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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Two examples this week of patient-centered interventions that reduce cost growth and avoidable utilization. First, read about CDPHP's medical home pilot, which chalked up a $32 PMPM savings at the end of its first year as well as significant reductions in ER visits and hospital admissions. Its physicians are happier, too, thanks to a novel reimbursement approach that CDPHP's Dr. Bruce Nash shared with us in a recent interview.

Higher physician satisfaction has already been reported from the Guided Care model, a physician-nurse team approach to primary care for the elderly with multiple chronic illnesses. This week, you'll get the latest results from its 20-month randomized controlled trial, including its effect on the numbers of home health visits, SNF admissions and hospital readmissions by the populations it serves. Prior to the start of the trial, Dr. Chad Boult explained how Guided Care differs from the medical home approach.

As our fourth annual health and wellness incentives survey winds down, it looks like gift cards are the most popular incentive but not the most effective. To see what more than 120 healthcare organizations are doing in this area, take the survey by March 31.

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

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March 28, 2011
Vol. XIII, No. 12

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Improving Transitions of Care Between Hospital and SNF: A Collaboration Supporting the Accountable Care Vision

This week's industry news:

  1. CDPHP Medical Home Pilot Reduces Cost Growth for Primary Care Practices
  2. MORE Medical Home Reimbursement Models
  3. Avoiding the 5 Drivers of Low-Value Care
  4. Guide to Physician Performance-Based Reimbursement
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Medical Home Disruptive Innovation for New Primary Care Model
  6. Computerized Systems Reduce Psychiatric Drug Errors
  7. New Chart: Top 5 Indicators of Medical Home Effectiveness
  8. 2011 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook
  9. Elderly Guided Care Patients Experience 16 Percent Fewer SNF Days
  10. Comorbidity Care Models
  11. U.S. Death Rate Falls for 10th Straight Year
  12. Guide to Health Risk Assessment and Stratification
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Hospital-to-SNF Care Transitions
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This week's industry news

1.) CDPHP Medical Home Pilot Reduces Cost Growth for Primary Care Practices

Capital District Physicians' Health Plan Inc.ís (CDPHP®) nationally recognized patient-centered medical home (PCMH) pilot has resulted in dramatic declines in medical cost growth at three local physician practices.

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2.) MORE Medical Home Reimbursement Models: ROI from Risk Adjustment, Shared Savings and Multi-Payor Partnerships

MORE Medical Home Reimbursement Models The newest strategies for generating revenue from the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) are documented in this 45-page resource. Learn how the identification of high-risk patients, meaningful distribution of healthcare data and collaborations with like-minded organizations are increasing medical home profitability for three healthcare organizations.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Avoiding the 5 Drivers of Low-Value Care

HealthPartners' multi-pronged approach to transforming healthcare includes the avoidance of the five drivers of low-value healthcare, explains Babette Apland, senior vice president of health and care management for HealthPartners.

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4.) Guide to Physician Performance-Based Reimbursement: Payoffs from Incentives, Data Sharing and Clinical Integration

Guide to Physician Performance-Based Reimbursement The Guide to Physician Performance-Based Reimbursement: Payoffs from Incentives, Data Sharing and Clinical Integration explores newly minted reimbursement formulas at two health plans and two independent practice associations (IPAs), providing payor and provider perspectives on the formula development process; clinical, quality and efficiency measures; physician incentives and payments; and program outcomes. This 60-page special report also examines the collection and sharing of physician performance data by these four organizations.

Learn more about this resource.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: The Medical Home Disruptive Innovation for a New Primary Care Model

This white paper examines medical home models, their savings potential, and the implications for policymakers and key industry stakeholders. This paper also offers compelling arguments in favor of medical home adoption.

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6.) Computerized Systems Reduce Psychiatric Drug Errors

Coupling an e-prescribing drug ordering system with a computerized method for reporting adverse events can dramatically reduce the number of medication errors in a hospitalís psychiatric unit, according to new research.

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7.) New Chart: Top 5 Indicators of Medical Home Effectiveness

Indicators of Medical Home Effectiveness The patient-centered medical home can deliver quality care at little or no added cost while improving patient and provider satisfaction. We wanted to see which metrics organizations evaluate to measure the effectiveness of the medical home.


Click here to view the chart.

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8.) 2011 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook: Metrics, Measurements and Innovations

2011 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook This 480-page resource — HIN's second annual compilation of performance benchmarks in key areas of healthcare activity and growth — delivers more than 23,000 data points from 1,000 responding healthcare organizations in an easy-to-use binder format. It contains more than 400 graphs and tables documenting adoption, activity and ROI in nine key healthcare areas, frequently drilling down to the perspectives of hospitals, health plans and employers. Key areas include: medication adherence, telehealth and telemedicine, the patient-centered medical home, and more.

Learn more about this resource.

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9.) Elderly Guided Care Patients Experience 16 Percent Fewer SNF Days

After 20 months of a randomized controlled trial, Guided Care patients experienced, on average, 16 percent fewer skilled nursing facility (SNF) days, according to a study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study also found that 30 percent of Guided Care patients experienced fewer home healthcare episodes.

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10.) Comorbidity Care Models: Integrated Action Plans for Complex Healthcare Needs

Comorbidity Care Models This 38-page special report presents emerging models of care for comorbidity — including Johns Hopkins Guided Care model — with a special focus on the needs of aging multi-morbid patients as well as those whose comorbidity encompasses physical and behavioral health conditions.

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11.) U.S. Death Rate Falls for 10th Straight Year

The age-adjusted death rate for the U.S. population fell to an all-time low of 741 deaths per 100,000 people in 2009 — 2.3 percent lower than the 2008 rate, according to preliminary 2009 death statistics released by the CDCís National Center for Health Statistics.

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12.) Guide to Health Risk Assessment and Stratification

Guide to Health Risk Assessment and Stratification This 140-page guide describes the processes of health risk assessment (HRA) and stratification as well as applications and benefits of health assessment in the workplace and other healthcare settings. It examines the HRA's impact on cost, utilization and patient health status and answers more than 60 questions on HRAs.

Learn more about this resource.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Hospital-to-SNF Care Transition Approach Reduces Readmissions, Lengths of Stay

Carolyn Holder Working with a network of 40 skilled nursing facilities to hone the hospital-to-SNF transfer of care has accomplished two goals for Summa Health System: readmissions and lengths of stay for patients released to SNFs have been reduced, and the experience has made hospitals and SNFs more accountable for both the quality and cost of care they provide. Carolyn Holder, manager of transitional care for Summa Health System, describes what had to happen before this critical care transition could improve and why physicians had to rethink their approach to hospital-to-SNF transfers.

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