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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319481/application-of-telepractice-for-head-and-neck-cancer-management-a-review-of-speech-language-pathology-service-models
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Elizabeth C Ward, Laurelie R Wall, Clare L Burns, Bena Cartmill, Anne J Hill
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Head and neck cancer (HNC) is a complex and heterogeneous disease, requiring specialist intervention from a multidisciplinary team including speech language pathology (SLP). Unfortunately, multiple patient and service-related challenges exist which currently limit equitable access to SLP support for all individuals. This review highlights the existing evidence for different telepractice models designed to help patients and services optimize management of swallowing and communication disorders arising from HNC...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287774/evaluation-of-a-shared-decision-making-intervention-on-the-utilization-of-evidence-based-psychotherapy-in-a-va-outpatient-ptsd-clinic
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Jonathan D Hessinger, Melissa J London, Sheila M Baer
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has continued to emphasize the availability, access, and utilization of high quality mental health care particularly in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While dissemination and availability of evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) have only increased, treatment engagement and utilization have continued to be oft-noted challenges. Administrators, researchers, and individual clinicians have continued to develop and explore novel systemic and individualized interventions to address these issues...
March 13, 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266918/virtual-breakthrough-series-part-2-improving-fall-prevention-practices-in-the-veterans-health-administration
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Lisa Zubkoff, Julia Neily, Pat Quigley, Christina Soncrant, Yinong Young-Xu, Shoshana Boar, Peter D Mills
BACKGROUND: The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) implemented a Virtual Breakthrough Series (VBTS) collaborative to help prevent falls and fall-related injuries. This project enabled teams to expand program infrastructure, redesign improvement strategies, and enhance program evaluation. METHODS: A VBTS collaborative involves prework, action, and continuous improvement. Actions included educational calls, monthly reports, coaching, and feedback. Evaluation included assessment of interventions, team capacity and infrastructure changes, and rates of falls and fall-related major injuries...
November 2016: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264955/reference-pricing-changes-the-choice-architecture-of-health-care-for-consumers
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James C Robinson, Timothy T Brown, Christopher Whaley
Reference pricing in health insurance creates incentives for patients to select for nonemergency services providers that charge relatively low prices and still offer high quality of care. It changes the "choice architecture" by offering standard coverage if the patient chooses cost-effective providers but requires considerable consumer cost sharing if more expensive alternatives are selected. The short-term impact of reference pricing has been to shift patient volumes from hospital-based to freestanding surgical, diagnostic, imaging, and laboratory facilities...
March 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254835/the-learning-healthcare-system-and-cardiovascular-care-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
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REVIEW
Thomas M Maddox, Nancy M Albert, William B Borden, Lesley H Curtis, T Bruce Ferguson, David P Kao, Gregory M Marcus, Eric D Peterson, Rita Redberg, John S Rumsfeld, Nilay D Shah, James E Tcheng
The learning healthcare system uses health information technology and the health data infrastructure to apply scientific evidence at the point of clinical care while simultaneously collecting insights from that care to promote innovation in optimal healthcare delivery and to fuel new scientific discovery. To achieve these goals, the learning healthcare system requires systematic redesign of the current healthcare system, focusing on 4 major domains: science and informatics, patient-clinician partnerships, incentives, and development of a continuous learning culture...
March 2, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250024/care-system-redesign-for-preterm-children-after-discharge-from-the-nicu
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Dennis Z Kuo, Robert E Lyle, Patrick H Casey, Christopher J Stille
Approximately 1 in 8 children in the United States are born preterm. Existing guidelines and research examine the cost of prematurity from the NICU stay and developmental surveillance and outcomes after discharge from the NICU. Preterm children are at greater risk for excess hospitalizations, outpatient visits, and societal costs after NICU discharge. Improved delivery of care and health promotion from the community setting, particularly from the patient-centered medical home, may result in improved growth, health, and development, with accompanying reduction of post-NICU discharge costs and encounters...
