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HIN Content Editor Cheryl Miller

The obesity problem keeps growing. A new study from Cornell University shows that almost 21 percent of healthcare costs in the United States are now spent on obesity, a figure that is more than double previous estimates, or a whopping $190 billion. For this reason, researchers stress that the benefits of preventing and reducing obesity have been underestimated; they hope to make a stronger case for government intervention to prevent this preventable condition. More on this weighty subject inside.

In line with this, another study shows that despite spending more on healthcare than any other developed nation, the United States scores lower than its peers on life expectancy, infant mortality, and other indicators of population health, according to the Institute of Medicine. The United States spent almost $2.5 trillion in 2009, the bulk on chronic diseases that could be decreased or prevented through public health initiatives, services and expertise.

Twenty-seven ACOs have been selected to participate in Medicare's Shared Savings Program (MSSP) effective April 1, CMS announced. This brings the total number of organizations participating in MSSP initiatives to 65, including the 32 Pioneer Model ACOs that were announced last December, and six Physician Group Practice Transition Demonstration organizations that started in January 2011. In all, more than 1.1 million beneficiaries are receiving care from providers participating in these initiatives, according to CMS.

With this issue we launch our second annual survey on ACOs. Tell us your organization's plan for accountable care by May 16 and receive a complimentary executive summary of the results.

And finally, many will welcome the news that the compliance date for ICD-10 conversion might be delayed by a full year, if a proposed ruling from the HHS is enacted. We will keep you posted.

Your colleague in the business of healthcare,
Cheryl Miller
Editor, Healthcare Business Weekly Update

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

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April 16, 2012
Vol. XIV, No. 14

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This week's industry news:

  1. 27 ACOs Join Medicare's Shared Savings Program
  2. Essential Guide to Accountable Care Organizations
  3. Obesity Accounts for 21 Percent of U.S. Healthcare Costs — More Than Double Previous Estimates
  4. 2011 Benchmarks in Obesity and Weight Management
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: 2011 Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives
  6. Proposed Rule Could Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date by 1 Year
  7. New Chart: How a Pharmacist Helps to Improve Medication Adherence
  8. Mapping the Way to ICD-10 Readiness
  9. Bulk of U.S. Healthcare Costs Spent on Preventable, Treatable Conditions: IOM Study
  10. Health Assessments for Reduced Risk and Real ROI
  11. 4 Steps to an Effective Model for Improved Medication Adherence
  12. Pharmacists and Medication Adherence
  13. Can Reality Programming Help to Prevent Diabetes? Stay Tuned
  14. HealthSounds Podcast: Second Annual Benchmarks in Reducing Avoidable ER Use
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This week's industry news

1.) 27 ACOs Join Medicare's Shared Savings Program

Twenty-seven ACOs have been selected to participate in Medicare's Shared Savings Program (MSSP) effective April 1, CMS announced.

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2.) Essential Guide to Accountable Care Organizations: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities of the ACO Model

Essential Guide to Accountable Care Organizations This resource delivers a detailed analysis of CMS's Medicare ACO Shared Savings Program as well the short- and long-term financial opportunities afforded by ACOs and an inside look at two existing ACOs and the lessons learned from their development and launch.


Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Obesity Accounts for 21 Percent of U.S. Healthcare Costs — More Than Double Previous Estimates

Almost 21 percent of healthcare costs in the United States are now spent on obesity, a figure that is more than double previous estimates, says a new Cornell University study.

Get the full story.

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4.) 2011 Benchmarks in Obesity and Weight Management

2011 Benchmarks in Obesity and Weight Management This 25-page resource takes a comprehensive look at efforts in the healthcare industry to manage obesity and weight, based on recent market research by the Healthcare Intelligence Network, which found that weight management is one of the top five disease management efforts for which financial and benefit-based incentives are offered.

Learn more about this resource.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: 2011 Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives

Benefit-based incentives are proving most successful at effecting positive health behavior change, according to the third annual Health & Wellness Incentives e-survey conducted by the Healthcare Intelligence Network. This white paper summarizes responses from 156 healthcare organizations to the March 2011 survey.

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6.) Proposed Rule Could Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date by 1 Year

HHS is proposing a rule that would delay the compliance date for the ICD-10 conversion from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014.

Get the full story.

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7.) New Chart: How a Pharmacist Helps to Improve Medication Adherence

How a Pharmacist Helps to Improve Medication Adherence Evidence continues to mount that heightened levels of medication adherence correlate to reduced hospitalizations and emergency room visits, especially among Medicare patients. We wanted to see the pharmacist's contributions to improving medication adherence.

Click here to view the chart.

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8.) Mapping the Way to ICD-10 Readiness: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's Approach

Mapping the Way to ICD-10 Readiness During this 45-minute webinar, Dennis Winkler, ICD-10 technical program director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, shared the health plan's mapping strategy along with other organizational readiness tactics.

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9.) Bulk of U.S. Healthcare Costs Spent on Preventable, Treatable Conditions: IOM Study

The United States spends more on healthcare than any other nation — almost $2.5 trillion in 2009 — and yet scores lower than other wealthy nations on life expectancy, infant mortality, and other indicators of population health, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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10.) Health Assessments for Reduced Risk and Real ROI: Innovations, Interventions and Incentives

Health Assessments for Reduced Risk and Real ROI In this resource industry experts describe the rudiments of a well-executed health risk assessment (HRA) program — one that is science-based, accompanied by an assessment of participant motivation and followed by a broad spectrum of health promotion and wellness programs.


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11.) 4 Steps to an Effective Model for Improved Medication Adherence

By utilizing established medical treatment plans, onsite clinical pharmacists, primary physicians and contracts of care between the patient, county and pharmacist, organizations can effectively improve their medication adherence rates, explains Jan Berger, MD, chief medical officer for Silverlink Communications, Inc.

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12.) Pharmacists and Medication Adherence: Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing and Telepharmacy

Pharmacists and Medication Adherence This 50-page resource describes a number of interventions in which pharmacists help to guide patients and health plan members to higher levels of medication adherence — programs that take place in the pharmacy, in the physician practice, or virtually.


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13.) Can Reality Programming Help to Prevent Diabetes? Stay Tuned

Think “The Real Patients with Diabetes:” a reality series follows six patients with Type 2 diabetes. While it may not draw the legions of viewers of a “Real Housewives” franchise, UnitedHealth Group hopes this type of programming can impact a more dire reality: the number of individuals who will develop type 2 diabetes.

Read this blog post.

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14.) HealthSounds Podcast: Second Annual Benchmarks in Reducing Avoidable ER Use — Pain Management Driving 'Ultra Utilizers'

Melanie Matthews The use of nurse-only health advice lines to reduce avoidable ER visits is up 10 percent over 2010 levels, according to HIN's second annual survey on reducing avoidable emergency room use. In this podcast, Melanie Matthews shares key metrics from the 2011 survey, including program availability, health advice line use, new benchmarks on contributions from health coaches and health educators in this area and the biggest barrier to program launch.

Also, Dr. Mina Chang describes the methodology behind Ohio Medicaid's interventions to encourage appropriate ED utilization by this population.

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