Intensive Case Management Reduces Inpatient Admissions and Emergency Department Visits Among Costly, Medically Complex Patients Without Insurance
Intensive case management and care coordination significantly reduces inpatient admissions and emergency department visits for costly, medically complex patients who lack insurance.
Locating Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Health Plan Centers Enhances Access and Reduces Utilization of Inpatient Psychiatric Services for Community-Dwelling Frail Seniors
A mental and behavioral health team periodically works onsite at health plan centers to facilitate patient access to mental health services, reducing psychiatric inpatient utilization and generating high levels of staff satisfaction.
Medical Home Features Small Panels, Long Visits, Outreach, and Caregiver Collaboration, Leading to Less Staff Burnout, Better Access and Quality, and Lower Utilization
A patient-centered medical home features smaller panel sizes and longer visits, pre- and postvisit outreach and care management, close communication and collaboration between physicians and other caregivers, upgrades to and better use of existing technology, and the elimination of productivity-based bonuses, leading to less staff burnout, fewer ambulatory sensitive admissions and emergency department visits, higher physician satisfaction, and improvements in access to and quality of care.
Periodic Home Visits, Specialist Visits, and Followup Enhances Access and Improves Outcomes for Low-Income Children With Asthma
A pediatric asthma management program led to a significant decline in the percentage of patients with moderate to severe asthma, improved quality of life, and sizable decreases in hospitalizations and costs.
Breast Examination Center Assists Low-Income, Minority Women in Accessing Colorectal Cancer Screening
An inner-city breast examination center serving low-income, minority women educates patients about colorectal cancer screening and assists them in getting a colonoscopy screening test, leading to enhanced interest in and access to such screening.
Colon Cancer Followup Sheet
This one-page flow sheet assists providers in scheduling followup care for patients with colon cancer.
2003 National Healthcare Disparities Report
The National Healthcare Disparities Report represents the first comprehensive national effort to measure differences in access to and use of health care services by the general U.S. population and various other populations. It includes a broad set of performance measures that can serve as baseline views of differences in the use of services by these groups.
2004 National Healthcare Disparities Report
The second annual National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) is built on the 2003 report and continues to include a comprehensive overview of disparities in health care in America. The 2004 report also develops a second critical goal of the report series: tracking the Nation's progress toward the elimination of health care disparities.
2004 National Healthcare Quality Report
This is the second national report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on health care quality in America. This report extends the baseline established in the 2003 report for a set of health care quality measures across four dimensions of quality—effectiveness, safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness—in order to track trends and progress in health care quality.