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Capitated System Identifies, Screens, and Treats Osteoporosis Risks, Preventing Hip Fractures, Saving Lives, and Reducing Costs 4/23/2014
A capitated system proactively identifies, screens, and treats those with or at risk for osteoporosis, leading to a 49 percent decline in hip fractures, more than 350 lives saved each year, and tens of millions of dollars in annual cost savings.
Increasing Patient Health Literacy Leads to Improved Reporting of Medication Allergies 4/23/2014
The West Los Angeles Healthcare Center implemented a program to improve nurses' and patients' awareness and reporting of medication allergies and adverse drug reactions. Key program elements include a training module for nurses, educational brochures for patients, and distribution of an allergy/adverse drug reaction questionnaire to patients.
Joint Nurse Practitioner–Geriatrician Management of Frail Elderly Increases Adherence to Recommended Care Processes for Common Conditions 4/23/2014
Working in collaboration with geriatricians, a nurse practitioner comanaged the care of frail, elderly patients with any of five chronic conditions, leading to better adherence to recommended care processes.
Medicaid Managed Care Plan Provides Reports, Guidelines, and Education Materials to Physicians, Reducing Inappropriate Prescribing of Antibiotics to Children and Adolescents 4/23/2014
As part of a collaborative, a California health plan provides quarterly provider performance reports, educational materials, and other support to physicians and parents, leading to a reduction in inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics to children, adolescents, and adults with an upper respiratory infection or acute bronchitis enrolled in the insurer's Medi-Cal managed care plan.
Patients With Crohn’s Disease Report Symptoms and Behaviors Through Computer Applications, Leading to Better Self-Management and Provider–Patient Communication 4/23/2014
Patients with Crohn’s disease reported information on nine observations of daily living (cues about health experienced in everyday living) using applications on a tablet computer, leading to more tracking of symptoms and health-related behaviors, better patient self-management and patient-provider communication, and high levels of patient satisfaction.
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Last updated: April 23, 2014.