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Policies & Programs, filtered by "Quality of Care"

Policies and programs that can improve health

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Behavioral health primary care integration

Scientifically Supported

Revise health care processes and provider roles to integrate mental health and substance abuse treatment into primary care

Quality of Care

Case-managed care for community-dwelling frail elders

Some Evidence

Use a case management model for frail elderly patients living independently, coordinating aspects of long-term care such as status assessment, monitoring, advocacy, care planning, etc.

Quality of Care

Chronic disease management programs

Scientifically Supported

Implement multi-component efforts that include coordination of health services by multidisciplinary teams of health care professionals, patient self-management, and patient education

Quality of Care

Chronic disease self-management (CDSM) programs

Scientifically Supported

Provide educational and behavioral interventions that support patients’ ability to actively manage their condition(s) in everyday life

Quality of Care

Computerized clinical decision support systems (CDSS)

Scientifically Supported

Provide health care providers with patient-specific prompts or warnings, treatment guidelines, automatic medication dosing calculators, or reports of overdue tests and medications via electronic tools

Quality of Care

Computerized provider order entry (CPOE)

Scientifically Supported

Allow health care providers to enter orders or prescriptions (e.g., imaging studies, laboratory tests, admissions, referrals, etc.) into a computer system; also called electronic prescribing

Quality of Care

Consumer participation in health care governance

Expert Opinion

Involve consumers in health care governance via roles on governing boards, advisory committees, or shorter-term special projects

Quality of Care

Consumer-directed health plans

Mixed Evidence

Establish high deductible health plans, often paired with pre-tax medical expense accounts such as Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) or Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

Quality of Care

Cultural competence training for health care professionals

Scientifically Supported

Increase health care providers’ skills and knowledge to understand and respond to cultural differences, value diversity, etc. via factual information, skills training, and other efforts

Quality of Care

Culturally adapted health care

Scientifically Supported

Tailor health care to patients’ norms, beliefs, and values, as well as their language and literacy skills

Quality of Care