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Cross-Agency Mayoral Task Force Promotes Policies and Initiatives To Reduce Prescription Opioid Misuse and Related Problems, Achieves Some Early Successes 04/25/13

A multiagency, cross-disciplinary mayoral task force develops and supports implementation of policies and programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse and its associated problems in New York City—efforts that have prompted many public and private hospital emergency departments to adopt recommended prescribing guidelines, resulting in preliminary indications that fewer opioid painkiller prescriptions are being written and filled in some of the city's emergency departments.

Trained Physicians and Staff in Family Practices Screen for, Treat, and Manage Postpartum Depression, Improving Timeliness of Diagnosis, Access to Treatment, and Outcomes 04/24/13

Family medicine practices received training, tools, and support to assist them in screening, treating, and managing postpartum depression, leading to greater likelihood of diagnosis, enhanced access to treatment and followup support, and better outcomes.

Statewide Measurement and Reporting System Stimulates Quality Improvement in Targeted Clinical Areas, Becomes Standard for Local and National Pay-for-Performance Programs 04/23/13

A statewide measurement and reporting system serves as a single, comprehensive, credible source of information on provider performance, leading to significant improvements in performance over time and to adoption and use of the system by local and national payers and other organizations.

Nurse Practitioner–Staffed Clinic Offers Same-Day, Comprehensive Appointments to Patients With Breast Symptoms, Leading to Faster Diagnosis and Lower Costs 03/22/13

A breast clinic co-located in a radiology department and staffed by an advanced registered nurse practitioner enables prompt evaluation and diagnosis of patients with breast symptoms, leading to lower utilization and costs, increased efficiency for breast surgeons, and high levels of patient satisfaction.

Primary Care Clinic Simultaneously Offers Influenza Shot and Home Testing Kit to Eligible Patients During Influenza Season, Boosting Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate 03/13/13

A primary care clinic serving primarily Cantonese patients offers eligible individuals who come in for a visit during influenza season an influenza shot and a home fecal occult blood test, leading to a significant increase in colorectal cancer screening.

State Legislation Requires Inclusion of Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Continuing Medical Education, Increasing Acceptance of Their Importance by Educational Programs and Clinicians 03/06/13

State legislation requires continuing medical education courses to include curricula related to cultural and linguistic competence in medical practice, leading to a deeper understanding of the importance of these competencies by those offering such courses and the clinicians they serve.

State Legislation Promotes Use of Shared Decisionmaking Through Demonstration Project, Learning Collaborative, and Recognition of Decision Aids as Informed Consent 03/05/13

Multiple pieces of legislation in Washington state are starting to have an impact on use of shared decisionmaking in clinical practice, including a mandated demonstration project, recognition of use of decision aids as informed consent in malpractice cases, and formation of a learning collaborative.

Coordinated, Intensive Medical, Social, and Behavioral Health Services Improve Outcomes and Reduce Utilization for Frequent Emergency Department Users 03/04/13

Intensive, concurrent medical and behavioral health care, addiction services, and social service coordination improve patient outcomes and reduce health system use among patients who historically have been frequent users of emergency departments.

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.

Plan-Supported Medical Home Model Helps Clinics Enhance Access, Improve Quality, and Reduce Admissions for Medicaid Managed Care Enrollees 03/03/13

A plan-supported medical home model used by clinics serving Medicaid managed care beneficiaries enhances access to care, improves quality, and reduces inpatient admissions.

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