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14-Hospital Telepharmacy Program Reduces Order Processing Time, Frees Up Pharmacists for Quality-Enhancing Initiatives, and Saves Money 7/16/2014
A telepharmacy program enables offsite pharmacists to review and approve medication orders in 14 hospitals, leading to expanded hours of service, reduced order processing times, enhanced pharmacy services, higher nurse satisfaction, freed up pharmacist time, and more than $1 million in annual cost savings.
Archived Adopting "Flow Management" Improves Efficiency, Throughput, and Quality of Care in Hospital Surgery Units 7/16/2014
Borrowing from other industries, a large hospital implemented principles of "flow management" to redesign the flow of operations in its surgical department, leading to enhanced quality of care, improved patient and provider satisfaction, and reductions in the frequency of delayed and canceled surgeries.
Technology-Enabled Reengineering of Referral Intake Process and Case Management System Significantly Improves Field Nurses' Ability to Serve At-Risk Families 7/16/2014
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency implemented a Mobile Remote Workforce project to increase the amount of time field nurses in the agency's public health nurse home visitation program can spend providing direct services to at-risk families.
Surgical Hospitalist Model Enhances Access to Surgical Consultations, Increases Physician Perceptions of Quality at Academic Medical Center 7/2/2014
The surgical hospitalist model improves care and revenues for hospital-based emergency surgical care.
Policy State Medicaid Program Pays Additional Capitated Fee to Integrated Primary Care and Mental Health Homes, Leading to Better Outcomes and Lower Costs 7/2/2014
The Missouri Medicaid Health Home program provides capitated payments to primary care and mental health medical homes that adopt an integrated staffing model that allows patients to receive both medical and mental health care, leading to better health outcomes and lower utilization and costs.
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Last updated: July 16, 2014.