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Electronic Referrals and Communications Reduce Wait Times for Specialty Appointments and Improve Clinician Communication and Quality of Care 8/27/2014
Electronic communications between primary care clinicians and specialists enhance access to specialty expertise for patients served by a hospital's referral network of safety net clinics.
Free Weekly Clinic for Low-Income, African-American Men Enhances Access to Culturally Appropriate Primary Care, Counseling, and Support Group Services 8/27/2014
Physicians and social workers provide free, convenient, culturally appropriate medical care, counseling, and support group services to African-American men in African-American Chicago neighborhoods, enhancing access to these services for roughly 3,000 to 3,500 men each year.
Urban Clinic Provides Free, Bilingual Primary and Specialty Care to the Uninsured and Underserved of Miami-Dade County 8/27/2014
The St. John Bosco Clinic provides free, bilingual primary and specialty care, referrals, and patient education to Hispanic immigrants who are generally poor, undocumented, and uninsured.
Community Health Workers Embedded in Inpatient and Outpatient Clinical Teams Enhance Access to Primary Care and Improve Health Outcomes for Low-Income Patients 8/27/2014
Community health workers embedded in clinical teams in medical offices and hospitals support low-income patients in setting and achieving health-related goals and accessing needed medical and community-based services, leading to better communication and access to postdischarge primary care, increased patient activation, fewer readmissions and depression-related symptoms, and positive feedback from patients.
Policy State Provides Financial and Technical Support to Underserved Communities Designated as Health Enterprise Zones, Leading to Enhancements in Primary Care Capacity 8/27/2014
The State of Maryland provides financial and technical support to five communities designated through a competitive bidding process as health enterprise zones, leading to an expansion of primary care capacity in these areas.
QualityTools
HospitalBillHelp.org 5/21/2014
This Web site helps uninsured and underinsured consumers in California navigate the application process for discounted care from hospitals.
Maximizing Health Care for Colorado’s Underserved 2/12/2014
This operational handbook for safety-net medical homes describes the experience of Doctors Care, a community-funded, nonprofit organization that helps underserved children, adults, and families receive the medical attention they need.
Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaboratives Toolbox 9/11/2013
This online toolbox, for use by collaboratives, partners, and stakeholders, provides practical tools and resources to address common challenges and pursue innovations in Medicaid program design and operations.
Designing an Exchange: A Toolkit for State Policymakers 11/28/2012
This legislative toolkit can assist State policymakers with the design of health insurance exchanges, a key element of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Health Reform Toolkit Series: Resources From the Massachusetts Implementation Experience 9/26/2012
The Health Reform Toolkit Series provides an indepth look at Massachusetts’ experience implementing State-based health reform and provides timely insight for others nationwide.

Last updated: August 27, 2014.