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Alliance Creates Community Health Workers' Scope of Practice, Training Curriculum, Certificate Program, and Reimbursement Strategy, Expanding Their Integration Into the Health System to Reduce Health Disparities 08/12/12

A statewide consortium of community health workers, public agencies, and nonprofits aimed to reduce health disparities by developing a standardized scope of practice, creating a training and certificate program and a stable funding strategy to secure reimbursement from Medicaid. Their work resulted in greater integration for these workers in the health care work force.

Verizon Encourages Health Plans to Identify and Address Disparities, Leading to Enhanced Access to Information and Services for Minorities 08/08/12

Verizon adopted a policy related to selecting vendors that emphasizes the ability to identify and address health disparities, leading to enhanced access to information and screening services for racial and ethnic minority employees, dependents, and retirees.

Medical Center Improves Collection and Analysis of Demographic Information, Leading to Better Interpretation Services and Higher Quality Cardiac Care 07/23/12

A medical center uses a standard protocol to improve collection of racial, ethnic, and language data from patients, leading to better interpretation services for patients with limited English proficiency and to more consistent, higher quality care for cardiac patients.

Partnership Between Private Practice Providers and Hospitals Enhances Access to Comprehensive Dental Care for Underserved, Low-Income Pregnant Women 07/12/12

A partnership among a periodontist, hospitals, state-funded health clinics, and area dentists enhances access to comprehensive dental care and education about oral hygiene to thousands of low-income pregnant women.

Remote Interpretation Delivered via Simple and Inexpensive Videoconferencing Technology Generates High Satisfaction Among Patients and Clinicians at Outpatient Clinic 06/25/12

An outpatient clinic pilot tested use of widely available, inexpensive, easily implemented consumer videoconferencing technology to provide Spanish-speaking patients with an offsite interpreter during appointments, generating high levels of satisfaction among both patients and clinicians.

Removing Restrictions and Barriers to Supportive Housing for Late-Stage Alcoholics Reduces Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol-Related Symptoms, and Costs 06/20/12

A supportive housing program for late-stage alcoholics who frequently use crisis services features policies that reduce traditional barriers and restrictions to obtaining housing, leading to reductions in alcohol abuse, alcohol-related symptoms, and costs.

Formalized, Technology-Enabled Referral Relationships Between Medical Center and Community Clinics Enhance Access and Reduce Inappropriate Emergency Department Visits 06/15/12

A collaborative program leverages information technology to connect ED patients to a medical home and patients receiving care at FQHCs and county health clinics to specialists, leading to enhanced access to care, fewer ED visits, and significant cost savings.

Emergency Department–Based Case Managers Throughout County Electronically Schedule Clinic Appointments for Underserved Patients, Allowing Many to Establish a Medical Home 06/12/12

Emergency department–based case managers at nine Milwaukee hospitals use electronic technologies to schedule and track attendance at follow-up clinic appointments for low-income, uninsured patients who come to the emergency department with nonurgent needs, allowing many such patients to establish a medical home.

Financial Incentives Do Not Improve Glucose Control in African-American Veterans With Diabetes 06/08/12

Financial incentives of up to $200 did not produce a meaningful decline in blood glucose levels in African-American veterans with diabetes.

Telephone-Based Mentoring From Demographically Similar Peers Improves Diabetes Control in African-American Veterans 06/04/12

African-American veterans with diabetes who had their blood glucose under control mentored patients with a similar background who did not, leading to significant reductions in blood glucose levels.

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