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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

The gap is closing between early adopters of health information technology and other organizations, particularly smaller medical practices, in benefits achieved from HIT. A recent review by ONC of articles published on HIT benefits shows increased evidence of improved quality and efficiency of care and better access to care for leader and non-leader organizations alike.

Driven by incentives for HIT adoption, the number of healthcare organizations, including smaller practices, using HIT is increasing. However, concerns exist about the financial investment and clinician support necessary to achieve meaningful use of the technology, according to a new study by Beacon Partners. In this week's issue, read more about these challenges as well as concerns among healthcare industry professionals about the perception of health reform legislation changes.

Your colleague in the business of healthcare,
Patricia Donovan
Editor, Healthcare Business Weekly Update

Please send comments, questions and replies to pdonovan@hin.com.

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March 14, 2011
Vol. XIII, No. 10

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This week's industry news:

  1. Study Shows Positive Results for HIT in Quality, Efficient Care
  2. 2011 Performance Benchmarks in Telehealth & Telemedicine
  3. Physicians To Take Lead on ACO Administration
  4. 2011 Benchmarks in Accountable Care Organizations
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: The Moment of Force
  6. Can Facebook Influence Self-Esteem?
  7. New Chart: Top Targeted Populations for Reducing Readmissions
  8. Health IT in Care Management
  9. Families in Financial Crisis Cannot Care for Elderly Relatives
  10. Prescription for Profitability
  11. Half of Healthcare Professionals Say Repeal of Health Reform Will Have Negative Impact on Patient Care
  12. Guide to Medical Home Reimbursement
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: 2011 Metrics in Accountable Care Organizations
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This week's industry news

1.) Study Shows Positive Results for HIT in Quality, Efficient Care; Benefits Healthcare Providers

Ninety-two percent of articles on health information technology (HIT) reached conclusions that showed overall positive effects of HIT on key aspects of care including quality and efficiency of healthcare, according to an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) study.

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2.) 2011 Performance Benchmarks in Telehealth & Telemedicine

2011 Benchmarks in Telehealth & Telemedicine An all-new update to the best-selling 2010 edition, this 50-page resource is packed with actionable new information from 111 healthcare organizations on their utilization of telehealth & telemedicine. This resource documents trends and metrics on current and planned telehealth and telemedicine initiatives and includes a year-over-year comparison of telehealth trends from 2009 to 2010.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Physicians To Take Lead on ACO Administration

While hospitals are at the helm of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in operation today, the future of ACO management will be in the hands of physicians, according to an ACO e-survey conducted by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

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4.) 2011 Benchmarks in Accountable Care Organizations: Metrics from Early ACO Adopters

2011 Benchmarks in Accountable Care Organizations This 40-page resource delivers actionable data from 228 healthcare companies that responded to HIN's February 2011 ACO readiness assessment. The result? A comprehensive snapshot of ACO awareness, participation, administration, targeted populations, payment models and much more from healthcare companies already immersed in the ACO architecture.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: The Moment of Force — Four New Ways to Favorably Leverage Healthcare Costs

By resting your financial lever on one of four new healthcare cost-saving fulcrums, you can reduce the burden of employee healthcare costs more easily and effectively than by brute force. In fact, the solution is less about muscle than it is about manipulating simple techniques to maximize employee health. Learn more about these cost-saving strategies in this white paper.

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6.) Can Facebook Influence Self-Esteem?

Facebook can have a positive influence on the self-esteem of college students, which could be because Facebook allows students to put their best face forward, said Jeffrey Hancock, associate professor of communication at Cornell University.

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7.) New Chart: Top Targeted Populations for Reducing Readmissions

Targeted Populations for Reducing Readmissions Many healthcare organizations are taking a hard look at readmission trends in their populations and launching programs to reduce hospital readmission rates. We wanted to see which populations organizations are targeting to reduce hospital readmissions.


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8.) Health IT in Care Management to Improve Health and Effect Behavior Change

Health IT in Care Management This resource describes the enrollment and engagement of patients in telemedicine programs in a variety of care settings. Experts describe the prerequisites for using technologies to engage patients in chronic disease improvement programs, setting the scene for care management and behavior change, and sharing how technology has enhanced patient engagement and self-management in specific populations.

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9.) Families in Financial Crisis Cannot Care for Elderly Relatives

Because of the collision of the economy, the healthcare crisis and a large population of aging Americans, many families are in or near a financial crisis that makes it more difficult to provide care to a family member, according to a Volunteers of America study.

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10.) Prescription for Profitability: 50 Ideas to Stimulate Healthcare Savings

Prescription for Profitability This 35-page resource delivers cutting-edge advice on key programs funded for pilots, demos and incentives in healthcare reform — the patient-centered medical home, health coaching, care transitions, hospital readmissions, medication management and innovative payment models like the accountable care organization (ACO). It provides a quick-reference on key programs and innovations that can help to put money back on the table for stakeholders by improving the quality of healthcare and curtailing avoidable utilization and cost.

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11.) Half of Healthcare Professionals Say Repeal of Health Reform Will Have Negative Impact on Patient Care

Forty-seven percent of healthcare professionals feel that a repeal of healthcare reform would have a negative impact on patient care, according to a Beacon Partners 2011 Healthcare Reform study.

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12.) Guide to Medical Home Reimbursement

Guide to Medical Home Reimbursement This resource delivers comprehensive analyses of emerging payment models for patient-centered care from early adopters striving to put a fair price on care coordination tasks and adequately reward providers for medical home adoption. More than 70 illustrations; Q&A chapter answers 75 questions on medical home reimbursement.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: 2011 Metrics in Accountable Care Organizations

Melanie Matthews Are accountable care organizations (ACOs) the new wave of healthcare delivery?

In this month's healthcare performance benchmarks podcast, Healthcare Intelligence Network's Melanie Matthews analyzes the industry's acceptance of and participation in accountable care organizations derived from HIN's February 2011 survey results.

Jeffrey Ruggiero, Esq., advises ACO participants to prepare for the legal and regulatory hurdles.

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