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Insurer Provides Financial Incentives, Infrastructure, and Other Support To Stimulate Provider Participation in Quality Improvement Collaborations 05/21/12

A large insurer offers financial incentives and other support to provider-led quality improvement collaborations, leading to high levels of provider participation, higher quality, lower costs, and a positive return on investment.

Statewide Program Supports Medical Homes Through Multidisciplinary Teams, Easy Access to Information, and Incentives, Leading to Lower Costs and Better Care 05/18/12

A statewide program supports physician practices through multidisciplinary community-based health teams, preventive health expertise, easy access to needed information via electronic systems, and financial incentives, leading to lower utilization and growth in health care spending and enhanced provision of appropriate services.

Telemedicine-Based Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Improves Prescribing, Reduces Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics at Rural Hospital 05/04/12

A rural hospital's telemedicine-based antimicrobial stewardship program provides ongoing education and daily case reviews related to use of antibiotics, leading to more appropriate prescribing and less bacterial resistance to the drugs.

Nine-Hospital Collaborative Uses Patient Screening Criteria, Fast-Track Diagnosis, and Treatment Protocols To Reduce Sepsis Mortality by Approximately 50 Percent 03/21/12

Hospitals participating in a collaborative used screening criteria, fast-track diagnostic testing, protocols to support the prompt initiation of treatment, and ongoing monitoring to reduce sepsis mortality by 54.5 percent.

Care Management Protocols and User-Friendly Forms Embedded in Electronic Medical Record Improve Documentation, Coding Accuracy, and Readability of Visit Notes 03/15/12

Protocol-based care management tools and simplified documentation forms embedded in the electronic medical record improve documentation, the readability of notes, and coding accuracy in military health care facilities.

Standardized Order Bundles and Ongoing Care Coordination Expedite Testing and Specialty Consults for Primary Care Patients With Common Conditions 01/14/12

Primary care physicians order standardized bundles of tests and specialty referrals for common diagnoses, which are then managed by a care coordination team, resulting in expedited patient care and high physician satisfaction.

Alerts and Decision Support for Abnormal Laboratory Values Do Not Improve Clinical Management or Reduce Adverse Events 01/11/12

The combination of clinical alerts and decision support related to abnormal laboratory values had no impact on the clinical management of patients or the frequency of adverse events.

Case Managers Remotely Monitor Chronically Ill Medicare Beneficiaries Each Day, Reducing Mortality and Costs 01/09/12

Case managers remotely monitor Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions via a messaging device that asks and records answers to disease-specific and general health questions each day, leading to lower mortality and costs.

Redesigned Inpatient Care Model Increases Quality and Patient Satisfaction, Reduces Costs and Length of Stay 11/29/11

A redesigned inpatient care model based on Toyota Production System principles uses daily multidisciplinary clinical team visits, individualized care plans, and facility and staffing changes to reduce costs and average length of stay and improve adherence to recommended care processes, nurse productivity, and patient, staff, and physician satisfaction.

Community Pediatricians Use Software to Diagnose and Manage Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Leading to Improvements in Symptoms 11/26/11

Pediatricians in community practice use computer software and a manual to diagnose and manage attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, leading to significant improvements in symptoms.

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