness-related costs.

Care Coordinators Support Individuals With Severe Mental Illness, Leading to Improved Quality of Life and Lower Costs 08/10/10

The seven-county New York Care Coordination Program offers comprehensive care coordination for individuals with severe mental illness through assessment, individualized goal setting, and access to social programs, leading to improved quality of life and coping skills, fewer emergency department visits and inpatient days, and lower costs.

Counseling and Care Coordination for Patients With Advanced Illness Lead to More Patients Completing Advance Directives and Less Use of Inpatient Care 01/10/10

Counseling and care coordination for patients with advanced illnesses improved patient–provider communication and the quality of medical care and decisionmaking support, leading to more patients completing advance directives and lower inpatient care requirements.

Nursing Home "Neighborhoods" Emphasize Dignity and Independence, Leading to Improvements in Resident Health and Quality of Life and Lower Employee Turnover 03/17/08

Providence Mount St. Vincent (known as “The Mount”) developed and implemented a new model for nursing home care in which most residents live in a “neighborhood” of 20 to 23 residents; neighborhoods contain a cluster of private and semiprivate rooms and a large kitchen/dining area that serves as the central gathering spot for meals and activities. The Mount's approach also focuses on giving residents more independence, autonomy, and dignity than in a traditional nursing home, leading to a greater sense of community and a higher quality of life for residents, as well as a better work environment for employees.

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