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Electronic Referrals and Communications Reduce Wait Times for Specialty Appointments and Improve Clinician Communication and Quality of Care 8/27/2014
Electronic communications between primary care clinicians and specialists enhance access to specialty expertise for patients served by a hospital's referral network of safety net clinics.
Archived Telemedicine-Based Eye Examinations Enhance Access, Reduce Costs, and Increase Satisfaction for Low-Income and Minority Patients with Diabetes 8/27/2014
A federally qualified health center serving primarily low-income, minority patients offers telemedicine-based retinal screening as part of a comprehensive annual visit for patients with diabetes, leading to enhanced access to screening, lower costs, and higher patient satisfaction.
Electronic Specialist Consultations Reduce Unnecessary Referrals and Wait Times for Specialty Appointments for Uninsured and Underinsured Patients 8/13/2014
A public health plan developed a Web-based software platform that enables primary care physicians in federally qualified health centers to consult electronically with "specialist reviewers" before referring the patient to a specialist, leading to fewer unnecessary referrals and shorter wait times for patients who need to see a specialist.
Mental Health Center Provides Integrated Primary Care and Care Coordination to Medicaid Beneficiaries With Severe Mental Illness, Enhancing Access to Services and Improving Outcomes 8/13/2014
With support from State funding, a community mental health center provides integrated mental health, primary care, care coordination, and wellness services to Medicaid beneficiaries with severe and persistent mental illness, leading to better chronic disease outcomes.
Formalized, Technology-Enabled Referral Relationships Between Medical Center and Community Clinics Enhance Access and Reduce Inappropriate Emergency Department Visits 7/30/2014
A collaborative program leverages information technology to connect ED patients to a medical home and patients receiving care at FQHCs and county health clinics to specialists, leading to enhanced access to care, fewer ED visits, and significant cost savings.
QualityTools
Safety Net Accountable Care Organization Readiness Assessment Tool 5/8/2013
The Safety Net ACO Readiness Assessment Tool is designed for the leaders in your organization (and whomever else that you wish) to assess how ready your organization is to take on the responsibilities of becoming an ACO serving your population of safety net patients.
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Last updated: August 27, 2014.