Dartmouth Hitchcock Built Medical Home on Road to ACO

Dartmouth Hitchcock’s path to an accountable care organization began seven years ago, and along the way it created a patient-centered medical home model that is a cornerstone of accountable care. Dr. Barbara Walters, senior medical director, returned to HIN this week to share how Dartmouth Hitchcock’s participation in the CMS Physician Group Practice (PGP) demo has enabled it to greatly improve care and health outcomes while lowering cost. Read more

New Health Coach Profile: Meet Laurie Johnson

This month’s inside look at a health coach, the choices he or she has made on the road to success, and the challenges ahead: Laurie Johnson, BFA, PPC, Personal Coach & Workshop Facilitator for Details Coaching. Excerpted from the June 2011 HealthCoach Huddle. Read more    

14 Observations on Healthcare from a Country Doctor

Last weekend I caught the tail end of NPR’s interview with David Loxtercamp, a Maine physician and author of A Measure of Days: The Journal of a Country Doctor. The interview ends with Dr. Loxtercamp’s 14 thought-provoking observations on health: Read more    

5 Rules for Engaging Employees in Health and Wellness Programs

“Employee engagement is the holy grail of well-being, health, and productivity programs. Employers that have achieved real returns from wellness programs recognize the role of engagement — not just in health programs, but in the interconnected health, work, and personal factors we call life. Fortunately, employee engagement is easier than many employers think. Simply following these five ‘rules of engagement’ will help maximize company performance,” suggests Henry Albrecht, CEO of Limeade, Inc.: Read more    

The Case Management Monitor is Here!

Yes, it’s here – our inaugural Case Management Monitor. It’s HIN’s newest bi-weekly e-newsletter, dedicated to providing the latest news, tools and trends in the healthcare case management arena. Read more    

Sensei mHealth App Coaches Diabetics Virtually

Forget Angry Birds. There’s a new app on the market, and it’s promising to be a lot better for your health. Sensei, Inc., a technology company that designs mobile health, or mHealth solutions, has been awarded a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant for diabetes and prediabetes research in association with the University of Miami, the Miami VA healthcare System, and the Health Foundation of South Florida. Together, they will trial Sensei’s new mobile application for diabetes and prediabetes users. Read more    

Release of Medicare Claims Data Reshapes Quality Measurement Landscape

In a move that could redefine the quality measurement landscape and increase transparency for stakeholders, CMS has proposed rules that will grant qualified organizations access to patient-protected Medicare data for use in provider performance reports. Read more    

Fast-Tracked Emergency Department Intervention Targets Adult Dental Frequent Utilizers

A pilot to reduce emergency room visits by adult dental frequent utilizers in Ohio’s Medicaid population has met with early success, reports Mina Chang, Ph. D., of Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services. Read more    

New Market Research Finds Benefit-Based Incentives Best for Behavior Change

A gift card to Starbucks just might encourage employees to spend more time on the treadmill, but reducing their health premiums is a better long-term strategy. Read more    

Health Savings Account Enrollment Reaches 11.4 Million

An estimated 11.4 million Americans are covered by health savings account (HSA)-eligible insurance plans, an increase of more than 14 percent since last year, according to a new census from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Read more    

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