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Comprehensive Bundle of Strategies Improves Emergency Department Turnaround Time, Reduces Boarding Time and Patients Leaving Without Being Treated 02/08/13

A comprehensive bundle of process improvement strategies improved patient turnaround time in the emergency department, which in turn led to fewer patients leaving before being treated.

Behavioral Health Clinic Offers Onsite Primary Care to Low-Income Asians With Severe Mental Illness, Enhancing Access and Facilitating Improvements in Physical Health 01/25/13

A behavioral health clinic maintains an onsite primary care clinic that provides culturally competent care to low-income Asian Americans with serious mental illness, enhancing access to such care and facilitating modest improvements in physical health.

Medicaid Reimbursement and Training Enable Primary Care Providers to Deliver Preventive Dental Care at Well-Child Visits, Enhancing Access for Low-Income Children 01/03/13

As part of a comprehensive initiative, State legislation enables trained primary care medical providers to receive Medicaid reimbursement for preventive dental care provided during well-child visits, enhancing access to these services for low-income children younger than 6 years.

Free Skin Cancer Screening and Education at Beaches and Other Outdoor Venues Identify Many With Suspected Cancer, Enhance Knowledge of Protective Strategies 10/29/12

Local organizations and volunteers provide free skin cancer education and screenings at beaches and other outdoor venues each summer, enhancing access to these services for thousands of at-risk individuals, identifying many with suspected cancer, and increasing knowledge about strategies to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

State Legislation Supports Professional Development of Community Health Workers, Leading to Greater Professional Recognition, Enhancements in Training, and Funding 10/15/12

An alliance of government and not-for-profit agencies aided the passage of various legislative provisions in Massachusetts designed to create a more stable, systemic role for community health workers, leading to greater professional recognition, an expanded workforce and training infrastructure, and increased funding of services.

State-Mandated Tobacco Ban, Integration of Cessation Services, and Other Policies Reduce Smoking Among Patients and Staff at Substance Abuse Treatment Centers 09/04/12

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.

State-Mandated Tracking and Public Reporting Reduce Incidence and Costs of Common Hospital-Acquired Infections 07/23/12

As required by law, hospitals in New York track and report information on select hospital-acquired infections to the State Department of Health, which publicly releases hospital-specific performance data and supports hospitals with quality improvement initiatives; the program has reduced infection rates and generated substantial cost savings.

Coordinated Treatment and Support Enhance Access to Care for Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury and Their Families 11/02/11

A partnership between academic medicine and a major-league sports team enhances access to care by providing treatment and support to veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder and their families, generating high levels of patient satisfaction.

In-School, Portable Clinic Brings Comprehensive Dental Care to Impoverished Hispanic Children 10/19/11

A portable clinic uses specially designed equipment to bring full-service dental care to elementary schools serving impoverished, immigrant, and uninsured children.

School System Renovates High School Track and Promotes Its Availability to the Community, Leading to Increased Use by Students and Residents 08/10/11

A public school system renovated the athletic track at the system's only high school and promoted it as an attractive place to exercise, leading to increased use of the track by students, individual residents, and community groups, and to anecdotal reports of weight loss and improved cardiovascular health.

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