Community Collaborative Improves Accuracy of Medication Lists for Elderly Patients in Outpatient Clinic Setting
Aurora Health Care spearheaded a community-wide medication reconciliation initiative, involving health care consumers, providers, pharmacists, and community stakeholders, to improve the accuracy of elderly patients' medication lists.
Mental Health Patients Track Moods Through Web Application, Generating Greater Adherence to Daily Tracking, Better Treatment Decisions, and High Satisfaction
Individuals with depression and/or other mood disorders log and track their daily mood through a mobile phone application, leading to higher adherence than with paper-based tools, better treatment decisions, and positive feedback from patients and clinicians.
Physician Practices Use Software-Facilitated System to Complete Medicare Annual Wellness Visit, Improving Preventive Care and Generating High Satisfaction
Primary care practices use a software-facilitated process to proactively schedule and efficiently complete required components of Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit and to identify and address care gaps, leading to improvements in the provision of preventive services and high physician and patient satisfaction.
Financial Incentives and Education Do Not Help Patients Better Manage Hypertension or Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Management of the Disease
The combination of a small financial incentive and patient education leads to a modest, short-lived increase in physician visits, but has no effect on blood pressure control or on racial and ethnic disparities in management and control of hypertension.
Medication Reconciliation Process Results in Anecdotal Reports of Improved Safety in Inpatient Setting
A hospital implemented a medication reconciliation process, the cornerstone of which is a one-page structured form that nurses, physicians, and pharmacists use to list all medications taken by the patient at home, confirm the continuation of existing medications, order newly prescribed medications, and facilitate medication reconciliation during patient transfers and at discharge.
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