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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

HHS and other entities are investing heavily in efforts to reduce avoidable utilization. In this week's issue, read about HHS's $500 million commitment to reduce nine preventable and costly complications that occur during hospital stays or care transitions.

You'll also learn how hospitals are getting in the act to make healthcare more affordable — for example, by sending case managers to homes of patients with heart failure to provide customized home health and education.

I just finished editing the 2011 edition of our Benchmarks in Reducing Hospital Readmissions, which prompted me to write a blog post on the 4 C's of Reducing Readmissions.

Don't forget to tell us how the patient-centered medical home is working for you in this month's e-survey.

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

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April 18, 2011
Vol. XIII, No. 15

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Assessing ACO Business Opportunities in the Medicare and Commercial Markets

This week's industry news:

  1. How Geisinger Risk-Ranks Individuals for Case Management
  2. Guide to Patient-Centered Case Management
  3. Hospitals Take Action to Make Care More Affordable
  4. Prescription for Profitability
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Tobacco Cessation
  6. Hookah Use Widespread Among College Students
  7. New Table: 5 Challenges of New CMS ACO Rule
  8. Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives, 2010 Edition
  9. Elderly Patients and Providers Don’t Discuss Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  10. Relieving the Costs and Consequences of Chronic Pain
  11. HHS Targets 9 Preventable Medical Errors and Complications
  12. 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Managing Care Transitions
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Patient Registries — Cornerstone in Creating, Delivering Accountable Care
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This week's industry news

1.) How Geisinger Risk-Ranks Individuals for Case Management

Geisinger Health Plan targets four key populations when identifying individuals for case management, according to two regional managers of case management for health services at Geisinger Health Plan.

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2.) Guide to Patient-Centered Case Management

Guide to Patient-Centered Case Management This 118-page resource presents best practices in identifying, stratifying and monitoring individuals for case management and documents the returns generated by targeted case management interventions in place at Geisinger Health System and other organizations. The Q&A chapter answers more than 50 questions on patient-centered case management.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Hospitals Take Action to Make Care More Affordable

Despite the many factors driving healthcare spending, hospitals are taking actions to make care more affordable while providing quality patient care, according to a new TrendWatch report from the American Hospital Association (AHA).

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4.) 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).

Learn more about this resource.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Tobacco Cessation

This white paper summarizes results of the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s second annual Tobacco Cessaton & Prevention e-survey conducted in November 2010, revealing the efforts of 84 healthcare organizations to curb these trends, including program availability, program components and reimbursement trends.

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6.) Hookah Use Widespread Among College Students

Despite a growing number of cities instituting smoking bans across the country, the number of hookah bars is increasing, especially in locations near college campuses.

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7.) New Table: 5 Challenges of New CMS ACO Rule

5 Challenges of New CMS ACO Rule With CMS’ long-waited proposed rule governing the Medicare Shared Savings (ACO) program now on the table, healthcare organizations will begin to analyze the opportunities that exist with accountable care organizations. We wanted to identify the challenges of the new CMS ACO rule.


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8.) Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives, 2010 Edition: Utilization and Effectiveness Data to Drive Health Promotion, Compliance and ROI

Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives, 2010 Edition This resource is packed with actionable new metrics on incentives activity, including the prevalence of incentives, favored incentive types, the population health management activities most often incentivized, identification and eligibility of recipients, and incentive program challenges, measurement tools, results and ROI.

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9.) Elderly Patients and Providers Don’t Discuss Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Despite their high use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), Americans over the age of 50 often do not discuss CAM use with their healthcare providers.

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10.) Relieving the Costs and Consequences of Chronic Pain: A Best Practice Multimodal Approach

Relieving the Costs and Consequences of Chronic Pain This 35-page resource offers an antidote for the many Americans suffering daily from chronic or persistent pain and the healthcare organizations that treat them. Featuring contributions from two of pain management's foremost experts, this special report offers multi-faceted strategies in pain assessment and management to improve quality of life for the chronic pain patient, reducing healthcare utilization in the process. This resource also describes patient-centric pain management tactics that engage the patient as an active partner and employ creative and alternative therapies and interventions.

Learn more about this resource.

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11.) HHS Targets 9 Preventable Medical Errors and Complications

HHS is asking hospitals to focus on nine types of medical errors in the hopes of dramatically reducing patient harm rates and healthcare costs in its new Partnership for Patients program.

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12.) 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Managing Care Transitions

2010 Performance Benchmarks in Managing Care Transitions This resource provides actionable information from 87 healthcare organizations on their strategies to smooth patients’ transitions from one care site to another and reduce rehospitalizations. Based on responses to HIN’s May 2010 Industry Survey on Care Transitions Management, this 60-page report documents the latest trends and metrics on care transitions programs in use by primary care providers, health plans, hospitals and others.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Patient Registries — A Cornerstone in Creating and Delivering Accountable Care

Dr. Gregory Spencer Whether extracted from an EHR or compiled with a spreadsheet program, there's nothing magical about a registry, explains Dr. Gregory Spencer, chief medical officer for Crystal Run Healthcare. Dr. Spencer demystifies the registry, describes how to leverage registry data in multiple ways and underscores registries' growing value in emerging care delivery models like the accountable care organization.

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