Insurer Provides Financial Incentives, Infrastructure, and Other Support To Stimulate Provider Participation in Quality Improvement Collaborations
A large insurer offers financial incentives and other support to provider-led quality improvement collaborations, leading to high levels of provider participation, higher quality, lower costs, and a positive return on investment.
Nurse-Managed Facility in Home-Like Setting Helps Residents With Dementia Maintain Function, Avoid Falls and Disruptive Behaviors
Liberty Country Living, a long-term care facility for people with dementia, offered nurse-managed care in a home-like setting, with a focus on supporting residents' capabilities. The facility had a high ratio of staff to residents and promoted social interaction, ambulation, and continence. The program helped residents stay ambulatory, maintain continence, avoid weight loss, avoid falls and disruptive behaviors, and reduce psychotropic medication use. After 5 years of operation, Liberty closed abruptly due to changes in State regulations.
Medical Student–Run Primary Care Clinic Offers Valuable Training to Future Physicians and Enhances Access to Care for Low-Income Patients
Medical students operate a free primary care health clinic for visitors to a large, local soup kitchen, gaining invaluable experience and providing patients with medical care they would otherwise likely go without.
Statewide Measurement and Reporting System Stimulates Quality Improvement in Targeted Clinical Areas, Becomes Standard for Local and National Pay-for-Performance Programs
A statewide measurement and reporting system serves as a single, comprehensive, credible source of information on provider performance, leading to significant improvements in performance over time and to adoption and use of the system by local and national payers and other organizations.
Statewide Medical Home Program for Low-Income Pregnant Women Enhances Access to Comprehensive Prenatal Care and Case Management, Improves Outcomes
A State-based, public–private partnership adapted its successful primary care medical home model to serve pregnant Medicaid beneficiaries, leading to enhanced access to comprehensive prenatal care (including intensive case management for high-risk pregnancies), better adherence to evidence-based care standards, and reductions in low–birth weight babies and rate of primary Cesarean sections.
Increasing Efficiency and Enhancing Value in Health Care: Ways to Achieve Savings in Operating Costs per Year
This white paper describes the concepts and steps necessary to systematically identify and eliminate waste at health care organizations while maintaining or improving quality.