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Policy New York State Legislation Leads to More HIV Testing and Linking of HIV-Positive Patients to Followup Care 4/9/2014
A New York State law requires hospitals and primary care providers to offer an HIV test to all patients between the ages of 13 and 64 years, streamlines the consent process, and requires providers to schedule patients with positive results for followup care; the law increased testing rates and helped link HIV-positive patients to care.
Policy State-Mandated Tracking and Public Reporting Reduce Incidence and Costs of Common Hospital-Acquired Infections 4/9/2014
As required by law, hospitals in New York track and report information on select hospital-acquired infections to the State Department of Health, which publicly releases hospital-specific performance data and supports hospitals with quality improvement initiatives; the program has reduced infection rates and generated substantial cost savings.
Remote Visits by Pediatricians for Sick Children at Inner-City and Other Child Care Centers/Schools Reduce Absences and Emergency Department Use 3/26/2014
Childcare centers and elementary schools in the Rochester area have access to a Web-based telemedicine system that allows clinicians to provide remote diagnoses and recommendations for sick children.
Policy Cross-Agency Mayoral Task Force Promotes Policies and Initiatives To Reduce Prescription Opioid Misuse and Related Problems, Achieves Some Early Successes 3/12/2014
A multiagency, cross-disciplinary mayoral task force develops and supports implementation of policies and programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse and its associated problems in New York City—efforts that have prompted many public and private hospital emergency departments to adopt recommended prescribing guidelines, resulting in preliminary indications that fewer opioid painkiller prescriptions are being written and filled in some of the city's emergency departments.
Policy Medical Center Establishes Infrastructure to Manage Care Under Capitated Contracts, Leading to Better Chronic Care Management and Lower Utilization and Costs 2/26/2014
A university hospital established an infrastructure based on the principles of an accountable care organization, leading to improved management of chronic disease and reduced hospital admissions and medical expenses.
QualityTools
Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardship 10/9/2013
The aim of this toolkit is to assist hospital staff and leadership in developing an effective antimicrobial stewardship program with the potential to reduce Clostridium difficile infection.
New York State Department of Health HIV Testing Resources 4/10/2013
This Web site offers a collection of information and resources on HIV testing from the New York Department of Health AIDS Institute. The resources, for health care professionals, include reports, toolkits, forms, training, and health screening information.
Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit 11/21/2012
This toolkit is designed to provide health care facilities with a general guide to the implementation of a successful antimicrobial stewardship program.
Mental Health Screening: A Quick Reference Guide for HIV Primary Care Clinicians 7/14/2010
This reference card helps primary care clinicians conduct mental health screening assessments of HIV-infected patients.
Diabetes Prevention and Management Toolkit 6/27/2008
The Diabetes Prevention and Management Toolkit contains tools for adults, children and health care providers.
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Last updated: April 09, 2014.