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Hear from industry experts on a variety of issues of concern to healthcare executives from the convenience of your desk from the white papers and podcasts available from the Healthcare Intelligence Network.


Anticipatory Care Management: Medication Adherence Interventions

Krames Education Services
The story is in the statistics: 65% of all prescriptions show non-compliance; 33% of all prescriptions are not even filled; Medication-related hospital admissions cost $100 billion every year. Yet, studies show that education interventions can be effective in improving adherence. Learn how Medication Adherence Interventions can improve outcomes while lowering costs.

Enterprise of the Future: Life Sciences Edition

Enterprise of the Future: Life Sciences Edition
Although Life Sciences CEOs foresee much more change ahead, they’re not confident about managing it. So how will they cope in increasingly turbulent times? How can they recruit the right talent, replenish their pipelines and protect their intellectual property? Learn more in this new IBM white paper based on interviews with CEOs from Big Pharma companies, large biotechnology concerns, medical device and diagnostics companies, clinical services providers and medical distributors.

Encouraging Independence: Promoting Consumer-Driven Health Plans and Decision Support Tools in the Workplace

Workscape
Rising costs, shifts in employment, and ever-changing benefits plans are driving a cross-industry move to alternative HR services that give employees clear information, more relevant choices, and greater autonomy. The problem is this: No matter how good a new service is, it won’t be successful if employees don’t use it. Luckily, a strategic communications program can encourage employee adoption of new services such as consumer-driven health plans and decision support tools at a cost that quickly pays for itself. Discover the elements of such a communication strategy in this white paper.

How CIGNA Measures Medication Compliance in its Population

Thom Stambaugh</
U.S. healthcare spends an estimated $177 billion on medication non-compliance annually — nearly 80 percent of the country's healthcare spending. And the pharmaceutical industry loses billions of healthcare dollars annually as a result of medication non-adherence. Thom Stambaugh, chief pharmacy officer and vice president of clinical programs and specialty pharmacy for CIGNA Pharmacy Management, discusses strategies for recovering some of this lost revenue, the challenges behavioral health patients bring to medication compliance and how CIGNA measures compliance in its population.

Stambaugh, along with Connie Commander, immediate past president of the Case Management Society of America and president, Commander’s Premier Consulting Corporation, will describe programs and initiatives that have increased patient compliance with medication regimes. You'll also learn the impact that compliance has had on healthcare utilization and patient satisfaction during a September 10, 2008 webinar, Improving Medication Adherence: Practical Strategies to Increase Patient Compliance. Hear Stambaugh desribe these strategies during a pre-conference interview.

Patient Satisfaction in the Face of ED Overcrowding

Deirdre Mylod
As rising volumes and overcrowding affect EDs nationwide, hospitals are eager to reduce waits, notch up efficiency and, in turn, improve patient satisfaction. Drawing from her organization's 2008 ED Pulse Report, Press Ganey Vice President of Public Policy Deirdre Mylod, Ph.D., describes some strategies that can positively impact ED usage. She shares ideas from high-ranking EDs on coping with overcrowding and analyzes the impact that medical homes, retail clinics and patient education could have on ED trends. A lack of throughput for truly urgent patients, rather than the numbers of uninsured or underinsured patients in waiting rooms, is really at the root of ED overcrowding, she says.

Dr. Mylod also shares what ED physicians at a magnet hospital are doing to improve patient satisfaction marks and why communication and comfort go hand in hand in the ED waiting room. Discover how your organization can improve patient satisfaction in the ED from the strategies described by Dr. Mylod.

How the New PQRI Will Affect Emergency Department Provider Documentation

T SystemsProvides practical and actionable information on the changes in documentation and reporting involving physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners working in emergency care. The PQRI documentation standards, voluntary at present, are incentivized by financial bonuses from CMS. Providers and/or groups that are able to report data on at least 80% of qualified patients for each of at least three emergency medicine-related quality measures during calendar 2008, will receive the bonus. Discover how PQRI documentation standards impact your organization.

How Medical Net Systems EncounterSuite Creates the Framework for the Patient-Centered Medical Home

Medical Net Systems
The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PC-MH) is a concept for the ideal medical practice of the future. The American Academy of Family Practice’s TransforMed program has reported that the technology to create the PC-MH framework is not ready and is fragmented. New solutions must be identified. Medical Net Systems EncounterSuite, an online integrated Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Personal Health Record (PHR), provides a unified turnkey software framework for the PC-MH. This is accomplished through its integrated PHR/EMR, point of care wellness and disease management guidelines and best practices application, and three tracking modules, patient registries, Inbox (order tracking), and Tracking the Patient at Home module. Creating a framework for the patient-centered medical home.