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Archived Adopting "Flow Management" Improves Efficiency, Throughput, and Quality of Care in Hospital Surgery Units 7/16/2014
Borrowing from other industries, a large hospital implemented principles of "flow management" to redesign the flow of operations in its surgical department, leading to enhanced quality of care, improved patient and provider satisfaction, and reductions in the frequency of delayed and canceled surgeries.
Community Coalition Connects Medical Practices to Community Resources, Leading to Improved Asthma and Diabetes Outcomes in At-Risk Populations 7/16/2014
King County Steps to Health connected medical practices to community resources by encouraging organizations to work together to identify common messages, leverage resources, and develop programs for populations at risk for diabetes, asthma, and obesity.
Policy Health Plan's Multifaceted Strategy Involving Care Coordination, Disease Management and Physician Incentives Leads to Better Outcomes and Reduced Costs for Medicare Advantage Enrollees 7/8/2014
HealthSpring's Partnership for Quality program offers bonuses to physician practices and onsite care coordination and disease management support, leading to significantly better outcomes and reduced costs for Medicare Advantage enrollees.
Comprehensive, Integrated Palliative Care Reduces Costs and Improves Satisfaction Among Patients and Their Families Within a Large Health System 7/2/2014
Fairview Health Services’ palliative care program offers palliative care clinical and support services to inpatients, outpatients, and home care patients to mitigate suffering and improve quality of life; the program is integrated into the care process to facilitate referrals and care coordination.
Electronic Alerts, Patient Education, and Performance Reports Improve Adherence to Guideline Designed to Reduce Early Elective Inductions 7/2/2014
Electronic alerts, patient education, and provider performance reports promote adherence to a guideline covering early elective inductions, leading to a significant decline in such inductions, shorter average labor, and fewer newborn complications.
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QualityTools
Improving Asthma Care for Children Toolkit: Best Practices in Medicaid Managed Care 6/18/2014
This toolkit provides strategies to improve asthma care tested by a diverse group of health plans serving Medicaid consumers.
FAIR Health Consumer Cost Lookup 5/21/2014
FAIR Health Consumer Cost Lookup is a free tool that consumers can use to get an estimate of how much health care providers charge for medical and dental services in their area.
HospitalBillHelp.org 5/21/2014
This Web site helps uninsured and underinsured consumers in California navigate the application process for discounted care from hospitals.
New York Regional Health Care Report Card 5/7/2014
This online report allows health care consumers to compare the cost and quality of commercial health insurance plans by county in New York and New Jersey.
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.

Last updated: July 16, 2014.