Issue Archive

2013

Issue Date: 09/11/13
On January 1, 2014, Medicaid expansion will take effect as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, expanding coverage to millions of low-income Americans. In preparation, several States have begun to implement changes in Medicaid policies and programs that facilitate enrollment and...
Issue Date: 08/28/13
In shared decisionmaking, patients and clinicians jointly make treatment-related decisions based on available evidence, patient preferences, and personal values. The use of decision aids including video-based, electronic, and paper-based tools can support this process and help patients understand...
Issue Date: 08/14/13
The United States continues to be a melting pot of people with diverse cultures and languages; in some cases, cultural and linguistic differences can present barriers to health care delivery. It is increasingly important for health care providers to understand and respond effectively to the...
Issue Date: 07/31/13
Developing, strengthening, and sustaining effective collaboration among clinical providers and community organizations can help achieve the common goal of improving the health of people and the communities in which they live. Clinical–community collaboration can bring preventive and primary health...
Issue Date: 07/17/13
Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) provide access to primary care for medically underserved populations including those that are uninsured or covered by Medicaid. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, FQHCs that received federal grant funding served 18.8 million...
Issue Date: 07/03/13
Value-based reimbursement models aim to improve quality and reduce costs by creating incentives for providers to deliver high-quality rather than volume-driven care. Federal and State programs are implementing policies and payment structures that reflect a movement away from the traditional fee-for...
Issue Date: 06/19/13
The integration of behavioral health services−including the identification and assessment of mental health and substance abuse issues−with primary care can help ensure patients receive needed services, leading to improved health outcomes and cost savings. The featured Innovations describe...
Issue Date: 06/05/13
In today's health care system, patients often interact with multiple providers, posing a challenge for care coordination across settings. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, State and local health care systems are given incentives to implement health information exchanges (HIEs),...
Issue Date: 05/22/13
The National Rural Health Association defines frontier communities as having fewer than seven people per square mile and being farther than 30 miles or 30 minutes from a primary care facility. In frontier settings in the United States, weather and distance can hinder patients' access to dental and...
Issue Date: 05/08/13
The accountable care organization (ACO) concept represents a new payment and delivery model in which a group of coordinated health care providers—primary care physicians, specialists, and hospitals—are collectively accountable for the quality and cost of care delivered to a defined group of...
Issue Date: 04/24/13
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, chronic diseases are responsible for 70% of deaths in America each year, and 75% of the nation's health care spending focuses on chronic conditions. Using patient-reported data to help manage chronic disease care and reduce costs is...
Issue Date: 04/10/13
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 50,000 people in the United States become infected each year with HIV, yet many are unaware of their HIV status because they have not been tested. Easily accessible testing for HIV and other related health risks can ensure that those who...
Issue Date: 03/27/13
Many adolescents, particularly those in minority and low-income communities, lack access to health information, preventive care, and clinical services, leaving them at-risk for untreated physical and mental health issues. School-based health care delivery can improve access to care and address the...
Issue Date: 03/13/13
When appropriate for particular patients, the delivery of health care services on an outpatient basis or in non-hospital settings can reduce costly use of hospital emergency departments and inpatient admissions. The featured Innovations describe one program that decreased emergency department...
Issue Date: 02/27/13
According to the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (If you don't have the software to open this PDF, download free Adobe Acrobat Reader® software.), approximately 25% of children aged 3 to 9 years and living in poverty had untreated dental caries. Also at risk in this...
Issue Date: 02/13/13
According to a 2010 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute, overall cancer screening rates in the United States remain below national targets and disparities persist among racial and ethnic groups. Efforts to increase screening can help identify...
Issue Date: 01/30/13
Use of the patient-centered medical home model in primary care settings can improve quality, reduce costs, and increase accessibility of health care. Providers are now applying principles of the medical home to the delivery of specialty care in an effort to provide comprehensive, coordinated care...
Issue Date: 01/16/13
Patient-centered hospital design can improve patient care and satisfaction, as well as quality of services, safety, and employee retention. Studies have found links between improved design and reductions in medication errors, patient falls, and hospital-acquired infections. Institutions are finding...

2012

Issue Date: 12/19/12
Low-income, urban, and minority children often have poor access to appropriate health care and experience higher rates of asthma, obesity, and other chronic health conditions. In addition to lack of adequate health insurance, cultural and linguistic barriers prevent many children from receiving...
Issue Date: 12/05/12
Many Americans do not receive recommended preventive care services, and lack of preventive care can affect health outcomes and lead to increased use of health care services. The featured Innovations describe ways that health information technologies can be used to enhance provision of...
Issue Date: 11/21/12
Inappropriate prescribing leads to increased resistance to and reduced effectiveness of antibiotic medications. Physicians and patients may be unaware of guidelines on the use of antibiotics for viral infections, and patients and parents may not realize that their inappropriate use can be...
Issue Date: 11/07/12
Individuals that lack adequate health insurance, are low-income, or reside in rural areas often cannot access preventive and primary care services and do not have a regular source of care. As a result, health problems may go undiagnosed and/or untreated, increasing the long-term risk of serious...
Issue Date: 10/24/12
The aging of baby boomers and an increased need to contain hospital costs in the United States has led many organizations to fine tune their services for patients who are in need of palliative care. Most patients prefer to remain in their home at this time of their life; palliative and coordinated...
Issue Date: 10/10/12
An increasing number of health care systems and providers offer services and tools that encourage and empower patients to take an active role in their own health care. The ability to access medical records, test results, and other health information online can increase patient involvement and...
Issue Date: 09/26/12
State legislative initiatives play an important role in efforts to improve health care services and patient outcomes. Statewide programs that demonstrate the value of health care innovation can provide models for other states seeking to achieve similar goals. The featured policy Innovations...

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