March 1, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243439/optimizing-the-electronic-health-record-to-standardize-administration-and-documentation-of-nutritional-supplements
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Sandra W Citty, Amir Kamel, Cynthia Garvan, Lee Marlowe, Lynn Westhoff
Malnutrition in hospitalized patients is a major cause for hospital re-admission, pressure ulcers and increased hospital costs. Methods to improve the administration and documentation of nutritional supplements for hospitalized patients are needed to improve patient care, outcomes and resource utilization. Staff at a medium-sized academic health science center hospital in the southeastern United States noted that nutritional supplements ordered for patients at high risk for malnutrition were not offered or administered to patients in a standardized manner and/or not documented clearly in the electronic health record as per prescription...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220251/triple-aim-improvement-for-individuals-services-and-society-in-dementia-care-the-dementianet-collaborative-care-approach
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M S Nieuwboer, A Richters, M A van der Marck
BACKGROUND: A redesigning of primary care is required to meet dementia patients' needs. In the Netherlands, current dementia care still falls short in areas including ad hoc collaboration, lack of feedback on quality to professionals involved, and insufficient implementation of established multidisciplinary guidelines. OBJECTIVE: DementiaNet is a collaborative care approach, which aims to reduce the burden of the disease on individuals, healthcare services and society via network-based care that encourages collaboration, enhances knowledge and skills and stimulates quality improvement cycles...
February 20, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217305/redesigning-care-delivery-with-patient-support-personnel-learning-from-accountable-care-organizations
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Ksenia O Gorbenko, Taressa Fraze, Valerie A Lewis
INTRODUCTION: Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are a value-based payment model in the United States rooted in holding groups of healthcare providers financially accountable for the quality and total cost of care of their attributed population. To succeed in reaching their quality and efficiency goals, ACOs implement a variety of care delivery changes, including workforce redesign. Patient support personnel (PSP)-non-physician staff such as care coordinators, community health workers, and others-are critical to restructuring care delivery...
September 2016: Int J Care Coord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214475/hunter-and-new-england-healthpathways-a-4-year-journey-of-integrated-care
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Jane S Gray, Judith R Swan, Margaret A Lynch, Tracey M Tay, Marika-Jane Mackenzie, John H Wiggers, Karen A Harrison, Robert C McDonald, Ian P O'Dea, Louise M Harrigan, Sandra M Fitzgerald
Objective This paper describes the 4-year journey of Hunter and New England HealthPathways - a password-protected web-based portal designed to provide localised evidence-informed clinical and referral information to support general practice at the point of care.Methods A process evaluation was conducted in 2013, with a case study comparison performed in 2014 to assess impact of HealthPathways on patient referral and access to specialist care, followed by a review in 2016 of utilisation of the online portal to assess whether healthcare providers continued to access HealthPathways...
February 20, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192101/transforming-gastroenterology-care-with-telemedicine
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REVIEW
Corey A Siegel
Health care is changing rapidly, so we must change with the times to develop more efficient, practical, cost-effective, and, importantly, high-quality methods to care for patients. We teach medical students that optimal patient care requires face-to-face interaction to collect information on the patient's history and perform the physical examination. However, management of many patients-especially those with chronic diseases-does not always require physical examination. Telemedicine offers an opportunity to take advantage of technology while leveraging the progressive push toward efficiency and value but also requires the belief that excellent patient care is not always provided in person...
February 10, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186016/collaborators-and-communication-channels-in-eight-patient-centered-medical-homes
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Dian A Chase, David A Dorr, Deborah J Cohen, Joan S Ash
BACKGROUND: The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) concept requires collaboration among clinicians both within the medical home clinic, and outside the clinic. As we redesign health information technology (HIT) to support transformation to the PCMH, we need to better understand these collaboration patterns. This study provides quantitative data describing these collaborations in order to facilitate the design of systems to allow for more efficient collaboration. APPROACH: Eighty-four clinicians in eight clinics identified their two most recent significant collaborators - one each within the clinic and in the medical neighborhood...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161930/electronic-referrals-and-digital-imaging-systems-in-ophthalmology-a-global-perspective
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V Swetha E Jeganathan, H Nikki Hall, Roshini Sanders
Ophthalmology departments face intensifying pressure to expedite sight-saving treatments and reduce the global burden of disease. The use of electronic communication systems, digital imaging, and redesigned service care models is imperative for addressing such demands. The recently developed Scottish Eyecare Integration Project involves an electronic referral system from community optometry to the hospital ophthalmology department using National Health Service (NHS) email with digital ophthalmic images attached, via a virtual private network connection...
