Policies and procedures
The State of Connecticut offers employees, retirees, and dependents significant financial incentives to access appropriate care and engage in their health, leading to high participation rates, more appropriate utilization of health care resources, better medication adherence, and slower growth in costs.
A federally qualified health center serving primarily low-income, minority patients offers telemedicine-based retinal screening as part of a comprehensive annual visit for patients with diabetes, leading to enhanced access to screening, lower costs, and higher patient satisfaction.
A five-question electronic survey given to emergency department patients identifies a high proportion with potential eating disorders, suggesting the potential for the emergency department to be an effective venue for early diagnosis and connections to community-based treatment and support.
Nurses come to the home of families with newborns to perform a comprehensive assessment of risk factors and provide education and support, leading to better connections to community resources, improved parenting skills, higher quality and safety in the home environment, and significantly fewer infant medical emergencies.
An online clinic enhances access to and reduces the costs of care for 40 minor health problems that can safely be handled without a face-to-face visit, generating significant time savings and positive feedback from patients, physicians, and payers.
In partnership with community-based, nonprofit agencies that serve refugees, a county health department uses a culturally tailored screening tool to identify refugees at high risk for mental health problems and connect them to a counselor for more thorough diagnosis and, if necessary, treatment.
A multiagency, cross-disciplinary mayoral task force develops and supports implementation of policies and programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse and its associated problems in New York City—efforts that have prompted many public and private hospital emergency departments to adopt recommended prescribing guidelines, resulting in preliminary indications that fewer opioid painkiller prescriptions are being written and filled in some of the city's emergency departments.
Family medicine practices received training, tools, and support to assist them in screening, treating, and managing postpartum depression, leading to greater likelihood of diagnosis, enhanced access to treatment and followup support, and better outcomes.
A public health plan developed a Web-based software platform that enables primary care physicians in federally qualified health centers to consult electronically with “specialist reviewers” before referring the patient to a specialist, leading to fewer unnecessary referrals and shorter wait times for patients who need to see a specialist.
Public health and community-based agencies throughout Massachusetts teach thousands of potential bystanders how to prevent, recognize, and respond to an opioid-related overdose (including administering a drug to reverse the effects), leading to a significant decline in deaths.