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Interdisciplinary Clinic Using Team-Based Approach Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs for Frail, Vulnerable Elderly 11/17/08

An interdisciplinary, hospital-based outpatient clinic staffed by geriatricians and other health professionals cares for seniors with one or more chronic health conditions, leading to improved outcomes and lower costs.

Proactive Assessment and Management of At-Risk Patients Reduces Pressure Ulcers and Saves $11 Million Annually in Two-Hospital System 10/20/08

The NCH Healthcare System's multifaceted program to prevent pressure ulcers in high-risk patients dramatically reduced their prevalence and saved the system more than $11 million annually.

Comprehensive Program Featuring Registry, Self-Management Education, Action Plans, and Home Visits Reduces Asthma-Related Admissions and Emergency Department Visits 10/08/08

A comprehensive asthma management program that includes a registry of all asthma patients, action plans, home visits from nurses, and specialized services for high-risk children led to a reduction in asthma-related hospitalizations and pediatric emergency department visits.

Increasing Patient Health Literacy Leads to Improved Reporting of Medication Allergies 09/24/08

The West Los Angeles Healthcare Center implemented a program to improve nurses' and patients' awareness and reporting of medication allergies and adverse drug reactions. Key program elements include a training module for nurses, educational brochures for patients, and distribution of an allergy/adverse drug reaction questionnaire to patients.

Enhanced Home Health Program Provides Remote Monitoring and Services, Leading to Fewer Hospitalizations and Increased Nurse Productivity 08/16/08

A home health program enhances services to congestive heart failure and other chronically ill patients by supplementing at-home visits with ongoing remote monitoring and services.

Plan-Funded Team Coordinates Enhanced Primary Care and Support Services to At-Risk Seniors, Reducing Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits 08/08/08

Commonwealth Care Alliance developed a health plan that provides low-income, dually eligible, elderly enrollees in Massachusetts with a primary care team made up of a physician, nurse practitioner, and geriatric specialist who work out of the enrollee's primary care clinic.

Comprehensive Heart Failure Program Enhances Adherence to Recommended Care and Reduces Hospital Readmissions 07/25/08

Baystate Medical Center's comprehensive heart failure management program incorporates tools and processes that ensure the provision of all necessary components of care, leading to increased adherence to recommended care and reduced heart failure readmission rates.

Solo Physician's Use of Virtual and Phone Visits, Same-Day Appointments, and Extended In-Person Visits Leads to High Patient Satisfaction and Improved Chronic Disease Outcomes 07/18/08

A solo family practitioner provides 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week access to care for her patients through liberal use of “virtual” or e-mail visits, telephone calls, same-day appointments, and extended office visits.

Online Tools and Services Activate Plan Enrollees and Engage Them in Their Care, Enhance Efficiency, and Improve Satisfaction and Retention 06/22/08

An array of Web-based, interactive tools and services, including an online, shared health record, empowers health plan enrollees to take greater responsibility for their health and health care.

Automated Clinician Prompts and Referrals Facilitate Access to Counseling Services, Leading to Positive Behavior Changes Among Patients 06/13/08

Automated clinician prompts and referrals facilitates access to behavior counseling, leading to improved behaviors related to diet and exercise and higher quit rates among smokers.

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