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HIN Content Editor Cheryl Miller

A majority of mental health issues emerge in adolescence, with 14 being the most prominent age, according to a new study from UCSF's Department of Pediatrics.

It’s a frightening statistic; at a time when kids are dealing with real life situations (grades, peer pressure, pimples) they also have to struggle with less tangible conditions, like anxiety, depression, even learning disorders.

Yet, despite the widely known prevalence of this, nearly half of today’s adolescents lack a medical home, which could provide them with the appropriate treatment, researchers say. The medical home’s comprehensive, team-based care could be the best way to help teens and families through this scary time. More on how this healthcare model can be effective inside this issue.

Assessing the effectiveness of team-based care delivery methods is also the subject of a new study published in Population Health Management.

Researchers from George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Carilion Family Medicine conducted case studies of small primary care practices to assess three team-based care models and to see if they can improve primary care delivery and patient outcomes. Improving patient care, practice workflows, and patient and physician satisfaction, researchers say, are competencies that have become expected of physicians as the healthcare landscape evolves.

The art of appreciative inquiry, a health coaching tool that is becoming more accepted in the medical community, can also help improve patient care and satisfaction. While all coaching tools are used to help inspire and engage people, appreciative inquiry is particularly effective because it builds on a person's strengths instead of weaknesses, says Dennis Richling, MD, chief medical and wellness officer for HealthFitness. Too often attention goes into fixing what's broken instead; by tapping into what's already positive, the person is empowered to continue to make positive changes.

Fixing the nation’s economy is key to the record slow growth in health spending in recent years, say analysts in a new Kaiser Family Foundation report.

Based on statistical modeling and analysis by health cost experts at the Foundation and Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending, studies find that the economy is responsible for 77 percent of the slowdown in health spending, a category encompassing what individuals, employers and governments collectively spend. The remaining 23 percent results from changes in the healthcare system, including higher deductibles and other cost-sharing that dampen patients’ use of services, as well as various forms of managed care and delivery system changes.

Though the recession will likely continue to dampen health spending growth over the next couple of years, the study projects that expected economic growth will drive up health spending in years ahead, gradually adding 3.5 percentage points to the annual growth rate by 2019. This would push the annual growth rate in health spending back over 7 percent, which is much closer to historical averages.

And lastly, current methods for estimating the costs and savings of federal health legislation also need to be fixed, because they are missing billions of dollars in potential long-term returns from effective obesity prevention policies, according to a new study released by the Campaign to End Obesity.

Changing the way cost estimates are created would give policymakers a clearer picture of costs and savings, the report concludes.

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

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April 29, 2013
Vol. XV, No. 16

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This week's industry news:

  1. Recent Slowdown in Health Spending Growth Mostly Tied to the Economy: Study
  2. 46 Healthcare Metrics to Boost Profitability: Charting 2013 Trends
  3. CBO Scoring Misses Billions in Potential Savings from Obesity Prevention Programs
  4. Health and Wellness Incentives: Positioning for Outcome-Based Rewards
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Medication Adherence in 2013
  6. Study Highlights Need for Medical Homes to Identify Mental Health Disorders at Young Age
  7. New Table: The Legal Structure of a Physician-Hospital Organization
  8. 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: The Patient-Centered Medical Home
  9. Can Team-Based Care Improve Primary Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes?
  10. Guide to Population Health Management
  11. Appreciative Inquiry Health Coaching Tool Addresses Strengths, Not Weaknesses
  12. Integrated Health Coaching
  13. Infographic: The Rise of HIAs in the United States
  14. Adopting Social, Mobile Technologies in the Healthcare Industry
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1.) Recent Slowdown in Health Spending Growth Mostly Tied to the Economy: Study

The nation’s record slow growth of health spending in recent years is mostly tied to the economy, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.

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2.) 46 Healthcare Metrics to Boost Profitability: Charting 2013 Trends

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3.) CBO Scoring Misses Billions in Potential Savings from Obesity Prevention Programs

Current methods for estimating the costs and savings of federal health legislation miss billions of dollars in potential long-term returns from effective obesity prevention policies, according to a new study released by the Campaign to End Obesity.

