Tennessee

Innovations

Health Plan's Multifaceted Strategy Involving Care Coordination, Disease Management and Physician Incentives Leads to Better Outcomes and Reduced Costs for Medicare Advantage Enrollees 03/03/13

HealthSpring, a Medicare managed care organization, developed a Partnership for Quality program that offers financial bonuses to selected medical practices, along with onsite practice coordinators...

Church-Health System Partnership Facilitates Transitions From Hospital to Home for Urban, Low-Income African Americans, Reducing Mortality, Utilization, and Costs 11/29/11

The Congregational Health Network, a partnership between Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and 512 churches in Memphis, supports the transition from hospital to home for church members. Enrolled...

Individual and Group Support Sessions Enhance Skills and Knowledge, Reduce Burden and Depression for Caregivers of Dementia Patients 07/14/11

Trained staff at 24 Veterans Affairs medical centers provide customized support over a 6-month period to caregivers of military veterans with dementia. Adapted from the Resources for Enhancing...

Hospital Posts Appropriate Diet for Patient on Room Door, Reducing Diet-Related Mistakes and Nursing Interruptions 09/27/10

A hospital posts an adjustable “diet wheel” on each room doorway, and the nurse adjusts the wheel to indicate which of 15 physician-ordered diets the patient in that room should receive. When a...

Pager-Based System Enables Prompt Communication and Acknowledgment of Critical Laboratory Results, Eliminating Thousands of Phone Calls to Physicians 06/24/10

Vanderbilt University Medical Center created a new system, known as ALERTS, for reporting critical laboratory test results to physicians. Instead of providing the data to a nurse or physician over...

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