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Affordable Housing Community Offers Seniors Onsite Health Care Coordination and Support, Reducing Hospital Admissions and Falls and Improving Resident Health 7/16/2014
Onsite care coordination and support of seniors in affordable housing community leads to fewer falls, reduced hospital admissions, improved nutritional status, and increased levels of physical activity, promoting seniors' ability to remain in their homes as they age.
Policy Hospital-Affiliated Physician Group Offers Modest Performance-Based Incentives to Salaried Physicians, Leading to Sustained Improvement on Quality-Related Metrics 7/16/2014
A hospital-affiliated physician group offers modest performance-based incentives to salaried physicians, leading to sustained improvements in performance on a broad array of quality-related metrics.
Policy Health Plan's Multifaceted Strategy Involving Care Coordination, Disease Management and Physician Incentives Leads to Better Outcomes and Reduced Costs for Medicare Advantage Enrollees 7/8/2014
HealthSpring's Partnership for Quality program offers bonuses to physician practices and onsite care coordination and disease management support, leading to significantly better outcomes and reduced costs for Medicare Advantage enrollees.
Culturally Competent Parent Mentors Support Families of Minority Children with Asthma, Leading to Better Health, Less Missed School and Work 7/2/2014
Culturally competent parent mentors helped families better understand and care for their children’s asthma through home visits, monthly telephone calls, and inperson meetings, leading to reductions in wheezing, exacerbations, missed school and parental work days, and emergency department visits.
Archived Day Hospital Reduces Inpatient Length of Stay and Emergency Department Visits for Patients With Sickle Cell Anemia 7/2/2014
A Sickle Cell Day Hospital provides an alternative to inpatient care for patients with sickle cell anemia, with the goal of managing their pain and keeping them out of the hospital, resulting in lower inpatient lengths of stay and emergency department utilization.
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Improving Treatment Decisions for Patients With Community-Acquired Pneumonia 12/18/2013
This report describes two tools developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded research that help assess the need for hospitalization of patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and determine the medical stability of patients prior to discharge.
STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Materials 12/18/2013
The STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Commonwealth Fund aims to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations. This Web site features guides, presentations, and other tools related to reducing readmissions.
Managing Drug-Seeking Behaviors & Super Users in the Emergency Department 10/23/2013
This guide for emergency department (ED) physicians, nurses, and caregivers includes information and tools for providing pain management care to drug "super users" in the ED.
Medical Respite Tool Kit 10/23/2013
The purpose of the Medical Respite Tool Kit is to provide information and tools to help organizations and advocates plan, develop, and sustain medical respite programs. This tool organizes existing resources developed by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and other medical respite providers while incorporating new and practical tools.
Coordinated-Transitional Care Toolkit 7/31/2013
The goal of this toolkit is to help hospital systems that serve populations with high rates of patient dispersion, cognitive impairment, and vulnerability improve care coordination and postdischarge outcomes such as reduced medication discrepancies.

Last updated: July 16, 2014.