At-Home Palliative Care for Veterans Enhances Medication Adherence and Connections With Families and Providers, While Also Lowering Costs
The Advanced Illness Palliative Care program is a multidisciplinary initiative that provides care management and palliative care to chronically or terminally ill veterans in their homes via telehealth technology.
Creation of Unit-Based, Clinically Focused Nurse Leader Position Expedites Discharge, Improves Quality, and Reduces Turnover
A hospital created a new nursing position, the clinical resource nurse, to ensure continuity of care, facilitate care planning, coordinate with physicians, encourage adherence to evidence-based practices, and mentor less experienced nurses, leading to more timely discharges, fewer falls and pressure ulcers, lower nurse turnover, and higher patient, nurse, and physician satisfaction.
Health Plan and Psychiatric Hospitals Reduce Readmissions by Reviewing Data and Developing Strategies to Improve Postdischarge Care
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.
Implementing Clinical Nurse Leader Role Improves Core Measures Performance, Patient and Physician Satisfaction and Reduces Nurse Turnover
A hospital created a new position—the clinical nurse leader—to play a variety of clinical roles, leading to improved performance on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services core measures, lower nurse turnover, and higher patient and physician satisfaction.
Self-Directed Budget for Health and Other Services Enhances Ability of Those with Mental Illness to Function and Live Independently
A state-funded program gives individuals with mental illness a quarterly allowance for mental health and wellness services that can be spent at their own discretion, allowing them to spend more time living in the community and to function more effectively.