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School-Based Health Centers Enhance Access to Mental Health Services for Adolescents, Particularly African-American and Hispanic Males 02/21/13

Connecticut's 78 school-based health centers offer a broad array of confidential mental health services to elementary, middle, and high school students co-located with traditional primary and acute medical services. The school-based centers have enhanced access to mental health services and generated high levels of satisfaction for students (particularly African-American and Hispanic males), and have led to less missed class time.

Initiative Features Fixed Monthly Payments to Primary Care Clinics for Providing Depression Care Bundle, Allowing Many Patients to Achieve Good Outcomes 02/19/13

A collaborative initiative features standardized care elements and fixed per-patient payments for treatment of depression in the primary care setting, leading to high rates of remission and response to treatment and high levels of provider satisfaction.

Multistakeholder Community Collaborative Spurs Development of Initiatives That Collectively Have Improved Blood Pressure Control Among Hypertensive Individuals 02/19/13

A multistakeholder collaborative, the Rochester Blood Pressure Initiative supports the development and implementation of a variety of provider-, employer-, and community-based programs that have collectively improved blood pressure control among hypertensive individuals in metropolitan Rochester, NY.

New York State Legislation Leads to More HIV Testing and Linking of HIV-Positive Patients to Followup Care 02/19/13

A New York State law requires hospitals and primary care providers to offer an HIV test to all patients between the ages of 13 and 64 years, streamlines the consent process, and requires providers to schedule patients with positive results for followup care; the law increased testing rates and helped link HIV-positive patients to care.

County-Based Accountable Care Organization for Medicaid Enrollees Features Shared Risk, Electronic Data Sharing, and Various Improvement Initiatives, Leading to Lower Utilization and Costs 02/14/13

A county-based accountable care organization integrates medical, behavioral health, and social services and assigns a care coordinator to newly enrolled Medicaid beneficiaries to promote use of appropriate services, leading to fewer readmissions and emergency department visits and lower costs.

Hospital HIV Clinic Offers Convenient, Proactive Screening for Anal Cancer, Enabling Identification and Treatment of Precancerous Lesions 02/11/13

An HIV clinic proactively encourages men with HIV to be screened for anal cancer each year and makes it easy for them to do so, leading to enhanced access to screening and the identification and removal of precancerous lesions.

Health Department Promotes Implementation and Use of Electronic Health Records in Underserved Areas To Improve Clinical Preventive Services in Primary Care 02/07/13

The health department in New York City uses subsidies, upfront and ongoing technical support, and quality of care feedback to promote implementation and use of electronic health records by primary care practices in medically underserved areas, leading to better care for patients in these practices.

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.

With Support From Collaborative, Primary Care Practices Identify and Address Behavioral Health Issues, Reducing Binge Drinking, Marijuana Use, and Depression Symptoms 01/31/13

With support from a statewide collaborative, primary care practices in Wisconsin proactively identify and address behavioral health issues in patients, leading to declines in binge drinking, marijuana use, and symptoms of depression, and to high levels of patient satisfaction.

Rural Practice Redesigns Care Processes To Allow Multidisciplinary Teams To Leverage Electronic Health Record, Leading to Better Screening of Medically Underserved 01/29/13

A rural medical practice redesigned its care processes to allow multidisciplinary care teams to use a new electronic health record system that features real-time documentation and information sharing and various tools to facilitate the provision of appropriate care, leading to significant improvements in screening rates and high satisfaction for medically underserved patients in Alaska.

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