A children’s hospital created a paid position where parents work to promote patient- and family-centered care, leading to an eightfold increase in the number of patient and family advisors working on hospital committees and to many committee-generated improvements that have increased parent and staff satisfaction.
Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston, Inc., creates a gateway to medical homes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender women and transgender men through a program that combines culturally competent outreach, education, screening, and patient navigation.
Community Health Access Program helps patients who call 911with nonemergent needs. The dispatcher sends a specially trained paramedic, known as an advanced practice paramedic, to the scene along with the ambulance to confirm that the patient does not need emergency care and then either provide treatment, schedule an appointment with a primary care provider, or arrange for same-day transport to a health resource center.
Virginia Mason Medical Center created a spine clinic that provides rapid, efficient treatment for uncomplicated low back pain, with the goal of allowing patients to return to their jobs and other regular activities as soon as possible.
A county health department's sexually transmitted disease awareness campaign targeting young minority women offers a free home test kit and improves access to testing and treatment, especially among African Americans and Latinas.
A physician-led practice offers integrated, coordinated care under capitated contracts to high-risk, moderate- and low-income seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, leading to high levels of adherence to recommended screening services, good blood glucose control among patients with diabetes, below-average use of inpatient services, high patient satisfaction, and improvements in patient access to medications.
A regional health commission made up of a diverse group of stakeholders promotes various activities and policies to support the safety-net health system, enhancing access to coverage, medical and dental care, and medical homes, and reducing readmissions and inappropriate use of the emergency department.
Primary care clinics integrate a full-time behavioral health team and part-time consulting psychiatrist into the practice, enhancing access to behavioral health services, helping patients become more engaged in their own care, and increasing primary care clinician involvement in addressing patients' behavioral health issues.
Methadone treatment centers provided drug users with access to screening and care for hepatitis, including education and counseling based on motivational interviewing principles, onsite testing and vaccinations, referrals for additional assessments and treatment, and ongoing case management services, leading to enhanced access to hepatitis vaccinations and clinical evaluations and treatment.
Supported by a central data repository, a statewide managed care plan for children and young adults in foster care provides ongoing care coordination, linkages to community-based services, and psychotropic drug utilization reviews, leading to better care access, better followup after mental illness hospitalization, and less use of psychotropic drugs.