While the U.S. blood system continues to function well, more government oversight may be needed to safeguard the future of the blood supply and prevent blood shortages from posing a risk to the public's health.
The number of new coronavirus cases is growing in most states. As the pandemic continues to strain U.S. health care systems, a tool developed by RAND researchers can help hospitals prepare for the worst.
About 17 percent of all visits to hospital emergency departments across the United States could be treated at retail medical clinics or urgent care centers, potentially saving $4.4 billion annually in health care costs.
Primary care practices in sociodemographically vulnerable neighborhoods were more likely than other practices to have medical home capabilities (e.g., interpreters, multilingual physicians), making them potentially eligible for enhanced payments
Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have proliferated in the United States over the past 20 years. Their explosive growth concerns policymakers, especially in California, where ASC growth mirrors the national trend.
Cooperatives are a very tall order: a new type of organization, never before tested on a large scale, meant to fix the apparently intractable problems of high and rising costs, barriers to access and poor quality care, writes Elizabeth McGlynn.
California parolees' health care, mental health care, and drug- and alcohol-treatment needs, as well as where parolees go when they return to counties, place significant demands on counties' safety-net resources and on their ability meet those needs.
This study found little temporal relationship between the demand for ED resources and that for inpatient services. A multivariate modeling approach provided a more accurate forecast of ED demand and the demand for inpatient services.
This qualitative review finds that carve-out disease management interventions that target only patients may be less effective than those that also work to redesign care delivery. Imprecise nomenclature and poor study design methodology limit quantitative analysis.
In 2005, the VA created consumer-providers (CPs)--individuals with experience of serious mental illness who support others with similar conditions. Data from the groups suggest that hiring and employing CPs within VA has been feasible, beneficial, and acceptable to most members of clinical teams.
Addresses one step in the process of moving from teamwork training to teamwork practices that improve outcomes of care: identifying outcomes that are most likely to be affected as teamwork practices improve in an implementing organization.
Although advances in genomic medicine for common adult chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer hold promise for improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment, health professionals and the public are not prepared to effectively integrate these new tools into practice.
Evaluates efforts of three major hospital systems to internally disseminate nursing unit change among medical-surgical units. All organizations carefully planned, coordinated, and implemented a spread process; none left dissemination to chance.
The authors examined patterns of rapid HIV testing in a multistage national random sample of private, nonprofit, urban community clinics and community-based organizations to determine the extent of rapid HIV test availability outside the public health system.