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Case Managers Remotely Monitor Chronically Ill Medicare Beneficiaries Each Day, Reducing Mortality and Costs 4/9/2014
Case managers remotely monitor Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions via a messaging device that asks and records answers to disease-specific and general health questions each day, leading to lower mortality and costs.
Community Collaborative Improves Accuracy of Medication Lists for Elderly Patients in Outpatient Clinic Setting 4/9/2014
Aurora Health Care spearheaded a community-wide medication reconciliation initiative, involving health care consumers, providers, pharmacists, and community stakeholders, to improve the accuracy of elderly patients' medication lists.
Comprehensive Program to Promote “Fair and Just Principles" Improves Employee Perceptions of How a Health System Responds to Errors 4/9/2014
A comprehensive program to promote adoption of a "fair and just" culture improves employee perceptions of how a health system responds to errors.
Electronic and Telephone Reminders Increase Medication Adherence in Adults With Uncomplicated Hypertension 4/9/2014
A specially designed pill-bottle system supplied visual and auditory reminders to patients, along with telephone reminders after missed doses and progress reports to be shared with providers; the program significantly increased medication adherence in those with uncomplicated hypertension.
Health Plan and Psychiatric Hospitals Reduce Readmissions by Reviewing Data and Developing Strategies to Improve Postdischarge Care 4/9/2014
A partnership between a health plan and psychiatric hospitals focuses on sharing of quarterly data, case reviews, and deployment of specific strategies to improve postdischarge care, leading to significant reductions in readmissions, inpatient days, and costs.
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Health Insurer Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 3/12/2014
The Health Insurer Pandemic Influenza Planning identifies important, targeted activities health insurers can do now to prepare for a pandemic. This checklist is organized according to business-related, employee-related, and communications-related activities.
Designing and Implementing Medicaid Care Management Programs: A User’s Guide 12/18/2013
The Medicaid Care Management Guide helps States design, implement, and evaluate care management programs for the chronically ill.
Theory and Reality of Value-Based Purchasing: Lessons from the Pioneers 11/6/2013
This report summary provides early lessons on the scope, patterns, barriers, and possibilities of value-based purchasing.
Evaluating the Impact of Value-Based Purchasing: A Guide for Purchasers 10/9/2013
This guide was developed to be an evaluation tool for purchasers, particularly employers, in assessing their value-based purchasing (VBP) activities.
Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder 10/9/2013
This tool will help Medicare beneficiaries learn more about the new Medicare prescription drug coverage and enable them to find and compare prescription drug plans that meet their personal needs.

Last updated: April 09, 2014.