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Policy Inclusive Design Process and Extensive Promotion and Support Generate Widespread Use of Health Information Exchange, Leading to Improvements in Health Outcomes 9/10/2014
Use of an inclusive design process and the investment of significant time and resources in promoting and supporting use of a health information exchange generates widespread participation by providers, which in turn leads to more patients having an electronic health record, better management of high cholesterol, and increased provision of tobacco cessation counseling and screening for depression and breast cancer.
Policy Medicaid Reimbursement and Training Enable Primary Care Providers to Deliver Preventive Dental Care at Well-Child Visits, Enhancing Access for Low-Income Children 9/10/2014
As part of a comprehensive initiative, State legislation enables trained primary care medical providers to receive Medicaid reimbursement for preventive dental care provided during well-child visits, enhancing access to these services for low-income children younger than 6 years.
Updated Policy System Gives Authorized Users Access to Interstate Information on Controlled Substance Prescriptions, Assisting Them in Identifying Cases of Potential Misuse 9/10/2014
A data exchange platform links individual State prescription-monitoring programs, helping authorized prescribers and pharmacists identify patients who appear to be crossing State lines to obtain drugs for potential personal misuse or illegal activity.
E-Mail and Telephone Contact Replaces Most Patient Visits in Primary Care Practice, Leads to More Engaged Patients and Time Savings for Physicians 8/27/2014
GreenField Health in Portland, OR, uses e-mail and telephone communications for the majority of patient contacts, thus saving physician time and freeing up capacity to serve patients who need inperson care more quickly.
Hospital-Based Asthma Educators Train Patients, Providers, and Community Members on Optimal Care, Leading to Fewer Admissions, Emergency Department Visits, and Missed Work Days 8/27/2014
Asthma educators help patients, providers, school nurses, childcare providers, pharmacists, and others in the community achieve optimal asthma treatment, leading to fewer hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and missed work days.
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Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool 8/27/2014
The Oral Health Risk Assessment (OHRA) Tool helps pediatricians and other medical providers understand risk factors, protective factors, and clinical findings related to dental caries in young children and is accompanied by a family guide to better oral health.
Envisioning My Future: A Young Person's Guide to Health Care Transition 8/13/2014
This guide, written for youth with special health care needs, helps them prepare for their transition from pediatric health care or service to adult care or service.
How to Use "I Statements" in Clinical Practice 8/13/2014
In these short videos, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force members talk about "I statements" and how clinicians can apply them in practice when evidence is insufficient to make a recommendation for or against the provision of a preventive service.
Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum for Primary Care Providers 8/13/2014
The set of courses, available online or for download, is designed to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups through the development and dissemination of high-quality educational resources.
A Family Guide: Integrating Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care 7/16/2014
This guide for families provides practical information about the integrated care movement and how this approach can improve the quality of care children receive in pediatric primary care settings.

Last updated: September 10, 2014.