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Updated Child Abuse Experts Provide Videoconference-Enabled Consultations to Providers in Remote Emergency Departments and Clinics, Leading to More Accurate Diagnosis 3/26/2014
Using interactive videoconferencing, the University of California at Davis provides 24-hour child abuse evaluation and consultation services to underserved rural areas and also provides monthly child abuse training to health care providers in these areas.
Policy State-Mandated Nurse Staffing Levels Alleviate Workloads, Leading to Lower Patient Mortality and Higher Nurse Satisfaction 1/15/2014
As mandated by State law, the California Department of Health Services requires acute care hospitals to maintain minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios and to develop various systems to ensure adequate nurse coverage and quality, leading to more reasonable workloads, lower patient mortality, and higher job satisfaction.
Primary Care Managers Supported by Information Technology Systems Improve Outcomes, Reduce Costs For Patients With Complex Conditions 10/9/2013
The Care Management Plus program combines the care coordination services of a care manager with robust electronic tracking and reminder systems to deliver comprehensive medical care to seniors with multiple chronic illnesses in primary care clinics.
Policy State Legislation Requires Inclusion of Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Continuing Medical Education, Increasing Acceptance of Their Importance by Educational Programs and Clinicians 9/25/2013
State legislation requires continuing medical education courses to include curricula related to cultural and linguistic competence in medical practice, leading to a deeper understanding of the importance of these competencies by those offering such courses and the clinicians they serve.
Teaching Clinic Offers Medical Home for Children With Complex Conditions, Leading to Fewer Emergency Department Visits and Highly Satisfied Families 6/5/2013
A resident education clinic implemented a multifaceted medical home for children with complex chronic conditions, leading to a significant reduction in emergency department visits and high levels of patient/family satisfaction.
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Last updated: April 09, 2014.