January 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152815/development-of-an-integrated-practice-unit-utilizing-a-lean-approach-to-impact-value-of-care-for-brain-tumor-patients
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Christine Ahn, Preston White, Linda M Liau, Timothy Francis Cloughesy, Phioanh Leia Nghiemphu
99 Background: Lack of care coordination across subspecialty departments involved in the treatment of brain tumor patients at our institution has negatively impacted patient outcomes, patient experience, and costs. Meanwhile, value-based health care has become increasingly relevant as a means to respond to changing payment structures and improve quality. With the aim to increase value, we restructured medical practice across the continuum of care for brain tumor patients by developing a virtual (non co-located) Integrated Practice Unit (IPU)...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152741/quality-improvement-strategies-in-medical-oncology-a-qualitative-analysis-from-a-scoping-review
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Laavanya Dharmakulaseelan, Simron Singh, Adam E Haynes, Brian M Wong, Matthew C Cheung
203 Background: In 2001, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) outlined imperatives to improve quality of care. Quality improvement (QI) has since become essential to cancer care but barriers still exist to the publication of and participation in QI initiatives, including limited recognition for QI and uncertainty with methodologies. We sought to identify strategies used in QI in scholarly medical oncology literature to provide practical guidance for QI. METHODS: We conducted a scoping review using Arksey and O'Malley's framework...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143750/enhancing-public-access-to-relevant-and-valued-medical-information-fresh-directions-for-radiologyinfo-org
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Geoffrey D Rubin, Arun Krishnaraj, Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ramji R Rajendran, Elliot K Fishman
RadiologyInfo.org is a public information portal designed to support patient care and broaden public awareness of the essential role radiology plays in overall patient health care. Over the past 14 years, RadiologyInfo.org has evolved considerably to provide access to more than 220 mixed-media descriptions of tests, treatments, and diseases through a spectrum of mobile and desktop platforms, social media, and downloadable documents in both English and Spanish. In 2014, the RSNA-ACR Public Information Website Committee, which stewards RadiologyInfo...
January 28, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132168/delivery-and-payment-redesign-to-reduce-disparities-in-high-risk-postpartum-care
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Elizabeth A Howell, Norma A Padrón, Susan J Beane, Joanne Stone, Virginia Walther, Amy Balbierz, Rashi Kumar, José A Pagán
Purpose This paper describes the implementation of an innovative program that aims to improve postpartum care through a set of coordinated delivery and payment system changes designed to use postpartum care as an opportunity to impact the current and future health of vulnerable women and reduce disparities in health outcomes among minority women. Description A large health care system, a Medicaid managed care organization, and a multidisciplinary team of experts in obstetrics, health economics, and health disparities designed an intervention to improve postpartum care for women identified as high-risk...
January 28, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128044/role-stressors-and-coping-strategies-among-nurse-managers
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Sonia Udod, Greta G Cummings, W Dean Care, Megan Jenkins
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to share preliminary evidence about nurse managers' (NMs) role stressors and coping strategies in acute health-care facilities in Western Canada. Design/methodology/approach A qualitative exploratory inquiry provides deeper insight into NMs' perceptions of their role stressors, coping strategies and factors and practices in the organizational context that facilitate and hinder their work. A purposeful sample of 17 NMs participated in this study. Data were collected through individual interviews and a focus group interview...
February 6, 2017: Leadership in Health Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122414/value-for-money-an-examination-of-the-relationship-between-need-and-cost-in-intellectual-disability-services
#19
Jodi Cronin, Jane Bourke
The recent economic crisis along with changing demographic trends has stimulated an increased interest in the value obtained from social care expenditure so as to ensure the sustainability of systems in the future. In Ireland, the Department of Health, further to a recent review of its disability services, commited to a new approach that will reshape and redesign its service provision. It specifically outlined a reorganisation of financing services, from a model of prospective block grant funding to a system of individualised budgeting based on an assessment of need...
January 25, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106518/a-case-report-cornerstone-health-care-reduced-the-total-cost-of-care-through-population-segmentation-and-care-model-redesign
#20
Dale E Green, Bruce H Hamory, Grace E Terrell, Jasmine O'Connell
Over the course of a single year, Cornerstone Health Care, a multispecialty group practice in North Carolina, redesigned the underlying care models for 5 of its highest-risk populations-late-stage congestive heart failure, oncology, Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibles, those with 5 or more chronic conditions, and the most complex patients with multiple late-stage chronic conditions. At the 1-year mark, the results of the program were analyzed. Overall costs for the patients studied were reduced by 12.7% compared to the year before enrollment...
January 20, 2017: Population Health Management
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