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April 1, 2010

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  • Patient-centered medical home model focuses on care coordination

    When Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan measured the rate of hospital admissions for patients with diabetes, chronic heart conditions, and asthma, the Detroit-based health plan found that hospitalizations for patients being cared for in a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) were 23% lower than for patients treated in other practices.
  • Patient-centered care in primary care settings

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is partnering with more than 8,000 physicians in about 80 physician organizations to develop better ways to manage the care of patients, with an emphasis on care coordination at the primary care level.
  • Primary care clinic takes a team approach

    When Carol Cordy, MD, has a concern about a patient, she often asks a nurse to follow up with a phone call to make sure the patient is doing well and to answer any questions or concerns.
  • Pilot focuses on improving care for diabetic members

    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians are collaborating on a pilot project aimed at improving the quality of care members receive through a pilot program testing the concepts of the patient-centered medical home.
  • Create questionnaires to assess communications

    Questionnaires for staff and patients are one way to assess an organization's health communications, according to Sandra Cornett, RN, PhD, director AHEC Clear Health Communication Program Office of Outreach & Engagement, The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus.
  • Make CPR training part of family safety measures

    Training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation is the ultimate "homeland security," says Vinay Nadkarni, MD, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association (AHA) and medical director of the Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • WA state law requires safe patient handling

    The nation's most comprehensive safe patient handling law is now in full effect: Hospitals in Washington state were to have equipment to reduce injuries by Jan. 31.