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Innovations

Health Plan's Multifaceted Strategy Involving Care Coordination, Disease Management and Physician Incentives Leads to Better Outcomes and Reduced Costs for Medicare Advantage Enrollees 03/03/13

HealthSpring's Partnership for Quality program offers bonuses to physician practices and onsite care coordination and disease management support, leading to significantly better outcomes and reduced costs for Medicare Advantage enrollees.

Church-Health System Partnership Facilitates Transitions From Hospital to Home for Urban, Low-Income African Americans, Reducing Mortality, Utilization, and Costs 11/29/11

A partnership between a large health system and 512 churches supports the transition from the hospital back into the community, leading to lower mortality, health care utilization, and health care costs and to higher satisfaction with hospital care.

Individual and Group Support Sessions Enhance Skills and Knowledge, Reduce Burden and Depression for Caregivers of Dementia Patients 07/14/11

Individual and group support enhances the skills and knowledge of those caring for patients with dementia, leading to less caregiver burden and depression and fewer problem behaviors among patients.

Hospital Posts Appropriate Diet for Patient on Room Door, Reducing Diet-Related Mistakes and Nursing Interruptions 09/27/10

An adjustable “diet wheel” posted on each inpatient's doorway indicates which of 15 physician-ordered diets a patient should receive and prompts dietary staff to check that food trays match the ordered diet, leading to fewer diet-related miscommunications, mistakes, and interruptions.

Pager-Based System Enables Prompt Communication and Acknowledgment of Critical Laboratory Results, Eliminating Thousands of Phone Calls to Physicians 06/24/10

An automated reporting system communicates critical laboratory test results to physicians via pager, allowing the vast majority of results to be quickly communicated to and acknowledged by physicians, and virtually eliminating thousands of calls historically made by laboratory technologists to relay such information.

Pathology Team Provides Patient-Specific Interpretations of Test Results, Reducing Ordering Errors and Speeding Up Diagnostic Process 12/08/09

Pathologists provide a paragraph of patient-specific analysis as a supplement to traditional laboratory test results, leading to fewer ordering errors, time savings, and quicker diagnoses.

Hospital Revamps Morbidity and Mortality Conferences to Focus on System-Wide Improvement, Leading to Better Identification and Addressing of Quality Problems 07/30/08

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University transformed its monthly morbidity and mortality conferences from didactic teaching opportunities for residents into interactive, multidisciplinary quality improvement forums.

Specialty-Specific Medical Librarians Provide Quick Access to Evidence-Based Research, Leading to Reports of Improvements in Clinician Decisionmaking 04/22/08

Medical librarians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Eskind Biomedical Library developed a rapid turnaround service to provide answers to medical queries from clinicians that are based on the latest evidence-based research.

Church-Based Initiative Supports Volunteers in Providing Education and Screenings to 150,000+ Memphis Residents, Leading to Improved Health Status 02/20/08

A church-based program trains congregational members to be volunteer “health representatives” for their churches. These representatives provide health and disease prevention education and health screenings related to health priorities established by the church and its pastor, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.

Daily, Multidisciplinary Rounds and Evidence-Based Best Practices Decrease Nosocomial Infections and Costs in the Intensive Care Unit 02/11/08

The combination of multidisciplinary, physician-led rounds and a set of evidence-based best practices (known as “bundles”) decreased nosocomial infection rates and costs in the intensive care unit.

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