Issue Archive

2009

Issue Date: 09/16/09
Despite rising health care costs, employee health is worsening. This combination of factors threatens corporate viability and the sustainability of the American health care system. As the largest provider of health care coverage, employers offer the potential to exert transformative leadership,...
Issue Date: 09/02/09
A Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) provides an interdisciplinary coordinated approach to delivering primary care and other services to patients based on their needs. There are currently more than two dozen different PCMH pilot projects and as many different models represented across the country...
Issue Date: 08/19/09
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has found that one-fourth of the country's 16,000 nursing homes have serious deficiencies that cause actual harm to residents or place their health and safety at risk. The featured innovations describe quality improvement efforts to reduce high rates of...
Issue Date: 08/05/09
The Institute of Medicine has recommended that hospitals and medical groups adopt electronic medical record (EMR) systems, electronic order entry and prescribing, and other process improvements to improve patient care and safety. However, physicians have been slow to adopt health information...
Issue Date: 07/20/09
Hospital readmissions are common and costly. One in five Medicare patients were readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of being discharged in 2003 and 2004, which generated an estimated total of $17.4 billion in hospital payments in 2004, according to an April 2, 2009 New England Journal of...
Issue Date: 07/06/09
About 14 percent of all children in the United States are at increased risk of chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions that require multiple health care services, according to a Maternal and Child Health Bureau survey. Yet, children with disabilities often do not receive...
Issue Date: 06/22/09
Programs that use community health workers and telephone consultations may help women at-risk for health problems especially in underserved communities. The featured innovations describe the use of these components to advance women's health while the featured QualityTools describe practical aides...
Issue Date: 06/08/09
Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and despite effective treatments, individuals typically don't seek and receive treatment until several years later, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.  The featured innovations and QualityTools...
Issue Date: 05/25/09
Clinical practice guidelines are more likely to lead to quality care when they are evidence-based and actionable.  AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse has more than 2,000 current guidelines that meet specific criteria.  The featured innovations and QualityTools describe a range of guideline...
Issue Date: 05/11/09
Asthma is a common disease that affects an estimated 22 million Americans including more than 6 million children, according to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. The featured content describes innovations and QualityTools that focus on asthma education and self-management.
Issue Date: 04/27/09
The featured content describes innovations and QualityTools that focus on integrating screening and other preventive services with clinical patient care.
Issue Date: 04/13/09
More than 23 million children and adolescents are overweight or obese in the United States. They are at increased risk of heart disease and stroke, diabetes, asthma and certain types of cancer, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's program on obesity.   The featured...
Issue Date: 03/30/09
Patient safety experts have identified effective teamwork as an essential factor in reducing medical errors. Encouraging team approaches to health care delivery can increase communication timeliness and accuracy and reduce adverse events.  The featured profiles describe programs designed to enhance...
Issue Date: 03/16/09
According to the National Center for Cultural Competence, providing culturally competent health care services requires an understanding of:    cultural beliefs, values, traditions and practices; culturally defined, health-related needs of individuals, families and communities...
Issue Date: 03/02/09
The rate of medical errors in American hospitals remains high. About 1 million patient safety incidents occurred in approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalizations between 2004 and 2006, according to the Fifth Annual HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study. (If you don't have the...
Issue Date: 02/16/09
In today's fragmented health care system, there is a lack of coordination and continuity of care when patients transition from hospital to home or to another health care institution. The featured innovations describe programs designed to improve patient care upon hospital discharge and patient...
Issue Date: 02/02/09
The featured innovations describe "pathways" programs involving community health workers or counselors who implement action steps to connect at-risk people to needed health care care and services.
Issue Date: 01/19/09
According to the 2007 U.S. Census Bureau, 45.7 million Americans lack health insurance. The featured innovations describe programs that are designed to increase access to and use of health care services.

2008

Issue Date: 12/22/08
Ninety million Americans have difficulty understanding and acting on health information, according to the 2004 Institute of Medicine Report: Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion.   The featured innovations describe health care programs or processes that address the literacy needs of...
Issue Date: 12/08/08
The featured innovations focus on improving service coordination and delivery through collaborative arrangements among health care providers and community organizations.
Issue Date: 11/24/08
The featured innovations focus on providing outreach and community-based services to high-risk populations.
Issue Date: 11/10/08
The featured innovations focus on improving access to care through multidisciplinary and culturally competent teams and evidence-based approaches to teamwork.
Issue Date: 10/27/08
The US Census Bureau has projected that nearly one in five Americans will be age 65 or older by 2030, which will increase the demand for health care services. The featured innovations, by providing outreach to the elderly, preventive services, and care management, may reduce the need for intensive...
Issue Date: 10/13/08
This issue focuses on cultural competence, which embraces the principles of equal access and non-discriminatory practices in service delivery. Cultural competence is achieved by identifying and understanding the needs and help-seeking behaviors of individuals and families, according to the National...
Issue Date: 09/29/08
The featured innovations describe nurse-led hospital interventions and home health programs in which nurses play a key role.  The featured QualityTools provide a range of educational resources for nurses and nursing assistants.

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