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Policy Hospital Gain-Sharing Program Offers Incentives to Physicians Based on Their Efficiency, Producing Significant Cost Savings Without Decline in Quality 7/16/2014
A group of 12 New Jersey hospitals offered upside incentives to individual physicians based on their performance on various efficiency metrics, leading to significant cost savings without negatively affecting quality of care.
Postdischarge Followup Calls to Skilled Nursing Facilities Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions by Two-Thirds 7/2/2014
Hospital case managers telephone skilled nursing facility nurses within 48 hours of each heart failure patient's discharge to verify that appropriate care management is being provided, leading to a significant reduction in readmissions and associated cost savings.
System to Help Staff Locate Equipment Quickly Frees Up Nurse Time, Improving Care and Staff Satisfaction 7/2/2014
Nurses and other hospital staff use a radiofrequency identification system to pinpoint the location of needed equipment, leading to enhanced productivity, better equipment maintenance, expedited patient care and discharge, and high levels of nurse satisfaction.
Transitional Care Program With Advance Care Planning for Frail Elders Reduces Emergency Department Visits and Readmissions 7/2/2014
A transitional care program that identifies frail elderly patients in the hospital and provides them with in-home support after discharge significantly reduces readmissions and emergency department visits.
Church-Health System Partnership Facilitates Transitions From Hospital to Home for Urban, Low-Income African Americans, Reducing Mortality, Utilization, and Costs 6/18/2014
A partnership between a large health system and 512 churches supports the transition from the hospital back into the community, leading to lower mortality, health care utilization, and health care costs and to higher satisfaction with hospital care.
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Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS) Toolkit 6/18/2014
The goal of MARQUIS (Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study) is to develop better ways for medications to be prescribed, documented, and reconciled accurately and safely at times of care transitions when patients enter and leave the hospital.
Transitioning Newborns From NICU to Home: A Resource Toolkit 4/9/2014
This toolkit for hospitals provides information and resources to improve safety when newborns transition home from the neonatal intensive care unit.
Toolkit for the Follow-Up Care of the Premature Infant 3/26/2014
This toolkit for health care professionals provides information and resources to help facilitate the care of premature infants and improve their outcomes.
Taking Charge of Your Healthcare: Your Path to Being an Empowered Patient 11/6/2013
Health care providers can use this toolkit during hospital discharge to help patients leave the hospital with confidence. It includes the tools and information patients need to make a smooth transition to their next destination.
Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital 10/9/2013
Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital is a guide that providers can use to give patients the information they need to care for themselves when they leave the hospital.

Last updated: July 16, 2014.