Patient Care Process

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Collaborative Health Education and Access Events Offer No-Cost Screenings and Navigation Services To Connect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals With Medical Homes Offering Culturally Competent Care 12/19/14

Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston, Inc., creates a gateway to medical homes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender women and transgender men through a program that combines culturally competent outreach, education, screening, and patient navigation.

Committee Reviews and Advises on Cases of Alleged Unprofessional Behavior as Alternative to Formal Investigation, Leading to Improvements in Physician Behavior 12/19/14

Three hospitals within the University of Pennsylvania Health System succeeded in changing physician behavior through a Professionalism Committee that handles cases of alleged disruptive, unprofessional behavior by a physician, as an alternative to a formal investigation under medical staff bylaws.

Specially Trained Paramedics Respond to Nonemergency 911 Calls and Proactively Care for Frequent Callers, Reducing Inappropriate Use of Emergency Services 12/19/14

Community Health Access Program helps patients who call 911with nonemergent needs. The dispatcher sends a specially trained paramedic, known as an advanced practice paramedic, to the scene along with the ambulance to confirm that the patient does not need emergency care and then either provide treatment, schedule an appointment with a primary care provider, or arrange for same-day transport to a health resource center.

Spine Clinic Offers Same-Day Appointments and Immediate Physical Therapy for Uncomplicated Back Pain, Reducing Absenteeism, Followup Appointments, and Costs 12/19/14

Virginia Mason Medical Center created a spine clinic that provides rapid, efficient treatment for uncomplicated low back pain, with the goal of allowing patients to return to their jobs and other regular activities as soon as possible.

Home Telemonitoring Does Not Improve Blood Pressure or Glycemic Control in Diabetes Patients 11/06/14

Home telemonitoring did not improve blood pressure or blood glucose control in diabetes patients with out-of-range values.

Electronic System for Referring Tobacco Users to Quitline and Monitoring Their Progress Increases Physician Referrals and Enhances Access to Cessation Services 11/05/14

An electronic system allows physicians at two health clinics to easily refer patients who use tobacco to a quitline and subsequently monitor their progress, leading to more clinician referrals to the quitline and enhanced access to cessation services for patients.

Health System–Community Partnership Expands Access to Insurance Coverage, Outpatient Care, Health Education, and Social Support in Low-Income, Minority Communities 11/05/14

A health system–community partnership offers resident-initiated programs that expand access to insurance coverage, outpatient care, health education, social support, healthy foods, and opportunities for physical activity for inner-city, low-income minorities.

Culturally Tailored Group Meetings and Other Support Help Abused African-American Women Build Coping Skills and Reduce Depressive Symptoms, Suicidal Thoughts, and Suicide Attempts 11/05/14

A culturally tailored support group helps African-American women who are victims of intimate partner violence build coping skills, leading to reductions in depressive symptoms, levels of general distress, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts.

Regional Commission Made Up of Diverse Stakeholders Enhances Access to Coverage and Services for Low-Income Residents, Reducing Readmissions and Emergency Department Visits 11/04/14

A regional health commission made up of a diverse group of stakeholders promotes various activities and policies to support the safety-net health system, enhancing access to coverage, medical and dental care, and medical homes, and reducing readmissions and inappropriate use of the emergency department.

Clinic Uses Team-Based Collaborative Care To Diagnose and Treat Dementia Patients and Support Their Caregivers, Leading to Better Outcomes and Lower Costs 11/04/14

A clinic uses a team-based collaborative care model that involves a team asessment, an individualized care plan, followup monitoring, and collaboration with primary care providers to treat patients with dementia and support their caregivers, leading to reductions in emergency department visits, inpatient use, readmissions, and medication problems, and to significant cost savings.

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