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Statewide Health Information Exchange Generates High Levels of Participation and Many Reports of Improved Quality and Efficiency 02/26/13

The nation's first statewide health information exchange, the Delaware Health Information Network gives clinicians immediate access to patient-specific health data from other providers, leading to higher quality and more efficient care.

National Academy and Affiliated State Chapters Support Pediatricians in Improving Asthma Care, Leading to Better Guideline Adherence and Disease Control, Fewer Acute Episodes 02/26/13

The American Academy of Pediatrics and four of its state chapters trained and supported pediatric practices on asthma care, leading to better adherence to established guidelines and improved asthma control.

Self-Directed Budget Enhances Access to Home Health and Other Needed Services, Resulting in Fewer Unmet Needs, Better Health Outcomes, and High Satisfaction for Medicaid Beneficiaries 02/22/13

A program known as Cash & Counseling gives Medicaid enrollees a monthly allowance for home care and related services that they can spend at their own discretion, leading to enhanced access to services, fewer unmet needs, improved health outcomes, and high levels of beneficiary satisfaction.

Initiative Features Fixed Monthly Payments to Primary Care Clinics for Providing Depression Care Bundle, Allowing Many Patients to Achieve Good Outcomes 02/19/13

A collaborative initiative features standardized care elements and fixed per-patient payments for treatment of depression in the primary care setting, leading to high rates of remission and response to treatment and high levels of provider satisfaction.

Multistakeholder Community Collaborative Spurs Development of Initiatives That Collectively Have Improved Blood Pressure Control Among Hypertensive Individuals 02/19/13

A multistakeholder collaborative, the Rochester Blood Pressure Initiative supports the development and implementation of a variety of provider-, employer-, and community-based programs that have collectively improved blood pressure control among hypertensive individuals in metropolitan Rochester, NY.

New York State Legislation Leads to More HIV Testing and Linking of HIV-Positive Patients to Followup Care 02/19/13

A New York State law requires hospitals and primary care providers to offer an HIV test to all patients between the ages of 13 and 64 years, streamlines the consent process, and requires providers to schedule patients with positive results for followup care; the law increased testing rates and helped link HIV-positive patients to care.

Health Plan Leadership Promotes Shared Decisionmaking Through Use of Decision Aids by Surgeons, Contributing To Lower Joint Replacement Rates and Overall Health Care Costs 02/15/13

A health plan supports providers in orthopedic clinics in distributing decision aids to patients and using shared decisionmaking, contributing to reductions in joint replacement surgeries and overall health care costs.

Hospital HIV Clinic Offers Convenient, Proactive Screening for Anal Cancer, Enabling Identification and Treatment of Precancerous Lesions 02/11/13

An HIV clinic proactively encourages men with HIV to be screened for anal cancer each year and makes it easy for them to do so, leading to enhanced access to screening and the identification and removal of precancerous lesions.

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.

Health Department Promotes Implementation and Use of Electronic Health Records in Underserved Areas To Improve Clinical Preventive Services in Primary Care 02/07/13

The health department in New York City uses subsidies, upfront and ongoing technical support, and quality of care feedback to promote implementation and use of electronic health records by primary care practices in medically underserved areas, leading to better care for patients in these practices.

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