Primary care practices use a software-facilitated process to proactively schedule and efficiently complete required components of Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit and to identify and address care gaps, leading to improvements in the provision of preventive services and high physician and patient satisfaction.
In a partnership between a hospital and four community-based organizations, bilingual community health workers help low-income, predominantly Latino families with asthmatic children better manage the disease, leading to fewer asthma-related symptoms, hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and missed school days.
A dedicated inpatient unit features a physical environment, staffing, policies, and services tailored to women with severe perinatal depression, leading to improvements in outcomes and high levels of patient satisfaction.
Regulations from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services mandated that all substance abuse treatment facilities in the state become tobacco free and integrate smoking cessation education and therapy into the treatment of other addictions. The regulation resulted in increased access to cessation services and reduced smoking rates among patients and staff as well as some cost savings.
A state-funded program gives individuals with mental illness a quarterly allowance for mental health and wellness services that can be spent at their own discretion, allowing them to spend more time living in the community and to function more effectively.
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 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.
A statewide, multipayer pilot program provides technical and financial support to physician practices interested in becoming patient-centered medical homes, leading to all participating practices being recognized as medical homes and to anecdotal reports of better access and higher quality.
Specially trained and certified lay workers known as “Grand-Aides” use illness-specific protocols to ensure that patients receive appropriate treatment in primary care settings and to ease the transition from hospital to home after discharge. The primary care-based program has reduced unnecessary visits and demonstrated the potential to reduce costs. Early data from one hospital program show significant reductions in readmissions.
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.