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Pennsylvania: Transforming Primary Care Practice

August 25, 2008 - In May 2008, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell's Office of Healthcare Reform launched the first phase of a chronic care program among 32 primary care practices serving 220,000 patients in the southeastern region of the state, including Philadelphia.

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Pennsylvania Uses ROI to Target Disease Management Populations

June 30, 2008 - Pennsylvania's Medicaid agency, the Office of Medical Assistance Programs or OMAP, used the ROI Calculator to examine the impacts of its existing disease management program on specific populations and determine how to enhance future disease management efforts.

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Pennsylvania's Patient Safety Reporting System

September 15, 2008 - With Governor Ed Rendell's support, Pennsylvania is undertaking a multifaceted approach to improve both health care quality and safety. State officials are working to align initiatives led by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Commission, departments of Health, Public Welfare, and Insurance, and an independent Patient Safety Authority.

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Physician Pay-for-Performance in Medicaid: A Guide for States

April 11, 2007 - A new guide developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies offers actionable steps to help states design and implement physician-level pay-for-performance strategies.

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Physicians Attest to Benefits of Quality Measurement and Improvement Tools

July 17, 2006 - A new DVD, "Putting Quality into Practice: Physicians in Their Own Voices," features the perspectives of physicians who have adopted quality measurement and improvement tools.

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The Polyclinic Family Medicine Practice: Case Studies of Patient- and Family-Centered Primary Care Practices

August 28, 2008 - The Family Medicine Practice of The Polyclinic is one of 12 primary care practices included in this case study project of high-performing patient-centered primary care practices.

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Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital: Five Years Without a Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infection

December 28, 2011 - This case study describes the strategies and factors that appear to contribute to the low incidence of CLABSIs at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. It is based on information obtained from interviews with key hospital personnel, publicly available information, and materials provided by the hospital in January 2010.

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Preventing Delirium in Older Adults: Hospital Elder Life Program

November 29, 2005 - The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) is designed to prevent delirium in older, hospitalized adults.

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Providence St. Vincent Medical Center: Improving Efficiency by Standardizing Care and Ensuring Access

July 29, 2011 - Providence St. Vincent Medical Center was recognized by the Leapfrog Group as a "Highest Value Hospital" in 2008.

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Providing Language Interpreter Services in Health Care Settings

August 6, 2004 - The increasing immigrant population has presented a number of challenges, including how to provide appropriate health care services to patients with limited English proficiency. A number of government and private sector programs are seeking to address this issue.

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QuadMed: Transforming Employer-Sponsored Health Care Through Workplace Primary Care and Wellness Programs

July 22, 2010 - This case study looks at how Wisconsin-based printing company Quad/Graphics transformed itself from a purchaser of health insurance to an investor in employee health and productivity by creating worksite health clinics that focus on comprehensive primary care and wellness programs.

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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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Reducing Inappropriate Induction of Labor: Case Study of Intermountain Health Care

November 19, 2004 - This intervention reduced the rate of inappropriate elective labor induction through implementation of an evidence-based clinical guideline along with performance monitoring, peer review, and patient education.

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Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Medicaid Managed Care

January 26, 2007 - This toolkit, based on the experiences of a workgroup of Medicaid managed care organizations, provides strategies for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities.

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Resident-Centered Regulation: Achieving Resident-Centered Nursing Home Care Through the Regulatory Process

August 28, 2009 - With support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and partial funding from The Commonwealth Fund, the Rhode Island Department of Health conducted a project called the Individualized Care Pilot.

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