Patient Care Process

Innovations

Community Partnership Connects Low-Income Patients With Providers Who Serve Them at Discounted Rates, Enhancing Access and Reducing Emergency Department Use 11/03/13

A nonprofit, community-based organization matches uninsured and underinsured patients with physicians, hospitals, and other providers who agree to serve them at reduced fees and provides various sources of support to both providers and patients, leading to enhanced access to care and fewer emergency department visits.

Comprehensive Program To Improve Discharge Process Reduces Readmissions 11/01/13

Project BOOST (Better Outcomes by Optimizing Safe Transitions) provides hospitals a comprehensive set of interventions to improve the care transition process after discharge, leading to a significant reduction in readmissions.

Social Workers Support Outpatients in Dealing With Psychosocial Issues, Leading to High Patient and Practitioner Satisfaction and Better Patient Self-Management 10/21/13

Master's-level social workers operating out of a centralized department support primary care and specialty clinic patients in dealing with psychosocial and environmental issues, leading to high levels of patient/caregiver and practitioner satisfaction, improvements in patients' well-being and self-management skills, and reductions in resource use.

Statewide Partnership Provides Mental Health Assessments via Telemedicine to Patients in Rural Emergency Departments, Reducing Wait Times, Hospitalizations, and Costs 10/07/13

Through a statewide telemedicine program, psychiatrists evaluate patients with mental health issues who present at rural hospital emergency departments, leading to reductions in wait times, inpatient admissions, and costs; increased attendance at followup visits; and high levels of patient and clinician satisfaction.

Hospital Uses Data Analytics and Predictive Modeling To Identify and Allocate Scarce Resources to High-Risk Patients, Leading to Fewer Readmissions 08/13/13

A safety net hospital employs a software application that uses electronic health record data and predictive modeling to identify and allocate scarce resources to high-risk patients, leading to fewer readmissions and lower costs.

Legislatively Mandated, Permanent Council Serves as Effective Catalyst for Sustained Progress on End-of-Life Policy Issues in Maryland 08/12/13

A legislatively authorized, permanent council serves as an effective catalyst for concrete, sustained progress on high-priority policy issues related to end-of-life care in Maryland.

Urban Healthy Start Program Offers Support at Each Stage of Childbearing Cycle, Leading to Fewer Low- and Very Low–Birthweight Babies 08/09/13

A nonprofit organization in Baltimore provides programs and services to support at-risk women (particularly African Americans) throughout each stage of the childbearing cycle, leading to fewer deliveries of low- and very low–birthweight babies and associated cost savings.

Statewide Health Information Exchange Provides Daily Alerts About Emergency Department and Inpatient Visits, Helping Health Plans and Accountable Care Organizations Reduce Utilization and Costs 08/07/13

A statewide health information exchange provides health plans and accountable care organizations with daily alerts on patients visiting the emergency department or being admitted to an inpatient facility, allowing them to take steps to curb use of these high-cost venues and replace them with lower-cost primary care visits.

Online Visits With Dermatologists Enhance Access to Care for Patients With Minor and Serious Skin Conditions, Boost Physician Productivity 08/07/13

User-friendly, secure Web-based and mobile applications facilitate online visits with board-certified dermatologists, enhancing access to care for those with minor and serious skin conditions, increasing physician productivity, and generating high levels of patient satisfaction.

Clinics Offer Culturally Tailored Diabetes Education and Culturally Appropriate Care to Ethiopian Patients, Leading to More Engagement, Better Outcomes, and Reduction of Health Disparities 07/29/13

A large health plan offered a 6-month program featuring culturally tailored educational classes and materials and the integration of culturally sensitive approaches into everyday care, leading to increased cultural sensitivity among staff, more engaged patients, and better health outcomes, and contributing (along with other programs) to the elimination of racial disparities.

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