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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.

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.

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.

Physician-Led Clinics Offer Integrated, Coordinated Care to High-Risk Seniors Under Capitated Contracts, Leading to Strong Performance on Quality Metrics, Low Inpatient Use, and High Patient Satisfaction 11/04/14

A physician-led practice offers integrated, coordinated care under capitated contracts to high-risk, moderate- and low-income seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, leading to high levels of adherence to recommended screening services, good blood glucose control among patients with diabetes, below-average use of inpatient services, high patient satisfaction, and improvements in patient access to medications.  

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.

Integration of Behavioral Health Team and Consulting Psychiatrist Into Primary Care Enhances Access to Behavioral Health Care for Low-Income Patients 11/02/14

Primary care clinics integrate a full-time behavioral health team and part-time consulting psychiatrist into the practice, enhancing access to behavioral health services, helping patients become more engaged in their own care, and increasing primary care clinician involvement in addressing patients' behavioral health issues.

Statewide Managed Care Plan for Foster Care Children Features Care Coordination and a Central Database, Leading to Improved Access and Mental Health Treatment 10/31/14

Supported by a central data repository, a statewide managed care plan for children and young adults in foster care provides ongoing care coordination, linkages to community-based services, and psychotropic drug utilization reviews, leading to better care access, better followup after mental illness hospitalization, and less use of psychotropic drugs.

Inclusive Design Process and Extensive Promotion and Support Generate Widespread Use of Health Information Exchange, Leading to Improvements in Health Outcomes 09/17/14

The Quality Health Network used an inclusive design process and invested significant time and resources in promoting and supporting use of its health information exchange, which serves patients and providers in seven counties in rural western Colorado.

Information Technology-Facilitated Identification of At-Risk Primary Care Patients Combined With In-Office Automated Measurement Significantly Reduces Undiagnosed Hypertension 05/19/14

Primary care practices leverage information technologies to identify patients at risk of undiagnosed hypertension and schedule them for automated office blood pressure measurement, reducing the likelihood of remaining undiagnosed by more than 70 percent.

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