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Capitated System Identifies, Screens, and Treats Osteoporosis Risks, Preventing Hip Fractures, Saving Lives, and Reducing Costs 04/28/10

A capitated system proactively identifies, screens, and treats those with or at risk for osteoporosis, leading to a 49 percent decline in hip fractures, more than 350 lives saved each year, and tens of millions of dollars in annual cost savings.

Referral System Allows Responders to Connect 911 Callers to Needed Community-Based Services, Reducing Nonemergency Calls 04/08/10

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians use a computer-based system to connect 911 callers, particularly those who call frequently in nonemergency situations, to community-based health, social service, behavioral health, and other services, leading to meaningful reductions in nonemergency calls, particularly among frequent callers.

Corporate Health and Wellness Program Attracts High Levels of Participation, Significantly Reduces Health Risks and Overall Health Care Costs 02/22/10

A comprehensive, customizable corporate health and wellness program has attracted high levels of participation among employees, leading to significant reductions in risk factors, substantial cost savings, and a positive return on investment.

Free Oral Health Services Enhance Self-Esteem and Employability for Individuals Living With HIV/AIDS, the Homeless, and the Uninsured 02/08/10

An oral health clinic offers free, comprehensive services to community members living with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and to low-income individuals who lack health insurance, enhancing access to dental care, self-esteem, and employability.

School-Based Prenatal Care Coordination Program Enhances Access to Culturally Sensitive Care, Improves Birth Outcomes for Immigrant and Minority Teens 02/04/10

A high school–based clinic added an obstetrics care coordination program to provide pregnant Hmong and African-American students with comprehensive and culturally sensitive prenatal care, education, support, and referrals to community resources. The program has led to increased knowledge and confidence among teens and good birth outcomes.

Provider-Lawyer Partnerships Enhance Access to Health-Related Legal Services for Low-Income Rural Patients, Leading to Favorable Resolutions for the Client 02/04/10

Providers and lawyers collaborate to address the underlying legal problems affecting the health status of low-income rural patients and their families, leading to enhanced access to legal services, many favorably resolved cases, and high levels of satisfaction for clients.

Electronic Referrals and Communications Reduce Wait Times for Specialty Appointments and Improve Clinician Communication and Quality of Care 01/27/10

Electronic communications between primary care clinicians and specialists enhance access to specialty expertise for patients served by a hospital's referral network of safety net clinics.

Counseling and Care Coordination for Patients With Advanced Illness Lead to More Patients Completing Advance Directives and Less Use of Inpatient Care 01/10/10

Counseling and care coordination for patients with advanced illnesses improved patient–provider communication and the quality of medical care and decisionmaking support, leading to more patients completing advance directives and lower inpatient care requirements.

Monthly Clinic Enhances Access to Culturally Competent Cancer Screening and Primary Care for Rural, Low-Income Hispanic Women Over Age 40 01/07/10

A monthly clinic provides culturally competent cancer screening and educational information to rural, low-income Hispanic women over the age of 40 years, leading to enhanced access to such screenings and to increased use of primary care.

Clinicians in Tertiary Hospital Monitor Critical Care Patients in Rural Facilities via Telemedicine, Leading to Reductions in Mortality, Length of Stay, Patient Transfers, and Costs 01/05/10

Clinicians in a tertiary hospital continuously monitor and intervene as necessary with critical care patients in rural facilities via telemedicine, leading to reductions in mortality, length of stay, number of patient transfers, and costs.

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