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Emergency Departments Identify and Support Veterans at Risk of Suicide, Enhancing Their Access to Outpatient Mental Health Services 06/18/13

Emergency department clinicians and staff identify veterans at moderate risk of suicide, work with them to develop a safety plan, and follow up after discharge to ensure adherence to the plan and connections to community-based support, leading to better access to outpatient mental health services.

Safety-Net Hospital Enhances Access to Specialty Care by Immediately Notifying Surgical Oncologists About Patients With Imaging Results That Suggest Possible Gastrointestinal Malignancy 05/23/13

A safety-net hospital enhances access to timely specialist care by revamping its critical results reporting system to immediately notify surgical oncologists of imaging results that suggest a possible gastrointestinal malignancy.

Emergency Department Screening Identifies Many Patients With Possible Eating Disorders, Suggesting Potential to Facilitate Earlier Diagnosis and Connection to Treatment 05/08/13

A five-question electronic survey given to emergency department patients identifies a high proportion with potential eating disorders, suggesting the potential for the emergency department to be an effective venue for early diagnosis and connections to community-based treatment and support.

Cross-Agency Mayoral Task Force Promotes Policies and Initiatives To Reduce Prescription Opioid Misuse and Related Problems, Achieves Some Early Successes 04/25/13

A multiagency, cross-disciplinary mayoral task force develops and supports implementation of policies and programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse and its associated problems in New York City—efforts that have prompted many public and private hospital emergency departments to adopt recommended prescribing guidelines, resulting in preliminary indications that fewer opioid painkiller prescriptions are being written and filled in some of the city's emergency departments.

State Health Department and Community Agencies Save Lives by Teaching Potential Bystanders To Recognize and Respond to Opioid-Related Overdoses 04/17/13

Public health and community-based agencies throughout Massachusetts teach thousands of potential bystanders how to prevent, recognize, and respond to an opioid-related overdose (including administering a drug to reverse the effects), leading to a significant decline in deaths.

Coordinated, Intensive Medical, Social, and Behavioral Health Services Improve Outcomes and Reduce Utilization for Frequent Emergency Department Users 03/04/13

Intensive, concurrent medical and behavioral health care, addiction services, and social service coordination improve patient outcomes and reduce health system use among patients who historically have been frequent users of emergency departments.

Statewide Health Information Exchange Generates High Levels of Participation and Many Reports of Improved Quality and Efficiency 02/26/13

The nation's first statewide health information exchange, the Delaware Health Information Network gives clinicians immediate access to patient-specific health data from other providers, leading to higher quality and more efficient care.

Comprehensive Bundle of Strategies Improves Emergency Department Turnaround Time, Reduces Boarding Time and Patients Leaving Without Being Treated 02/08/13

A comprehensive bundle of process improvement strategies improved patient turnaround time in the emergency department, which in turn led to fewer patients leaving before being treated.

Increased Reimbursement and Dedicated Funds Allow Remote Primary Care Clinics to Provide Around-the-Clock Care, Leading to Fewer Medical Evacuations and Higher Quality of Care 01/07/13

Five clinics in remote parts of Alaska and Washington state receive additional reimbursement from Medicare and dedicated Federal funds that allow them to provide around-the-clock care, leading to fewer medical evacuations (and associated cost savings), better quality care, and high levels of satisfaction in the communities they serve.

Emergency Medical Technicians Use Checklist To Identify Intoxicated Individuals who Can Safely Go to Detoxification Facility Rather Than Emergency Department 12/24/12

Trained emergency medical technicians use a checklist to identify intoxicated individuals who can safely be transported directly to a local detoxification facility, thus avoiding expensive visits to crowded, resource-constrained emergency departments.

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