TO THE EDITORS:
Care by Cell Phone: Text Messaging for Chronic Disease Management
Cell phoneâ€œbased text messaging may be used to feasibly support chronic disease management and engagement in diabetes self-care behaviors for some patients.
Nurse-Run, Telephone-Based Outreach to Improve Lipids in People With Diabetes
Nurses can improve lipid control in people with diabetes in a primarily indigent population through telephone care using moderately complex algorithms. Telephone-based outreach may decrease resource utilization.
A Dementia Care Management Intervention: Which Components Improve Quality?
Specifically trained care managers are essential for quality gains from a dementia care management program; even higher quality accrues with coordination across community and primary care.
Early Evaluations of the Medical Home: Building on a Promising Start
Findings from a systematic evidence review of the medical home are promising, but indicate the critical need for stronger evaluations to guide policy makers.
Hospital Readmission Rates in Medicare Advantage Plans
Hospital readmission rates in Medicare Advantage plans are considerably lower than those in Medicare's traditional fee-for-service program, after accounting for differences in risk.
Identifying Patients With Osteoporosis or at Risk for Osteoporotic Fractures
Identifying patients with osteoporosis or low bone mineral density and high risk for osteoporotic fractures is possible in administrative data using osteoporosis diagnoses and fracture risk profile.
Systematic Review of the Impact of Worksite Wellness Programs
Analysis of studies of worksite wellness programs suggested mixed impact on health-related behaviors and cost, with insufficient evidence regarding absenteeism and mental health.
Adaptation and Psychometric Properties of the PACIC Short Form
For future studies focusing on quality of care from the background of the Chronic Care Model, the PACIC short form is appropriate.
EHRs in Primary Care Practices: Benefits, Challenges, and Successful Strategies
Small primary care practices reap some organizational and quality of care improvements from electronic health records; however, challenges persist in achieving meaningful use standards.
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