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4.) Health and Wellness Incentives: Positioning for Outcome-Based Rewards

Health and Wellness Incentives: Positioning for Outcome-Based Rewards This 45-minute webinar shares key strategies in sustaining a health and wellness incentive program and moving toward outcome-based results from John Riedel, president, Riedel & Associates Consultants, Inc.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Medication Adherence in 2013 — Diabetes, Heart Disease Top Targets for Technologies

Medication Adherence in 2013 In its third annual Medication Adherence e-survey conducted in January 2013, HIN captured emerging trends in efforts to improve medication adherence (MA) among more than 100 healthcare organizations. According to 75 percent of survey respondents, complex patients remain the most common targets of MA programs. This HINtelligence Report provides data highlights on MA program components, the most successful tools for improving MA, and more.

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6.) Study Highlights Need for Medical Homes to Identify Mental Health Disorders at Young Age

Despite the known prevalence of mental health issues that emerge during adolescence, nearly half lack a medical home, which could provide them with the appropriate treatment, says a new study from UCSF’s Department of Pediatrics.

Get the full story.

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7.) New Table: The Legal Structure of a Physician-Hospital Organization

New Table: The Legal Structure of a Physician-Hospital Organization As payors and large employers aggressively look to providers to move from volume to value of healthcare services, the industry is seeing a resurgence in physician-hospital organizations (PHOs). With an eye toward shared savings agreements, PHOs provide a collaboration tool for physicians and hospitals to organize and participate in these evolving healthcare payment and delivery models. We wanted to share the legal structure of a PHO, according to Healthcare Strategy Group.

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8.) 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: The Patient-Centered Medical Home

2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: The Patient-Centered Medical Home This resource analyzes the responses of 95 healthcare organizations to HIN’s sixth annual industry survey on the PCMH, and delivers the latest metrics and measures on current and planned PCMH initiatives, providing actionable data on PCMH effectiveness, targeted populations and conditions, medical home team members, health IT in use, reimbursement, ROI and much, much more.


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9.) Can Team-Based Care Improve Primary Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes?

Assessing whether team-based care can improve primary care delivery and patient outcomes is the subject of study published in Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers.

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10.) Guide to Population Health Management

Guide to Population Health Management This resource lays the groundwork for a PHM program, providing a comprehensive set of 2012 PHM benchmarks from 102 companies as well as strategic advice from early adopters of a PHM approach.



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11.) Appreciative Inquiry Health Coaching Tool Addresses Strengths, Not Weaknesses

While all coaching tools are used to help inspire and engage people, appreciative inquiry is particularly effective because it builds on a person’s strengths instead of weaknesses, says Dennis Richling, MD, chief medical and wellness officer for HealthFitness. Too often attention goes into fixing what’s broken instead; by tapping into what’s already positive, the person is empowered to continue to make positive changes.

Get the full story.

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12.) Integrated Health Coaching: Reducing Risk and Empowering Change across the Health Continuum

Integrated Health Coaching This resource describes how HealthFitness aligns individuals with the right coaching service at the right time, leveraging individuals’ intrinsic motivation to address underlying lifestyle issues that may impede health status and drive up healthcare spend.


Learn more about this resource.

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13.) Infographic: The Rise of HIAs in the United States

The major health issues that cause chronic health conditions — obesity, asthma, heart disease and diabetes and injuries — can be shaped by living and workforce conditions. To improve wellness, a growing number of cities and states are conducting health impact assessments. Pew's Health Impact Project's infographic on the subject looks at the growing number of assessments and the areas they are assessing.

Read this blog post.

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14.) Adopting Social, Mobile Technologies in the Healthcare Industry

Andrew Dixon There are two key mistakes healthcare companies make when adopting social or mobile technologies, explains Andrew Dixon, senior vice president of marketing and operations, Igloo Software. Dixon describes what's driving the aggressive growth of interactive patient care communities and suggests how responsibility for social strategy — which he defines as both an internal and external communications strategy — should be assigned.

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