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Safety-Net Hospital Enhances Access to Specialty Care by Immediately Notifying Surgical Oncologists About Patients With Imaging Results That Suggest Possible Gastrointestinal Malignancy 05/23/13

A safety-net hospital enhances access to timely specialist care by revamping its critical results reporting system to immediately notify surgical oncologists of imaging results that suggest a possible gastrointestinal malignancy.

Hospital–Retail Pharmacy Partnership Provides Inhospital and Postdischarge Support to At-Risk Patients, Leading to Fewer Readmissions and High Patient Satisfaction 05/22/13

A partnership between a hospital and retail pharmacy company provides inhospital and postdischarge support to patients at high risk of readmission, leading to fewer readmissions and high levels of patient satisfaction.

State Plan Offers Employees Incentives To Access Needed Services and Health Enhancement Activities, Leading to High Participation, More Appropriate Utilization, and Slower Cost Growth 05/20/13

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.

Emergency Department Screening Identifies Many Patients With Possible Eating Disorders, Suggesting Potential to Facilitate Earlier Diagnosis and Connection to Treatment 05/08/13

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.

Online Clinic Enhances Access to and Reduces Costs of Care for Minor Health Problems, Generates Significant Time Savings and High Satisfaction Among Patients 05/03/13

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.

Cross-Agency Mayoral Task Force Promotes Policies and Initiatives To Reduce Prescription Opioid Misuse and Related Problems, Achieves Some Early Successes 04/25/13

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.

Electronic Specialist Consultations Reduce Unnecessary Referrals and Wait Times for Specialty Appointments for Uninsured and Underinsured Patients 04/23/13

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.

Coordinated, Intensive Medical, Social, and Behavioral Health Services Improve Outcomes and Reduce Utilization for Frequent Emergency Department Users 03/04/13

Intensive, concurrent medical and behavioral health care, addiction services, and social service coordination improve patient outcomes and reduce health system use among patients who historically have been frequent users of emergency departments.

Statewide Policy and Practice Changes Encourage Primary Care Providers To Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Youth 02/28/13

As part of a larger statewide, collaborative initiative targeting four key settings, a pediatric health system promotes policy and practice changes in primary care, leading to increased support by providers in helping youth adopt healthier behaviors.

Inclusive Policies, Communication Protocols and Ongoing Training Lead to Culturally Competent Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients 02/27/13

A medical center implemented new policies, systems, communication protocols and training programs to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients, leading to more equitable, culturally competent care.

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