Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

Technology is essential in the healthcare industry. According to Dr. Lonnie E. Fuller, Jr., it's one of the main compenents involved in implementing an advanced medical home. And Port Huron Hospital in Michigan is implementing new technologies into their hospital to enhance and ensure the safety of its patients.

Also this week, Many healthcare organizations use patient registries — whether they are electronic or paper-based — to identify and track patients with chronic diseases or conditions. Take HIN's monthly survey on patient registries and receive a free summary of the results.

Your colleague in the business of healthcare,
Laura M. Greene
Editor, Healthcare Business Weekly Update

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Healthcare Business Weekly Update
Volume X, No. 7
May 5, 2008

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Table of Contents
  1. Implementing an Advanced Medical Home
  2. Framing the Medical Home Model of Care: Blueprint from Early Adopters
  3. Hospital Adds Patient Safety and Security Component to Pediatric and Birthing Units
  4. Disposable Medical Supplies/Durable Medical Equipment 4th Edition
  5. Featured White Paper: Online Healthcare: Benchmarks for Assessing Effectiveness, Trust, Outcomes and Perceptions of Cost
  6. SAMHSA Announces Drug-free Workplace Kit
  7. Workplace Wellness Case Studies: Tactics To Promote Health and Reduce Risk
  8. Learning from Discharge Planning Efforts
  9. Discharge Planning Primer: Community Collaborations to Decrease Hospital Readmissions Risk
  10. HHS, Cleveland Clinic Collaborate to Advance Treatment for Neurological Disorders
  11. Neurology and Neurosurgery: Clinical Guidelines for Managing Care, 2nd Edition
  12. What's New at HIN: The Latest Special Reports, White Papers and Podcasts


1. Implementing an Advanced Medical Home

Dr. Lonnie E. Fuller Jr., medical director for the Pennsylvania Medicaid ACCESS Plus PCCM-DM Program, discusses what it takes to implement a successful advanced medical home.

The components to implementing an advanced medical home include use of technology, financial states, transformation skills and cultural change. Meeting these components can lead to quality improvement in care and improvement in the medical home itself.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC050508.html



2. Framing the Medical Home Model of Care: Blueprint from Early Adopters

In the face of a primary care crisis, this special report chronicles the provider and payor experiences on the road to establishing medical homes for their respective populations. This 45-page resource describes the skills, technology, cultural change and financial incentives necessary to transform a physician practice into a medical home. It also presents a game plan for health plans that are ready to embrace and reimburse this model of care.

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3. Hospital Adds Patient Safety and Security Component to Pediatric and Birthing Units

Port Huron Hospital in Michigan will implement a new patient safety and security program. The hospital will make their birth and the pediatrics units secure effective May 15. The entrances to these units will be secured with an electronic locking system at all times. Intercoms with cameras will be installed at the doors and visitors will be "buzzed" into the units. Cameras allow staff to view who is at the entrance and the intercom allows them to determine whom the individual is visiting.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement050508.html



4. Disposable Medical Supplies/Durable Medical Equipment 4th Edition

This 146-page report details hundreds of specific review criteria for supply and durable medical equipment (DME) items. Also included is an alpha list with explanatory recommendation for basis to deny or approve for payment based on usual coverage 'medical necessity' determinations.

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5. Featured White Paper: Online Healthcare: Benchmarks for Assessing Effectiveness, Trust, Outcomes and Perceptions of Cost

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, only 19 percent of employees who were able to choose their healthcare plan chose a consumer-directed plan. Those already enrolled in such a plan often report low satisfaction and confusion about how the plan works. Companies offering these plans can do a better job at communicating what health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) are, how they work, and why the consumer should be enrolled in one. The Web offers the potential for companies to provide this information and get consumers started easily and quickly.

To download this complimentary white paper, please visit:
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6. SAMHSA Announces Drug-free Workplace Kit

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a Drug-free Workplace Kit, suitable for all sizes of workplaces. The free kit provides public and private workplaces with practical evidence-based information, resources and tools for producing and maintaining drug-free workplace policies and programs. The kit has nine pullout brochures, 13 fact sheets, a bumper sticker and two 18x24-inch posters for display in workplaces.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health050508.html



7. Workplace Wellness Case Studies: Tactics To Promote Health and Reduce Risk

This special report looks at what’s working in health plan wellness and health promotion programs—award-winning and unique efforts, best practices, ROI and lessons learned.

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8. Learning from Discharge Planning Efforts

Michelle Berry, director of the Community Alternative Systems Agency (CASA) in Broome County, N.Y., discusses the discharge planning efforts at CASA and what the agency has learned from discharge planning, particularly from nursing homes.

When it comes to discharge planning at the Community Alternative Systems Agency’s (CASA), their efforts include the diagnosis-related groups (DRGs). CASA assists people in getting out of nursing homes, regardless of age or income. When the federal government began reimbursing nursing homes for rehabilitation, it was found that many people were going to nursing homes to rehabilitate before they went home.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care050508.html


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9. Discharge Planning Primer: Community Collaborations to Decrease Hospital Readmissions Risk

This special report profiles two aptly named discharge management efforts that access and maximize partner resources for their populations.

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10. HHS, Cleveland Clinic Collaborate to Advance Treatment for Neurological Disorders

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Cleveland Clinic are teaming up to raise awareness about deep brain stimulation (DBS) and its impact on Americans with neurological disorders and disabilities. HHS’ Office on Disability and Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Neurological Restoration will hold a conference to focus on the impact DBS, or brain pacemakers, has on patients’ quality of life, level of functioning and return to work.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation050508.html



11. Neurology and Neurosurgery: Clinical Guidelines for Managing Care, 2nd Edition

This 200-page report includes 84 clinical evidence-based review criteria for outpatient and inpatient tests and procedures with indications, medical necessity coverage criteria, references and resources.

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12. What's New at HIN: The Latest Special Reports, White Papers and Podcasts

New resources from HIN this month include one special report that chronicles the transformation of a physician practice into a medical home, and another that focuses on the introduction of retail clinics in the healthcare industry. In addition, a new podcast features a health coaching expert discussing how health plans and disease management companies can enhance physician involvement in health coaching, and two white papers focus on quality improvement and computer security.

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