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Point-of-Care Complexity Assessment Helps Primary Care Clinicians Identify Barriers to Improved Health and Craft Integrated Care Plans 03/02/09

The Minnesota Complexity Assessment Method is used by clinicians to guide their assessment of potentially complex patients; to identify disease-related, social, and socioeconomic barriers to improved health; and to craft care plans to meet patient needs.

Weekly Group Classes Lead to Significant Weight Loss and High Levels of Satisfaction Among Low-Income, Racial and Ethnic Minorities 06/06/08

Health Not Cosmetics is a lifestyle modification program administered by medical students that includes educational classes, group training, and individual sessions; the program targets overweight and obese inner-city residents, many of whom are racial and ethnic minorities living in poverty.

Voluntary Error Reporting Program Focusing on Systems Issues Increases Reporting and Contributes to Reduction in Liability Claims at Outpatient Clinic 04/03/08

A hospital outpatient clinic's confidential, voluntary error reporting system, which focuses on identifying faulty systems instead of individual mistakes, has substantially increased error reports and has been associated with a reduction in liability claims.

Open Scheduling and Related Strategies Lead to Zero Wait Time for Appointments and Few No Shows at Family Practice 03/18/08

Community Physician Network Family Medicine Care–Saxony, a seven-physician family practice in the suburbs of Indianapolis, ensures maximum patient access through a variety of scheduling and related strategies, including same-day appointments, extended hours, direct telephone access to physicians after hours, and electronic visits.

Practice-Based Teams of Clinicians and Development Experts Enhance Access to Care and Improve Parenting Skills and Knowledge Among Children and Their Families 02/25/08

Healthy Steps for Young Children (Healthy Steps) is a national initiative that encourages use of clinician-childhood development expert teams in physician offices to promote the use of timely preventive care; parent education and support; and other interventions to address the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children from birth to age 3.

Practice Enhancement Assistants Improve Quality of Care in Primary Care Practices 01/25/08

Practice enhancement assistants improve patient care through practice audits and feedback, staff training, sharing of innovative ideas, and support in the development of systems and infrastructure.

Real-Time Clinical Reminder System Improves Performance on Quality Measures 01/25/08

Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School transformed the way services are delivered at their family practice clinics using an electronic clinical reminder and tracking system designed to support evidence-based quality improvement efforts.

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