Promoting Preventive Health Screening Through the Use of a Clinical Reminder Tool: An Accountable Care Organization Quality Improvement Initiative

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Abstract

This quality improvement initiative was designed to increase clinical prevention performance rates in 11 Austin Regional Clinic primary care facilities as part of an accountable care initiative. The initiative was conducted between January 2011 and December 2011. The principal interventions included implementation of a care coordinator and care gap summary tool. The care gap summary includes recommended preventive healthcare services and serves as a prompt for healthcare providers. These interventions led to improvement in clinical prevention performance rates as demonstrated by aggregate organizational data. This initiative demonstrates that quality improvement initiatives including care gap summaries, workflow changes, and provider feedback can increase performance rates for clinical preventive services.

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