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State Plan Offers Employees Incentives To Access Needed Services and Health Enhancement Activities, Leading to High Participation, More Appropriate Utilization, and Slower Cost Growth 05/20/13

The State of Connecticut offers employees, retirees, and dependents significant financial incentives to access appropriate care and engage in their health, leading to high participation rates, more appropriate utilization of health care resources, better medication adherence, and slower growth in costs.

Telemedicine-Based Eye Examinations Enhance Access, Reduce Costs, and Increase Satisfaction for Low-Income and Minority Patients with Diabetes 05/14/13

A federally qualified health center serving primarily low-income, minority patients offers telemedicine-based retinal screening as part of a comprehensive annual visit for patients with diabetes, leading to enhanced access to screening, lower costs, and higher patient satisfaction.

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.

State Agency Promotes Integrated Mental Health and Addiction Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders, Leading to Better Access and Positive Outcomes 05/17/12

A state mental health and addiction services agency implemented policies to promote integrated treatment for those with both mental health and substance use disorders, leading to enhanced access to high-quality services and positive patient outcomes.

Culturally Competent Disease Management Improves Self-Monitoring and Blood Pressure Control in Hypertensive African Americans 02/09/12

A health plan–sponsored disease management program targeting African Americans combines home blood pressure monitoring with culturally competent education and counseling, leading to better self-monitoring and blood pressure control.

Solo Practitioner Uses Electronic Medical Record To Redesign Care Processes, Leading to Greater Adherence to Recommended Processes and Improved Outcomes 07/07/11

A solo practitioner leverages various functions within the electronic medical record to redesign care processes, leading to greater adherence to recommended care processes and improved outcomes for patients with diabetes.

Academic Detailing Sessions With Providers Increase Use of Pain- and Anxiety-Reducing Strategies During Childhood Immunizations 01/19/11

A trained educator used “academic detailing” sessions to teach primary care clinicians about proven strategies for reducing the pain and anxiety associated with childhood immunizations, leading to increased use of these strategies and greater satisfaction among clinicians.

Worksite Program Provides Strategies for Handling Stress, Reducing Problem Drinking and Psychological Symptoms 06/25/10

A 16-week workplace intervention teaches those struggling with substance abuse and related psychological issues to avoid negative substance use patterns while coping with work and family stress. The program has led to increased use of positive coping strategies, reduced use of avoidance coping and problem drinking, and fewer psychological symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and somatic complaints.

Tailored, Home-Based Physical Therapy Reduces Disability in Frail Community-Dwelling Seniors 06/14/10

A tailored, home-based physical therapy program slows functional decline in moderately frail, community-dwelling older adults.

Mental Health Clinic Proactively Identifies and Treats Those at High Risk of Schizophrenia, Leading to Anecdotal Reports of Improved Outcomes 12/01/08

A research clinic proactively identifies those with early warning signs of schizophrenia, leading to more effective treatment.

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