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Hospital Gain-Sharing Program Offers Incentives to Physicians Based on Their Efficiency, Producing Significant Cost Savings Without Decline in Quality 03/17/14

A group of 12 New Jersey hospitals offered upside incentives to individual physicians based on their performance on various efficiency metrics, leading to significant cost savings without negatively affecting quality of care.

Hospital-Affiliated Physician Group Offers Modest Performance-Based Incentives to Salaried Physicians, Leading to Sustained Improvement on Quality-Related Metrics 03/07/14

A hospital-affiliated physician group offers modest performance-based incentives to salaried physicians, leading to sustained improvements in performance on a broad array of quality-related metrics.

Real-Time Location System Tracks Staff, Patients, and Equipment, Reducing Costs, Improving Infection Control and Room Turnaround, and Generating High Satisfaction 02/27/14

Hospitals use a real-time location system to track employees, patients, and/or major pieces of equipment, leading to lower equipment costs, better infection control processes, faster room turnaround, and high levels of patient, physician, and staff satisfaction.

State-Financed, Primary Care–Led, Accountable Care Collaborative Provides Comprehensive, Coordinated Care to Medicaid Beneficiaries, Reducing Admissions, Use of Imaging Services, and Costs 02/05/14

A State-led accountable care collaborative provides comprehensive, coordinated care to Medicaid beneficiaries through primary care medical homes, reducing use of inpatient, imaging, and emergency department services, and generating estimated savings of $6 million for the State.

Statewide Ban on Ambulance Diversions Reduces Ambulance Turnaround Time and Emergency Department Length of Stay for Patients Admitted to the Hospital 01/14/14

Massachusetts banned ambulance diversions and helped hospitals respond to the ban by improving patient flow, leading to reductions in emergency department length of stay for admitted patients, shorter turnaround times for ambulances, and strong support from emergency department leaders who believe the ban has yielded multiple benefits.

Data-Driven System Helps Emergency Medical Services Identify Frequent Callers and Connect Them to Community Services, Reducing Transports and Costs 12/30/13

An emergency medical services system uses a data-driven program to identify frequent 911 callers and facilitate access to community-based medical, social service, and other interventions to address their underlying needs, leading to significant reductions in emergency transports and associated costs.

Reference-Pricing Policy for Hip/Knee Replacements Generates Significant Savings by Encouraging Enrollees To Choose High-Value Facilities 12/18/13

The California Public Employees' Retirement System generated significant cost savings by adopting reference pricing for hip and knee replacement procedures, causing enrollees to migrate to high-value facilities and encouraging high-price hospitals to lower their fees.

Emergency Department Uses Tool To Identify At-Risk Patients in Need of HIV Testing, Leading to Same Number of Newly Diagnosed Patients with Fewer Screening Tests 12/18/13

An emergency department uses an eight-variable risk assessment tool to determine which patients should be tested for undiagnosed HIV, leading to the identification of the same number of HIV-positive patients as through universal screening, thus suggesting greater cost-effectiveness.

Community Partnership Connects Low-Income Patients With Providers Who Serve Them at Discounted Rates, Enhancing Access and Reducing Emergency Department Use 11/03/13

A nonprofit, community-based organization matches uninsured and underinsured patients with physicians, hospitals, and other providers who agree to serve them at reduced fees and provides various sources of support to both providers and patients, leading to enhanced access to care and fewer emergency department visits.

Social Workers Support Outpatients in Dealing With Psychosocial Issues, Leading to High Patient and Practitioner Satisfaction and Better Patient Self-Management 10/21/13

Master's-level social workers operating out of a centralized department support primary care and specialty clinic patients in dealing with psychosocial and environmental issues, leading to high levels of patient/caregiver and practitioner satisfaction, improvements in patients' well-being and self-management skills, and reductions in resource use.

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