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North Mississippi Medical Center: Improving Efficiency Through Hospital, System, and Community-Wide Practices

July 25, 2011 - North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi, was designated a Highest Value Hospital in 2008 for achieving a top efficiency score (reflecting both the quality of care and resource use) from the Leapfrog Group for coronary artery bypass graft, percutaneous coronary interventions, and pneumonia care.

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Evaluating Medical Home Adoption in the Safety Net

July 18, 2011 - With Commonwealth Fund support, Jonathan M. Birnberg, M.D., of the University of Chicago, and colleagues have developed an evaluation scale customized for safety-net clinics.

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Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital: Aligning Goals to Achieve Efficiency

July 7, 2011 - Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital (Methodist) is the single hospital of Park Nicollet Health Services, an integrated health care delivery system based in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

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A 'Meaningful' User of an Electronic Health Record System Describes Its Clinical and Financial Benefits

June 23, 2011 - One of the first physicians in the country to be certified as a "meaningful" user of health information technology says the electronic health record system she implemented has significantly improved her performance on measures of clinical quality by providing immediate feedback on her adherence to evidence-based standards of care.

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Choosing Nursing Homes as Clinical Placement Sites: Six Educational Modules

April 14, 2011 - This set of six online modules aims to help nursing faculty base their selection of nursing home sites for undergraduate student practicum placement on a rigorous assessment of facility performance, with a special focus on nursing homes involved in resident-directed care and culture change.

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Reducing Hospital Readmissions: Lessons from Top-Performing Hospitals

April 6, 2011 - Significant variability in 30-day readmission rates across U.S. hospitals suggests that some are more successful than others at providing safe, high-quality inpatient care and promoting smooth transitions to follow-up care.

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St. John’s Regional Health Center: Following Heart Failure Patients After Discharge Avoids Readmissions

April 1, 2011 - St. John’s Regional Health Center has very low readmission rates among patients with heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia—the three conditions for which hospitals report readmission rates to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Mercy Medical Center: Reducing Readmissions Through Clinical Excellence, Palliative Care, and Collaboration

March 17, 2011 - Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had readmission rates in the lowest 3 percent among U.S. hospitals in all three clinical areas—heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia—reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the selection period.

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Sentara Healthcare: Making Patient Safety an Enduring Organizational Value

March 15, 2011 - Sentara Healthcare, an integrated health care delivery system serving parts of Virginia and North Carolina, has developed a systematic program to foster a culture of safety throughout its member hospitals, with the aim of reducing the potential for patient harm.

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Advancing Patient Safety in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

March 15, 2011 - As part of a systemwide transformation, the VA formed its National Center for Patient Safety to foster an organizational culture of safety within its nationwide network of hospitals and outpatient clinics.

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Johns Hopkins Medicine: Embedding Patient Safety in a University-Affiliated Integrated Health Care Delivery System

March 15, 2011 - Johns Hopkins Medicine—an academic medical center and nonprofit integrated health care delivery system—set a goal in 2002 of making its care the safest in the world.

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OSF HealthCare: Promoting Patient Safety Through Education and Staff Engagement

March 15, 2011 - OSF HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery system serving parts of Illinois and Michigan, was an early leader in promoting a collaborative approach to patient safety improvement.

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California First with Exchange Legislation Under National Reform

March 11, 2011 - As the first state to enact legislation to create a health insurance exchange since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, California is an early example of how the law's vision of state-based exchanges can be implemented.

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Utah Health Exchange

March 11, 2011 - The Utah Health Exchange is a Web portal through which small businesses can make a defined contribution—a fixed dollar amount per employee—toward health insurance, and their employees can compare and select health plans from a range of options.

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Massachusetts Health Connector

March 11, 2011 - The Massachusetts Health Connector was created as an independent state agency charged with implementing many elements of the state's 2006 health care reform.

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