Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

This week we feature AARP's findings on elders' attitudes toward technology — they want to use it to help them stay in their homes longer, but are daunted by IT costs, training and support requirements. Given the current focus on collaborations in healthcare, there's an opportunity here for makers of sensors, home monitors, medication dispensers and computer games. Partnering with providers to reduce tech resistance in this population could boost patient compliance levels, provide real-time health status updates, prevent some unnecessary office and hospital visits and alert family and providers to critical events such as a fall or missed medication. The elders will also derive a sense of well-being from staying in their homes longer, which should free up more hospital and nursing home beds.

In a related story, Ovations Clinical Care Manager Judith Szilagyi-Neary shares strategies for developing partnerships that can help to fill care gaps in disease management efforts.

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

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Volume X, No. 4
April 14, 2008

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Table of Contents
  1. Medicare Reduces Number of Yearly Drug Plan Reassignments
  2. Medicare Advantage News
  3. Filling Care Gaps Through Community-Based Partnerships for Disease Management
  4. Profitable Partnerships in Disease Management: Community Collaborations that Enhance Care Access and Outcomes
  5. Featured Healthcare Blog: Some Parents Say No to Vaccines, Creating Public Health Risks
  6. Genetic Variant Linked to Nicotine Addiction and Lung Cancer
  7. The Addiction Treatment Planner, 3rd Edition
  8. Older People Want to Use Technology to Help Them Remain at Home
  9. The Patient's Home: The New Healthcare Hub
  10. HHS Awards $1.1 Billion for HIV/AIDS Care, Medications
  11. Bloodborne Pathogens — Inservice program
  12. Monthly e-Survey: Personal Health Records for Consumers


1. Medicare Reduces Number of Yearly Drug Plan Reassignments

A final regulation that could allow nearly 1 million Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and resources to remain in the Medicare prescription drug plan in which they are enrolled without having to pay a premium has been issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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2. Medicare Advantage News

Medicare Advantage News provides the news and expert analysis you need to increase enrollees and revenues in the Medicare Advantage program and sidestep the dangerous pitfalls ahead.

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3. Filling Care Gaps Through Community-Based Partnerships for Disease Management

Judy Szilagyi-Neary, the clinical care manager at Ovations, a UnitedHealthcare company, discusses the how and why of community-based partnerships as well as the process of maximizing such partnerships within the medical practice field.

The population explosion with older adults is dominating the time that needs to be spent helping individual patients to understand their diseases and manage their conditions. Along with their physicians, they are very frustrated because they cannot manage their disease, they cannot obtain their medications, they may not be able to get transportation and they may not even know their financial status. Medical and social needs are frequently entwined.

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4. Profitable Partnerships in Disease Management: Community Collaborations that Enhance Care Access and Outcomes

This report offers tips for structuring partnerships and maximizing the benefits, overcoming the challenges community partnerships can present and evaluating the impact these collaborations can have on program effectiveness. This report also features case studies from two healthcare organizations that successfully collaborate with community resources to create more robust DM offerings, particularly for their Medicaid and Medicare members and patients.

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5. Featured Healthcare Blog Post: Some Parents Say No to Vaccines, Creating Public Health Risks

Posted April 3, 2008 -- According to a recent article in the NY Times, a growing number of parents in California (and 19 other states including Ohio and Texas) are opting to not vaccinate their children against some diseases such as...

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6. Genetic Variant Linked to Nicotine Addiction and Lung Cancer

Scientists have identified a genetic variant that not only makes smokers more susceptible to nicotine addiction but also increases their risk of developing two smoking-related diseases, lung cancer and peripheral arterial disease. The research was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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7. The Addiction Treatment Planner, 3rd Edition

The Addiction Treatment Planner, Third Edition provides all the elements necessary to quickly and easily develop formal treatment plans that satisfy the demands of HMOs, managed care companies, third-party payors, and state and federal review agencies.

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8. Older People Want to Use Technology to Help Them Remain at Home

Older adults want to use technology so they can age safely in their home. And family caregivers agree, believing technology can ease some of the challenges of caregiving. But installation costs and equipment maintenance remain barriers for people 65 and older and for caregivers. These are the conclusions of two new reports, one from AARP and the other from the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA).

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9. The Patient's Home: The New Healthcare Hub

This audio conference on CD-ROM examines how healthcare organizations are using home monitoring technologies to improve care management and reduce healthcare costs.

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10. HHS Awards $1.1 Billion for HIV/AIDS Care, Medications

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt has announced grants of more than $1.1 billion to provide primary care, medications and services for low-income and underinsured people living with HIV/AIDS. Funded under Part B of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, the grants are awarded to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation041408.html



11. Bloodborne Pathogens — Inservice program

This program provides orientation and annual training on bloodborne pathogens (HIV, HBV, HCV) as required by OSHA. It covers epidemiology, signs and symptoms, modes of transmission, personal protective equipment, standard precautions, and handling occupational exposures.

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12. Monthly e-Survey: Personal Health Records for Consumers

Increasingly, providers, health plans, employers and vendors are offering personal health records (PHRs) to individuals that they can maintain themselves and share with other healthcare organizations. (PHRs are separate from electronic medical records, which are software systems designed for use by healthcare providers.)

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