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Locating Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Health Plan Centers Enhances Access and Reduces Utilization of Inpatient Psychiatric Services for Community-Dwelling Frail Seniors 08/06/09

A mental and behavioral health team periodically works onsite at health plan centers to facilitate patient access to mental health services, reducing psychiatric inpatient utilization and generating high levels of staff satisfaction.

Text Messaging Program Increases Awareness and Concern About Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among At-Risk Youth, Particularly African Americans 04/23/09

SexInfo provided free basic information and referrals for inperson health consultations to at-risk youth in San Francisco via an opt-in text-messaging service.

Mobile Clinic Provides Comprehensive Medical Home for Homeless and At-Risk Youth, Reducing Emergency Department Visits and Increasing Followup Care 02/09/09

A mobile health clinic provides a medical home to homeless and other at-risk youth, leading to fewer emergency department visits, more follow up care, and high levels of satisfaction.

Virtual Teams That Coordinate Care for Chronically Ill Geriatric Patients Reduce Emergency Department Visits and Improve Medication Compliance, Referral Patterns, and Patient Outcomes 01/22/09

Primary care physicians and offsite clinicians use communications technology to enhance coordination of care for geriatric patients with chronic health problems, leading to fewer emergency department visits, enhanced patient satisfaction and understanding of medications, and more referrals for needed care.

Oral Health Program Enhances Access to Culturally Sensitive Dental Care for Refugees and Asylum Seekers 01/06/09

The Program for Refugee Oral Health enhances access to oral health services among refugees and asylum seekers in Massachusetts by providing free screenings, referrals for urgent and preventive care, culturally appropriate education, and training for medical practitioners.

Community Partnerships Target High-Risk Populations, Leading to More Effective, Lower-Cost Hepatitis Screening 11/20/08

The St. Luke's Texas Liver Coalition revamped its strategic approach to screening for hepatitis C, shifting away from screening the general population at health fairs to forming partnerships with various community-based organizations that work with high-risk populations.

County-Wide Collaborative Uses Pathways Model to Enhance Access to Insurance, Primary Care, and Mental Health Services for Low-Income Children 11/17/08

Using the Pathways model, Access El Dorado helps low-income families navigate the health care system, obtain health information, and access appropriate medical and mental health services, leading to fewer emergency department visits.

Multidisciplinary Program Combining Medical, Counseling, and Behavior Modification Services Helps Overweight Children and Adolescents Lose Weight, Reduce Body Mass Index 10/29/08

The Optimal Weight for Life program provides medical evaluation, nutritional counseling, and behavior modification services to overweight and obese children, leading to reductions in body mass index, weight, fat mass, and insulin resistance.

Implementation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Guidelines With Community-Based Physicians Results in Fewer Hospital Referrals and Improved Outcomes 10/24/08

A children's hospital works with community-based primary care physicians to increase adherence to established guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Clinical Pharmacists Provide Outpatient Medication Management to Patients With Severe Diabetes and Those on Anticoagulants, Leading to Improved Outcomes and Lower Costs 10/23/08

Clinical pharmacists working in 13 community health centers provide medication reconciliation, monitoring, dosage adjustments, and education to high-risk patients, including those with severe diabetes and those on anticoagulants.

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