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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Today's patient-centered care delivery models are closing in on care transitions, but until now, the SNF-hospital transfer has received scant attention. Summa Health System hopes to change that with its remarkable SNF care coordination network. The network unites independent SNFs in the common goal of reducing adverse outcomes from poor transfers. You'll get the details in this week's issue.

One of the outcomes of Summa Health's program is reduced rehospitalizations of the frail elderly. Industry-wide, efforts to reduce pneumonia-related readmissions have doubled in the last year, according to new market research we share with you in this issue.

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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April 11, 2011
Vol. XIII, No. 14

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This week's industry news:

  1. Most Americans Want More Coordinated Care, Transparency, EHRs
  2. Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2011
  3. Efforts to Reduce Pneumonia-Related Readmissions Doubled in Last Year
  4. 2011 Benchmarks in Reducing Hospital Readmissions
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Preparedness and the Force of Law
  6. Do Compulsive Eating and Substance Dependence Share Similar Brain Patterns?
  7. New Chart: Which 5 Wellness Programs Respond Best to Incentives?
  8. Real ROI from Health Management
  9. Competitors Collaborate in SNF Care Coordination Network
  10. Improving Transitions of Care Between Hospital and SNF
  11. Hospital-Acquired Conditions Data Now on CMS Hospital Compare Site
  12. 2011 Benchmarks in Healthcare Case Management
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Co-Locating Case Managers in the Care Continuum
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1.) Most Americans Want More Coordinated Care, Transparency, EHRs

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2.) Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2011: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry

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3.) Efforts to Reduce Pneumonia-Related Readmissions Doubled in Last Year

Efforts to reduce readmissions in pneumonia patients doubled from 2009 to 2010, according to new market research from the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

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4.) 2011 Benchmarks in Reducing Hospital Readmissions

2011 Benchmarks in Reducing Hospital Readmissions An all-new follow-up to the best-selling 2010 edition, 2011 Benchmarks in Reducing Hospital Readmissions quantifies efforts by 90 healthcare organizations to reduce avoidable readmissions in their most vulnerable and high-utilization populations, as reflected by responses to HIN's second annual survey on Reducing Hospital Readmissions, conducted in December 2010. This 2011 edition is packed with new metrics on current and planned programs to reduce readmissions, presented in more than 40 easy-to-follow graphs and tables.

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6.) Do Compulsive Eating and Substance Dependence Share Similar Brain Patterns?

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7.) New Chart: Which 5 Wellness Programs Respond Best to Incentives?

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9.) Competitors Collaborate in SNF Care Coordination Network

Summa Health System’s partnership with dozens of SNFs proves competitors can partner to address a common goal — in this case, reducing adverse outcomes from poorly managed hospital-SNF transfers and sharing accountability for the care of these patients.

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

Improving Transitions of Care Between Hospital and SNF The Care Coordination Network created by Summa Health System has been able to reduce hospital readmission rates and average length of stay for patients transferred to these SNFs...and has them well-positioned as they work toward development of an accountable care organization (ACO). This webinar described how to create a win-win for SNFs and hospitals to reduce readmission rates; three key areas that negatively impacted care transitions between Summa’s hospitals and SNFs in its community; strategies implemented by Summa to address the key hospital-to-SNF transition challenges; and much more.

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11.) Hospital-Acquired Conditions Data Now on CMS Hospital Compare Site

For the first time, Medicare patients can see how often hospitals report serious conditions that develop during an inpatient hospital stay and possibly harm patients, with important new data about the safety of care available in America’s hospitals added to CMS’s Hospital Compare Web site.

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12.) 2011 Benchmarks in Healthcare Case Management: Responsibilities, Results & ROI

2011 Benchmarks in Healthcare Case Management This all-new follow-up to the best-selling 2010 edition provides actionable information from 201 healthcare organizations on the prominence, placement and responsibilities of case managers as well as case management-driven results in healthcare utilization, cost and compliance. This resource contains comparative 2010-over-2011 data on key activities, including the latest ways case managers communicate with the individuals whose care they manage; new metrics on case manager case load; and much more.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Co-Locating Case Managers in the Care Continuum

Jan Van der Mei Co-locating healthcare case managers in care settings can improve communication with patients as they move through the continuum of care, says Jan Van der Mei, regional director of continuum case management for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. Ms. Van der Mei describes the major issues that case managers face while helping patients navigate the Sutter system, as well as the key role of case managers in reducing hospital readmissions.

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