Healthcare Buyer's Connection, Vol. VI, No. 13, 7/13/2007


Healthcare Intelligence Network
Healthcare Buyer's Connection
Volume VI, No. 13
July 13, 2007

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Table of Contents
  1. Company Profiles
      Peachtree Search Group
    • Houck & Associates
    • SPSS Inc.
    • Prism Health Networks
  2. The Impact of Retail Clinics
  3. AMA Calls For Investigation Of Retail Health Clinics
  4. The Medical Home: Pathway to Patient-Centric Primary Care
  5. Recommended Reading: For Emergency Use Only: Curbing Unnecessary Emergency Room Use Through Education, Accountability and Physician Engagement


1.) Peachtree Search Group

Executive search firm focused exclusively on healthcare information technology.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_executive_search.html



Houck & Associates

Houck & Associates provides innovative outpatient consulting to integrated delivery networks, physician groups hosptials, insurers and vendors nationwide. Specializing in matching key client competencies with new revenue options and market trends, our staff know the issues from clinical and strategic perspectives.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_consultants.html#houck



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SPSS Inc.

SPSS helps healthcare organizations produce performance metrics for accreditation requirements; measure and improve patient health outcomes; understand and build patient satisfaction and loyalty; manage and contain costs; control quality; and attract more patients.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_technology.html#spss



Prism Health Networks

Prism Health Networks is a managed care organization that is a leader in the development of networks for the delivery of Complementary Alternative Medical Services, Utilization Management, claims and quality assurance.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_MCO.html#prism



2.) The Impact of Retail Clinics

According to a University of Michigan study, there are currently over 20 companies operating about 300 retail clinics in the United States, and over 2,000 clinics are expected to open by the end of 2008. With this number on the rise, the Healthcare Intelligence Network conducted a non-scientific online survey in March 2007 where 254 hospitals, physician organizations, health plans and consumers weighed in on the impact of retail clinics on their business.

Learn more in this white paper available for download at:
http://www.hin.com/library/registerrc.html



3.) AMA Calls For Investigation Of Retail Health Clinics

Health insurers are waiving co-payments for members who use retail health clinics and that is drawing the ire of the American Medical Association (AMA).

So much so that the AMA is calling for state and federal investigations into store health clinics claiming there is potential for conflicts of interest between the clinics and pharmacies.

While the AMA cited quality and safety as its concern about store clinics, the real reason may be emerging when the association called for equal treatment for physicians regarding health insurers’ co-payment policies.

To read this story in its entirety click here:
http://www.hin.com/bcstory.html



4.) The Medical Home: Pathway to Patient-Centric Primary Care

"The Medical Home: Pathway to Patient-Centric Primary Care," addresses the value and challenges of medical homes from the viewpoints of organizations already trying to establish medical homes for their populations. Covered in this 40-page special report are funding and implementation hurdles, successful methods for identifying members and redesigning office practices to move toward an advanced medical home model.

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5.) Recommended Reading: For Emergency Use Only: Curbing Unnecessary Emergency Room Use Through Education, Accountability and Physician Engagement

For Emergency Use Only: Curbing Unnecessary Emergency Room Use Through Education, Accountability and Physician Engagement provides a blueprint for health plans, hospitals and providers desiring to address and reduce unnecessary ED utilization in their populations. In this 35-page special report, Roberta Burgess, clinical case manager, Community Care Plan of Eastern Carolina, and Gerald Kiplinger, vice president and executive director of the Georgia Enhanced Care program for APS Healthcare, detail how to target and reduce unnecessary and inappropriate ED use.

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http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3566


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