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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.
Community Referral Liaisons Help Patients Reduce Risky Health Behaviors, Leading to Improvements in Health Status 4/9/2014
A community health educator referral liaison receives physician referrals of patients with risky health behaviors; the liaison links patients with community resources, offers counseling and encouragement over the telephone, and provides feedback to the physicians.
Computerized, Multilingual Visual Medication Schedule and Teach-Back Protocols Improve Anticoagulation Control for Low-Literacy Patients 4/9/2014
A randomized clinical trial at San Francisco General Hospital used visual medication schedules and brief teach-back protocols in English, Spanish, and Cantonese to improve anticoagulant control among low-literacy patients in the public hospital's anticoagulation clinic.
Emergency Department–Based Clinical Pharmacist Improves Quality of Care 4/9/2014
The University of Rochester Medical Center placed a clinical pharmacist in the emergency department to serve as an integral member of the health care team, leading to an increase in quality care.
Joint Radiologist–Pathologist Review of Diagnostic Findings Improves Care of Patients Being Screened for Breast Cancer 4/9/2014
A pathologist and radiologists jointly review diagnostic test findings and develop care plans, leading to improved care of patients being screened for breast cancer.
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Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action 12/18/2013
This 151-page resource guide was developed as a learning tool for State officials who want to improve the quality of health care for people with asthma in their States. The guide is designed to help officials assess quality of care, using State-level data, and fashion quality improvement strategies suited to State conditions.
Quality Improvement Intervention Spread Planner 3/28/2012
This Spread Planner provides some guidance to develop a spread plan to move a new quality improvement effort forward.

Last updated: April 09, 2014.