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Healthcare Intelligence Network
Healthcare Buyer's Connection
Volume IV, No. 25
December 23, 2005
Table of Contents

1.) Company Profiles

  • VHA
  • Peachtree Search Group
  • Ascendia Healthcare Management
  • Tumbleweed Communications
2.) Waging War on Cost of Chronic Disease
3.) First Study Of Physician P4P Reveals Some Positive Effects On Quality
4.) Pay for Performance: Raising the Bar on Quality, Efficiency and Results
5.) Recommended Reading: Case Studies in Health Plan Pay-for-Performance Programs

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Using Web Technologies in Consumer-Driven Healthcare in 2006, a January 17, 2006 audio conference, will provide an overview of how healthcare organizations are providing the right tools via their organizations' web sites to ensure that consumers have the information they need to assess the impact of their healthcare decisions.

Web technologies play a crucial role in the success of consumer-driven healthcare plans. These technologies allow consumers to exert greater control over their own health and the healthcare services they access.

During this 90-minute audio conference, your expert panel of speakers, Kim Bellard, vice president of eMarketing, Highmark Inc. and John Mills, director, product development, HIP Health Plan, will provide inside details on how their organizations are using web technologies in their consumer-driven healthcare plans.

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1.) VHA, TX

VHA is a nationwide network of community-owned health care systems and their physicians. VHA has more than 2,200 members – some of the nation's leading health care institutions, many whose names you know:

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



Peachtree Search Group, GA

Executive search firm focused exclusively on healthcare information technology.

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



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Ascendia Healthcare Management, MD

Ascendia Healthcare Management, Inc. is a management services and consulting organization specializing in healthcare management and technology outsourcing services. Ascendia provides Managed Care Administration, Medical Management, Physician Practice and Reimbursement Management, and Strategic, Operational, and Clinical Consulting.

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



Tumbleweed Communications

Tumbleweed Communications provides secure content management solutions that enable health care organizations to manage and secure the communications that flow in and out of their organizations. Tumbleweed's Secure Guardian™ framework enables organizations to filter and block dangerous content, including viruses, malicious mobile code and spam, while ensuring that company, partner and patient communications meet proposed HIPAA privacy regulations.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/hipaacomply.html#TC



2.) Waging War on Cost of Chronic Disease

Learn about the prevalence of chronic diseases, key elements necessary in a successful disease management program, and outlines the Beyond Disease Management program. This white paper also highlights outcomes experienced by American Health clients: drastic reductions in members' overall ER visits, hospitalizations and absenteeism, and disease-specific clinical outcomes.

Register to download your copy today at:
http://www.hin.com/library/registerwwo.html



3.) First Study Of Physician P4P Reveals Some Positive Effects On Quality

Significant quality improvements have been found by the first study to assess the effects of a physician pay-for-performance program by a large health plan.

Conducted by Meredith B. Rosenthal of Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues, the study compared two groups in PacifiCare Health Systems, one that has a P4P program and one that does not.

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



4.) Pay for Performance: Raising the Bar on Quality, Efficiency and Results

Pay for Performance (P4P), the burgeoning movement in the healthcare industry to align financial incentives with improved results, is touted as a means of improving healthcare quality without increasing costs. Health plans are now devising metrics for tying millions of dollars in physician bonus incentives to healthcare quality outcomes.

In this special report, "Pay for Performance: Raising the Bar on Quality, Efficiency and Results," based on two recent audio conferences, a panel of experts shared their experiences: healthcare consultants analyzed the results of national studies on the reach of P4P programs among U.S.-based health plans and sketched out a timeline for future developments, while three organizations described their ongoing efforts to build cohesive P4P programs.

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5.) Recommended Reading: Case Studies in Health Plan Pay-for-Performance Programs

Case Studies in Health Plan Pay-for-Performance Programs provides practical guidance for health plans seeking to design and implement pay-for-performance programs that will fully engage physician partners, align financial incentives and bring about lasting improvements in the quality of health care.

With more attention than ever focused on health insurance premiums and the quality of care provided to enrollees, more managed care plans are developing pay-for-performance programs. The key to success for these initiatives is achieving buy-in from participating physicians and medical groups, and Case Studies in Health Plan Pay-for-Performance Programs is designed to help you profit from the lessons learned by many of the leaders in the field.

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