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Day Hospital Reduces Inpatient Length of Stay and Emergency Department Visits for Patients With Sickle Cell Anemia 4/23/2014
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.
Short-Term Housing and Care for Homeless Individuals After Discharge Leads to Improvements in Medical and Housing Status, Fewer Emergency Department Visits, and Significant Cost Savings 4/23/2014
A recuperative care program provides homeless clients with housing, food, medical care, case management, and connections to social services after hospital discharge, resulting in improvements in their medical and housing status, fewer emergency department visits, and meaningful cost savings for participating hospitals.
Hospital at Homesm Care Reduces Costs, Readmissions, and Complications and Enhances Satisfaction for Elderly Patients 4/9/2014
Hospital at Homesm provides hospital-level care in a patient's home as a full substitute for acute hospital care for selected conditions common among seniors.
Daily Intensive Care Unit Team Communication Enhances Provider Understanding of Care Goals, Reduces Length of Stay 4/9/2014
Intensive care unit clinicians developed a standardized communication process based on a daily goals form that prompts clinicians to evaluate and document the patient's current status, design a care plan, and outline daily tasks, thereby increasing clinician understanding of daily care goals.
Health Plan and Psychiatric Hospitals Reduce Readmissions by Reviewing Data and Developing Strategies to Improve Postdischarge Care 4/9/2014
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.
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Hospital Overcrowding 6/19/2013
The Hospital Overcrowding Web site includes resources on overcrowding, including the "full capacity protocol," which guides the movement of patients when the hospital is full, addressing high hospital census in a distributive and safe fashion.
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