Mental Illness Care
Mental Illness Care Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Individuals with mental illness often relapse and are hospitalized when they don’t adhere to their medications, lack supportive services, and/or abuse substances.
Care coordinators play a vital role in reducing hospital readmissions by helping individuals with psychiatric conditions obtain mental health, medical, and social services.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that used care coordinators to assess, monitor, and connect individuals with mental illness to needed services.
The featured QualityTools provide practical tools to assist providers in improving communication and care coordination for individuals with mental illness.
- Care Coordinators Support Individuals With Severe Mental Illness, Leading to Improved Quality of Life and Lower Costs
- Care Coordinators Remotely Monitor Chronically Ill Veterans via Messaging Device, Leading to Lower Inpatient Utilization and Costs
- Health Plan and Psychiatric Hospitals Reduce Readmissions by Reviewing Data and Developing Strategies to Improve Postdischarge Care
Also in This Issue:
- Chronic Care and Disease Management Improves Health, Reduces Costs for Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions in an Integrated Health System
- Disease Management Programs Improve Adherence to Evidence-Based Processes and Outcomes by Targeting Sickest Patients and Working Closely With Physicians
- Culturally Competent Community Health Workers Improve Outcomes and Reduce Inpatient Utilization Among Inner-City HIV/AIDS Patients
- Counselor-Led House Calls Reduce Symptoms and Hospitalizations, Improve Quality of Life Among Elders With Depression
- Systematic Tracking and Analysis of Admissions for Chemotherapy Toxicity Inform Quality Improvement Efforts, Leading to Reduced Toxicity Risk
- Hospital Partnership Offers Pathways-Based Case Management Program, Leading to Enhanced Access to Appropriate Care for Uninsured