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HIN Content Editor Cheryl Miller

Want to know how the country’s healthcare measures up? You can find out with the new HHS Web-based measurement tool detailed in this issue. It presents data on a wide range of topical industry areas of concern, including care access, cost and health IT, and breaks the data down by population characteristics such as age, sex and income level.

The oft-cited PCP shortage could get even worse, if a recent study from the University of Michigan Health System is right. Surveyed students had grim views of entering the PCP workforce, and their impressions of specialty physicians’ work weren’t much better. Students cited too much paperwork, not enough patient-doctor interaction, and too much stress as negatives to the field.

It’s enough to give medical students a heart attack, a condition targeted by a new regional demonstration. Competing cardiac care teams in some of the most populated areas will start working together to establish programs to reduce the time from heart attack to treatment. New standards are proving that the 90-minute time frame from home to hospital is too long; staff including EMTs and paramedics are being called on to provide quicker interventions.

And asthma nabs the headlines this week with a recent study showing that costs for treating this disease top $50 billion annually. More than 29 million adults have been diagnosed with asthma in their lifetimes, and nearly 19 million still have asthma, according to the CDC.

What is the shape of patient-centered care today? Two years post-healthcare reform, we're taking our sixth annual look at adoption and support of the patient-centered medical home model. Describe your organization's progress and outcomes in this area by June 15th and you'll receive a free e-summary of the results.

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

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

HIN Associate Editor Jessica Papay
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May 21, 2012
Vol. XIV, No. 19

Sponsored by:
Identifying, Engaging and Breaking Down Patient Barriers To Reduce Avoidable ED Use

This week's industry news:

  1. Competing Care Teams Collaborate to Speed Heart Attack Care
  2. 27 Interventions to Reduce Avoidable ER Use
  3. New Web-based Tool Tracks Performance of Nation's Healthcare System
  4. Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2012
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Diabetes Management in 2012
  6. Asthma Healthcare Costs Top $50 Billion Annually
  7. New Chart: 4 Ways to Reduce Avoidable ER Visits by Children
  8. 32 Disease Management Metrics
  9. Many Medical Students Have Negative Views of Becoming Physicians
  10. Guide to Physician Performance-Based Reimbursement
  11. 4 Reasons to Conduct Home Visits
  12. New Horizons in Healthcare Case Managemement
  13. 27 Questions to Ask to Prevent Heart Failure Readmissions
  14. HealthSounds Podcast: Health Coaching Trends for 2012
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This week's industry news

1.) Competing Care Teams Collaborate to Speed Heart Attack Care

Reducing the time from heart attack to treatment is the goal of a new training program designed by cardiologists at Duke University Medical Center.

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2.) 27 Interventions to Reduce Avoidable ER Use

27 Interventions to Reduce Avoidable ER Use This 45-page resource details provider- and patient-focused interventions that target the high numbers of avoidable visits, high and ultra-high utilizers and the sub-populations noted for frequent ER use. Five interventions target these sub-populations: asthma patients, those recently discharged from the hospital, non-network patients, nursing home and assisted living residents and dual-eligibles (Medicare and Medicaid).

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) New Web-based Tool Tracks Performance of Nation's Healthcare System

A new Web-based measurement tool designed to track and measure critical U.S. healthcare industry data is now available from the HHS.

Get the full story.

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4.) Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2012

Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2012 In HIN's eighth annual healthcare industry forecast, a planning tool eagerly anticipated by healthcare executives, Steven T. Valentine, president of The Camden Group, returns to parse the industry landscape for the year ahead and propose how healthcare organizations can best position themselves not only for a profitable 2012 but for Medicare eventualities in the years to come.

Learn more about this resource.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Diabetes Management in 2012

An overwhelming majority of respondents to the December 2011 "10 Questions" e-survey are using a disease-specific approach to manage diabetes. Responses to the latest Healthcare Intelligence Network survey provided qualitative data on strategies and tactics for management of this disease, program components and challenges, and outcomes, metrics and ROI, which are summarized in this white paper.

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6.) Asthma Healthcare Costs Top $50 Billion Annually

More than 29 million adults have been diagnosed with asthma in their lifetimes, and nearly 19 million still have asthma, according to a new report from the CDC.

Get the full story.

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7.) New Chart: 4 Ways to Reduce Avoidable ER Visits by Children
4 Ways to Reduce Avoidable ER Visits by Children A collaborative effort among five regions of Ohio is targeting the key reasons for avoidable ER visits among Medicaid beneficiaries and rolling out test interventions in a rapid cycle quality improvement approach. We wanted to review its four-pronged test intervention that can reduce avoidable ER visits among children with an upper respiratory infection (URI).

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8.) 32 Disease Management Metrics: Population Health Benchmarks to Drive Accountable Care

32 Disease Management Metrics Through a series of 32 graphs and charts, this 35-page resource dives deep into several years of market research to document the role and outcomes of disease management in 11 key areas, as well as the high-focus diseases and health conditions of initiatives including obesity and weight management, diabetes management, healthcare case management, medication adherence and reducing hospital readmissions.

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9.) Many Medical Students Have Negative Views of Becoming Physicians

As graduation approaches, and medical students prepare for their residencies, many have negative views of their futures as physicians — especially primary care physicians — according to a multi- school study from the University of Michigan (U-M) Health System.

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10.) Guide to Physician Performance-Based Reimbursement: Payoffs from Incentives, Data Sharing and Clinical Integration

Guide to Physician Performance-Based Reimbursement This 68-page special report explores newly minted reimbursement formulas at two health plans and two independent practice associations (IPAs), providing payor and provider perspectives on the formula development process; clinical, quality and efficiency measures in use; physician incentive payments and program outcomes.

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11.) 4 Reasons to Conduct Home Visits

Assessing medication discrepancies and adherence, and observing changes in patients' daily lifestyles were two reasons home visits proved critical in reducing unplanned hospital admissions days for its Medicaid and dually eligible population, says Jessica Simo, program manager with Durham Community Health Network for the Duke Division of Community Health.

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12.) New Horizons in Healthcare Case Managemement

New Horizons in Healthcare Case Managemement This 200-page resource examines the latest trends in healthcare case management, the impact of case managers across the care continuum and what's working in embedded or colocated case management, an emerging strategy of positioning case managers inside primary care practices.

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13.) 27 Questions to Ask to Prevent Heart Failure Readmissions

Was aspirin prescribed for the patient?

Asking this simple question and 26 others on a one-page checklist can help to prevent heart failure readmissions and in the long run reduce billions in Medicare healthcare spend each year, according to new research presented by the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

Read this blog post.

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14.) HealthSounds Podcast: Health Coaching Trends for 2012

Melinda Huffman While telephonic sessions were the primary vehicle for health coaching in the last five years, Internet-based face-to-face coaching incorporating motivational interviewing techniques is one of the directions the industry will be taking going forward, says Melinda Huffman, partner in Miller and Huffman Outcome Architects, co-founder of the National Society of Health Coaches, and a cardiovascular clinical specialist, writer and author. Mobile applications will also become more widely used, enabling health professionals to quickly access their patients' personal records, and coach via internet-based in-person calls.

There will also be a move toward standardizing health coaching in terms of definition, education, and training and skill validation, Huffman says.

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