Disease Management Programs Improve Adherence to Evidence-Based Processes and Outcomes by Targeting Sickest Patients and Working Closely With Physicians
A hospital-based outpatient disease management program serves patients with asthma, chronic heart failure, and diabetes and offers smoking cessation services to smokers. Unlike traditional disease management programs, this initiative heavily involves physicians in the initial referral and throughout the process and targets services toward the sickest patients (rather than to all patients with the condition).
Medical "Extensivists" Care for High-Acuity Patients Across Settings, Leading to Reduced Hospital Use
A Medicare Advantage plan uses employed "extensivists" who perform traditional hospitalist functions for a smaller-than-average caseload of patients, and then continue to follow and care for these patients after discharge until their condition becomes stabilized, leading to low length of stay and fewer readmissions.
Placing Mental Health Specialists in Primary Care Settings Enhances Patient Engagement, Produces Favorable Results Relative to Evidence-Based Care
An integrated care program places mental and behavioral health specialists in more than 50 primary care locations to treat patients ages 65 years and older with depression or anxiety and those who engage in risky alcohol use.
Practice Enhancement Assistants Improve Quality of Care in Primary Care Practices
Practice enhancement assistants improve patient care through practice audits and feedback, staff training, sharing of innovative ideas, and support in the development of systems and infrastructure.
Safety-Net Hospital Enhances Access to Specialty Care by Immediately Notifying Surgical Oncologists About Patients With Imaging Results That Suggest Possible Gastrointestinal Malignancy
A safety-net hospital enhances access to timely specialist care by revamping its critical results reporting system to immediately notify surgical oncologists of imaging results that suggest a possible gastrointestinal malignancy.
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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Resources on Meaningful Use
The American Academy of Pediatrics developed these resources to guide pediatricians and their practices in achieving "meaningful use."
2006 Update of ASCO Practice Guideline Recommendations for the Use of White Blood Cell Growth Factors: Guideline Summary
This six-page guideline summary is a 2006 update of the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) recommendations for the use of white blood cell growth factors.
Health Information Technology Adoption Toolbox
This tool is for health centers as well as other safety net and ambulatory care providers seeking to implement health information technology to improve the overall effectiveness of their institutions.
CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) In-Center Hemodialysis Survey and Reporting Kit
The CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) In-Center Hemodialysis Survey and Reporting Kit contains survey instruments and the information needed to administer this survey to patients and to analyze and report the results.
MRSA Toolkit for Outpatient Clinics/Offices
This tool kit has been designed to help staff at outpatient clinics and medical offices prevent, diagnose, treat, and reduce the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).