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State Medicaid Program Reimburses for Physical Health and Wellness Services Provided by Mental Health Peers, Leading to Anecdotal Reports of Improved Outcomes 01/16/14

The Georgia Medicaid program expanded the definition of reimbursable services provided by mental health peer specialists to include physical health and wellness services, resulting in the training and certification of 175 such specialists to provide these services and in anecdotal reports of improved physical health outcomes among clients who receive the services.

Data-Driven System Helps Emergency Medical Services Identify Frequent Callers and Connect Them to Community Services, Reducing Transports and Costs 12/30/13

An emergency medical services system uses a data-driven program to identify frequent 911 callers and facilitate access to community-based medical, social service, and other interventions to address their underlying needs, leading to significant reductions in emergency transports and associated costs.

Mental Health Center Provides Integrated Primary Care and Care Coordination to Medicaid Beneficiaries With Severe Mental Illness, Enhancing Access to Services and Improving Outcomes 12/20/13

With support from State funding, a community mental health center provides integrated mental health, primary care, care coordination, and wellness services to Medicaid beneficiaries with severe and persistent mental illness, leading to better chronic disease outcomes.

Reference-Pricing Policy for Hip/Knee Replacements Generates Significant Savings by Encouraging Enrollees To Choose High-Value Facilities 12/18/13

The California Public Employees' Retirement System generated significant cost savings by adopting reference pricing for hip and knee replacement procedures, causing enrollees to migrate to high-value facilities and encouraging high-price hospitals to lower their fees.

Emergency Department Uses Tool To Identify At-Risk Patients in Need of HIV Testing, Leading to Same Number of Newly Diagnosed Patients with Fewer Screening Tests 12/18/13

An emergency department uses an eight-variable risk assessment tool to determine which patients should be tested for undiagnosed HIV, leading to the identification of the same number of HIV-positive patients as through universal screening, thus suggesting greater cost-effectiveness.

Daily Bathing With Antiseptic Agent Significantly Reduces Risk of Hospital-Acquired Infections in Intensive Care Unit Patients 12/18/13

Nurses and nurse aids in intensive care units bathe patients each day using washcloths impregnated with an antiseptic agent, leading to a significant reduction in hospital-acquired infections.

Peer Specialists in Federally Qualified Health Centers Enhance Access to Behavioral and Physical Health Support Services for Clients With Co-Occurring Medical and Mental Health Issues 12/13/13

Certified peer specialists provide emotional support, education, links to community services, and other support to individuals with co-occurring medical and mental health diagnoses at two Michigan federally qualified health centers, generating high levels of satisfaction and anecdotal reports of improvements in physical and mental health.

Community Health Workers Known as Promotores Enhance Access to Culturally Tailored Services for Elderly, Low-Income Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Leading to Improvements in Mental Health 12/05/13

Community health workers known as promotores enhance access to culturally competent mental health education and services, leading to improvements in mental health status and literacy for elderly racial and ethnic minorities.

Foundation Develops Community-Based HIV Testing and Partnerships With Medical Homes, Leading to More Timely Linkages to Care for Newly Diagnosed Patients 11/25/13

A local foundation developed community-based testing programs and partnerships with medical homes to provide real-time linkages to HIV care to newly diagnosed patients and to support these patients in transitioning to care, nearly doubling the number of patients initiating treatment.
 

Emergency Department and Urgent Care Clinicians Use Protocol To Reduce Opioid Prescriptions for Patients Suspected of Abusing Controlled Substances 11/13/13

Emergency department and urgent care physicians and nurses use a protocol to help them decide how to treat patients complaining of pain who may be abusing controlled substances, leading to significantly fewer such patients receiving prescriptions for opioids.

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