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Marshfield Clinic: Health Information Technology Paves the Way for Population Health Management

August 13, 2009 - Marshfield Clinic is a not-for-profit, physician-governed multispecialty group practice serving residents of rural Wisconsin through a regional ambulatory care system, an affiliated health plan, and related foundations supporting health research and education.

Case Study

Massachusetts: Connecting Health Coverage to Public Health

July 13, 2009 - With its 2006 landmark health reform resulting in more than 400,000 newly insured residents, Massachusetts is building public health into numerous efforts to contain costs and improve quality in the health care system.

State Profile

Minnesota: Community Action Plans and Health Care Homes

July 13, 2009 - Minnesota's 2008 Health Reform bill has four elements intended to work together: population health, health care market transparency and enhanced information about the quality and cost of care, payment reform, and consumer engagement.

State Profile

Vermont: Community Care Teams and Health IT

July 13, 2009 - Vermont's Blueprint for Health is a statewide, public–private initiative designed to reduce the health and economic impacts of common chronic conditions.

State Profile

Group Health Cooperative: Reinventing Primary Care by Connecting Patients with a Medical Home

July 2, 2009 - Group Health Cooperative (GHC) is a nonprofit, consumer-governed health care organization serving 580,000 members in Washington State and Idaho through an integrated multispecialty group practice and a network of community providers.

Case Study

United Hospital Center: Improving Surgical Care Through Evidence-Based Education and Standardization

July 2, 2009 - In just a few years, the United Hospital Center (UHC) rose from being one of the lower-performing U.S. hospitals on process-of-care measures to being one of the top performers. This case study focuses on UHC's achievement in providing recommended treatment related to surgical care.

Case Study

Organizing for Higher Performance: Case Studies of Organized Delivery Systems--Series Overview, Findings, and Methods

July 2, 2009 - Fifteen case studies illustrate how diverse types of organized health care delivery systems promote higher performance through information continuity, patient engagement, care coordination, team-oriented care delivery, continuous innovation and learning, and convenient access to care.

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NorthShore University Health System: Achieving Rapid Improvement on Core Measures

July 2, 2009 - In 2007, NorthShore University Health System achieved 97 percent compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) process-of-care measures, a 12-point increase in one year. The measures relate to achievement of recommended treatment in: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

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Community Care of North Carolina: Building Community Systems of Care Through State and Local Partnerships

June 22, 2009 - Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) is a public–private partnership between the state and 14 nonprofit community care networks. The networks comprise essential local providers that deliver key components of a "medical home" for low-income adults and children enrolled in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

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Parkwest Medical Center: Focusing on Patient and Staff Satisfaction

May 26, 2009 - Eighty-seven percent of patients recently discharged from Parkwest Medical Center said they would recommend the hospital to a family member or friend—a patient satisfaction level 19 percentage points higher than the national average.

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The Valley Hospital: Leaders Set the Tone for Patient Service and Satisfaction

May 22, 2009 - At The Valley Hospital, hospital leaders exemplify on a daily basis the hospital's dedication to patient service. Each morning, the chief executive officer and chief financial officer visit patients.

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Investing in Nursing Home Transformation: A Toolkit for States

April 21, 2009 - The State Investment in Culture Change Toolkit, created by the Institute for the Future of Aging Services, the research arm of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, aims to help states play an active role in getting nursing homes to initiate or expand "culture change" efforts.

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Child Health Services: A Framework for States

April 21, 2009 - The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut has released a report, A Framework for Child Health Services: Supporting Healthy Child Development and School Readiness of Connecticut's Children, that offers a strategic vision and a series of specific recommendations for strengthening and integrating children's health services into a comprehensive system of early childhood services.

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Idaho's Plans to Improve Access in Troubled Times

April 21, 2009 - Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter (R) discussed difficult choices during our "troubled times" in his January 12 "State of the State" address. He proposed a 7.5 percent budget cut for the state's Department of Health and Welfare, along with even greater cuts in other state agencies.

State Profile

Governors Discuss Health Policy in "State of the State" Addresses, With Interactive Summary Table

April 21, 2009 - Since early January, state governors have been discussing health care in their annual "State of the State" addresses, despite not knowing exactly what the federal stimulus package or CHIP reauthorization would look like. Among the 40 speeches made through mid-February, the health policy messages varied in content and tone. The health-related provisions are summarized in an interactive feature.

State Profile