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Community Partners Offer Financial Incentives and Support for Primary Care Practices, Improving Access and Reducing Utilization for Children on Medicaid 02/06/13

The Children's Healthcare Access Program offers financial incentives and support services to primary care medical homes serving children covered by Medicaid and their families; the program enhanced access to primary care, increased the percentage of children with asthma action plans, reduced emergency department visits and hospital admissions, increased well-child visits, and reduced costs.

State Automatically Enrolls Low-Income Children in Medicaid Based on Information From Food Program Application, Reducing Number of Uninsured and Administrative Costs 10/29/12

Using a data-matching program, the state of Louisiana allows qualified, low-income children to be automatically enrolled in Medicaid based on information submitted on applications to the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, enhancing access to Medicaid coverage and health care services and significantly reducing administrative costs.

Removing Restrictions and Barriers to Supportive Housing for Late-Stage Alcoholics Reduces Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol-Related Symptoms, and Costs 06/20/12

A supportive housing program for late-stage alcoholics who frequently use crisis services features policies that reduce traditional barriers and restrictions to obtaining housing, leading to reductions in alcohol abuse, alcohol-related symptoms, and costs.

Formalized, Technology-Enabled Referral Relationships Between Medical Center and Community Clinics Enhance Access and Reduce Inappropriate Emergency Department Visits 06/15/12

A collaborative program leverages information technology to connect ED patients to a medical home and patients receiving care at FQHCs and county health clinics to specialists, leading to enhanced access to care, fewer ED visits, and significant cost savings.

Medical Student–Run Primary Care Clinic Offers Valuable Training to Future Physicians and Enhances Access to Care for Low-Income Patients 01/20/12

Medical students operate a free primary care health clinic for visitors to a large, local soup kitchen, gaining invaluable experience and providing patients with medical care they would otherwise likely go without.

Hospital Enhances Access to Healthy Food Through Onsite Pantry and Cooking Classes, Leading to Better Diet and Health for Low-Income Families 01/04/12

A hospital-based food pantry and cooking classes enhance access to healthful food for low-income families, generating high levels of satisfaction and improvements in diet and health.

Public Health Nurses Provide Case Management to Low-Income Women With Chronic Conditions, Leading to Improved Mental Health and Functional Status 10/16/11

Public health nurses provide case management services to women with one or more chronic conditions who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, leading to enhanced access to mental health services, fewer depressive symptoms, and improved functional status.

Social Worker-Led, Culturally Tailored Therapy and Support Improve Treatment Adherence, Depression-Related Symptoms, and Patient Satisfaction in Low-Income Hispanics With Diabetes 09/26/11

Two safety net clinics offered low-income Hispanic patients with both diabetes and depression culturally appropriate care (including medication and/or psychotherapy) and ongoing support led by trained, bilingual social workers, leading to improvements in medication adherence, depression-related symptoms, and patient satisfaction.

Culturally Appropriate, Interactive Decision Aid Yields High Quit Rates Among Underserved, Low-Literacy Latino and Hispanic Smokers 07/05/11

A culturally appropriate, interactive decision aid placed at health fairs and in safety net clinics generates high levels of engagement among underserved Hispanic and Latino smokers, leading to well above-average quit rates.

Shelter-Based Medical Care and Case Management Enhance Access to Services for Homeless Women, Improve Outcomes, and Lower Costs 04/05/11

Volunteer physicians, supported by paid nurse case managers, provide homeless women with needed medical care in homeless shelters and connect the women to other needed medical and social services. The program has enhanced access to services, improved outcomes, and generated significant cost savings.

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