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Innovations

Independent Educators Give Clinicians Unbiased Information About Brand Name and Generic Drugs, Leading to Lower Costs and High Levels of Physician Satisfaction 08/18/08

Drug education consultants meet one-on-one with high-volume prescribers, providing objective evaluations of which generic or brand name drugs are most effective for six common conditions.

Plan-Funded Team Coordinates Enhanced Primary Care and Support Services to At-Risk Seniors, Reducing Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits 08/08/08

Commonwealth Care Alliance developed a health plan that provides low-income, dually eligible, elderly enrollees in Massachusetts with a primary care team made up of a physician, nurse practitioner, and geriatric specialist who work out of the enrollee's primary care clinic.

School-Based Transition Program Connecting High-Risk Adolescents to Mental Health and Support Services Improves Academic and Familial Functioning 07/29/08

The Brookline Resilient Youth Team assists teenagers and their families who have recently experienced serious emotional disorders, medical issues, substance abuse, and/or other problems.

Comprehensive Heart Failure Program Enhances Adherence to Recommended Care and Reduces Hospital Readmissions 07/25/08

Baystate Medical Center's comprehensive heart failure management program incorporates tools and processes that ensure the provision of all necessary components of care, leading to increased adherence to recommended care and reduced heart failure readmission rates.

Pediatric Palliative Care Program Improves Communication, Reduces Patient Suffering, and Helps Parents Feel More Prepared for Child's End-of-Life Experience 07/16/08

The Pediatric Advanced Care Team is a pediatric palliative care consult service that provides intensive symptom management as well as honest, complete, and sensitive communication with patients and families.

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Leads to Sustained Increases in Breastfeeding Among Low-Income Whites and Minorities 07/11/08

Boston Medical Center adopted the Baby-Friendly ™ Hospital Initiative, a 10-step program that has led to sustained increases in the initiation of breastfeeding.

Pathway Helps Massachusetts Residents Develop and Implement Debt-Reduction Strategies, Leading to 60-Percent Reduction in Medical Debt 06/18/08

The Access Project's Medical Debt Resolution Program, based on the Pathways model, helps individuals reduce or eliminate medical debt by identifying and implementing debt reduction strategies.

Individualized, In-Home Program Identifies and Addresses Environmental Problems That Can Worsen Asthma Control 04/30/08

A health plan's individualized, in-home, environmental asthma intervention program targets all pediatric members with confirmed allergies to indoor allergens and symptomatic asthma. During multiple in-home visits, trained asthma counselors provide education, perform an environmental assessment, demonstrate intervention equipment, devise a written care plan, and assess and address psychosocial issues.

Hospital-Based Program Proactively Identifies, Addresses Delirium Risk Factors in Elderly, Leading to Less Cognitive/Functional Decline and Lower Nursing Home Costs 04/22/08

The Hospital Elder Life Program screens all patients aged 70 years and older at admission for the presence of six risk factors for delirium, and then implements targeted interventions to reduce these risks, leading to less cognitive and functional decline and lower costs.

Membership Program Provides Community-Dwelling Seniors With Access to Wide Array of Health and Social Services, Helping Them Remain in Their Homes 04/22/08

Beacon Hill Village offers a membership program that provides access to or discounts on a wide array of health care and social support services that are designed to allow people 50 years and older to maintain their health status and independence and thus stay in their own homes as they age (rather than moving to an expensive long-term care facility).

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