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Community Paramedic Works Onsite in Homeless Shelter, Significantly Reducing Unnecessary 911 Calls and Connecting Residents to Primary Care 04/27/16

A community paramedic works onsite at a homeless shelter during afternoon and evening hours 4 days a week during periods when an onsite primary care clinic is not open, significantly reducing unnecessary 911 calls and connecting shelter residents to primary care.

On-the-Scene Video Consultations With Emergency Physicians Reduce Unnecessary Ambulance Transports and Emergency Department Visits, Connect People to Medical Homes 11/05/15

A city fire department offers on-the-scene video consultants between emergency physicians and non-emergent 911 callers, leading to fewer unnecessary ambulance transports and emergency department visits, lower costs, more connections of patients to primary care medical homes, and more time for ambulance crews to deal with true emergencies.

Specially Trained Paramedics Respond to Nonemergency 911 Calls and Proactively Care for Frequent Callers, Reducing Inappropriate Use of Emergency Services 12/19/14

Community Health Access Program helps patients who call 911with nonemergent needs. The dispatcher sends a specially trained paramedic, known as an advanced practice paramedic, to the scene along with the ambulance to confirm that the patient does not need emergency care and then either provide treatment, schedule an appointment with a primary care provider, or arrange for same-day transport to a health resource center.

Spine Clinic Offers Same-Day Appointments and Immediate Physical Therapy for Uncomplicated Back Pain, Reducing Absenteeism, Followup Appointments, and Costs 12/19/14

Virginia Mason Medical Center created a spine clinic that provides rapid, efficient treatment for uncomplicated low back pain, with the goal of allowing patients to return to their jobs and other regular activities as soon as possible.

Electronic System for Referring Tobacco Users to Quitline and Monitoring Their Progress Increases Physician Referrals and Enhances Access to Cessation Services 11/05/14

An electronic system allows physicians at two health clinics to easily refer patients who use tobacco to a quitline and subsequently monitor their progress, leading to more clinician referrals to the quitline and enhanced access to cessation services for patients.

Physician-Led Clinics Offer Integrated, Coordinated Care to High-Risk Seniors Under Capitated Contracts, Leading to Strong Performance on Quality Metrics, Low Inpatient Use, and High Patient Satisfaction 11/04/14

A physician-led practice offers integrated, coordinated care under capitated contracts to high-risk, moderate- and low-income seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, leading to high levels of adherence to recommended screening services, good blood glucose control among patients with diabetes, below-average use of inpatient services, high patient satisfaction, and improvements in patient access to medications.  

Regional Commission Made Up of Diverse Stakeholders Enhances Access to Coverage and Services for Low-Income Residents, Reducing Readmissions and Emergency Department Visits 11/04/14

A regional health commission made up of a diverse group of stakeholders promotes various activities and policies to support the safety-net health system, enhancing access to coverage, medical and dental care, and medical homes, and reducing readmissions and inappropriate use of the emergency department.

Inclusive Design Process and Extensive Promotion and Support Generate Widespread Use of Health Information Exchange, Leading to Improvements in Health Outcomes 09/17/14

The Quality Health Network used an inclusive design process and invested significant time and resources in promoting and supporting use of its health information exchange, which serves patients and providers in seven counties in rural western Colorado.

Web-Based System for Scheduling and Informed Consent Eliminates Surgical Delays and Problems Related to Consent Forms, Handwriting, and Equipment 09/17/14

An integrated electronic system for scheduling elective surgical procedures and obtaining informed consent eliminates delays and other problems due to incomplete or missing consent forms, illegible handwriting, and missing equipment.

Information Technology-Facilitated Identification of At-Risk Primary Care Patients Combined With In-Office Automated Measurement Significantly Reduces Undiagnosed Hypertension 05/19/14

Primary care practices leverage information technologies to identify patients at risk of undiagnosed hypertension and schedule them for automated office blood pressure measurement, reducing the likelihood of remaining undiagnosed by more than 70 percent.

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