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HIN Content Editor Cheryl Miller

Plans to make Americans healthier continue, with a new national action plan from the HHS.

Seventeen federal departments and agencies are currently on board to enact a seven step national plan, including initiatives to clean up the air and water, renovate or create safe outdoor spaces for physical activity, make healthier foods more accessible, and assure violence-free environments. This is part of a comprehensive effort to tackle such issues as obesity, tobacco use, health disparities and chronic disease.

One federal initiative that has helped to keep young adults healthy was the ACA’s ruling that youths could stay on their parents’ health plans until they are 26. According to a new study from the Commonwealth Fund, millions of young adults stayed on or joined their parents’ health plans in 2011 who wouldn’t have been eligible prior to ACA passage. However, nearly 40 percent of young adults aged 19 to 29 went without health insurance at some time in 2011 primarily because their parents did not have healthcare coverage, and affordability of healthcare remains a crucial issue for young adults.

Keeping older adults comfortable, while at the same time minimizing their hospitalization and healthcare costs, is behind a new study from UCSF and published in Health Affairs. The study finds that creating specialized hospital units for elderly people with acute medical illness could reduce national healthcare costs by as much $6 billion a year. Researchers suggest that minor changes in current healthcare models can yield significant results. Leaving patients in their hospital beds, for example, or constantly interrupting them in the middle of the night for disruptive evaluations, often lead to longer recovery time and longer hospital stays. Creating interdisciplinary teams that specialize in the care of older patients, and that tend to elderly patients daily, can do much to minimize their discomfort and shorten their stays.

And one healthcare model that will likely stand the test of time, and a potential Supreme Court challenge, is the ACO. According to our latest market research, ACO activity has doubled in the last 12 months. Also in our white paper: data on how many ACOs participate in the CMS Shared Savings Program, and which kinds of ACOs were the most common.

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

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June 18, 2012
Vol. XIV, No. 22

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Bending the Cost Curve with a Commercial Value-Based Payment Contract — A Case Study from Advocate Physician Partners

This week's industry news:

  1. New Market Data: Number of ACOs Doubles in 12 Months; Model Will Survive Supreme Court Challenge
  2. 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Accountable Care Organizations
  3. Specialized Hospital Care for Elderly Patients Could Save United States $6 Billion a Year
  4. Comorbidity Care Models
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Medication Adherence in 2011
  6. 7-Step Action Plan Promotes Prevention, Wellness: HHS
  7. New Chart: Opportunities to Measure Patient Satisfaction
  8. 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Diabetes Management
  9. Joint Contracting Key Component of Clinical Integration Program
  10. Guide to Physician Performance-Based Reimbursement
  11. Millions of Young Adults Stayed on, Joined Parents' Health Plans in 2011
  12. Futurescan 2012
  13. New Market Data: Co-Located Case Managers Put Face on Population Health Management
  14. HealthSounds Podcast: Health Coaching Trends for 2012
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This week's industry news

1.) New Market Data: Number of ACOs Doubles in 12 Months; Model Will Survive Supreme Court Challenge

Accountable care organizations will survive even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, according to new market research from the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

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2.) 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Accountable Care Organizations

2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Accountable Care Organizations This 60-page report, now in its second year, delivers actionable data from 200 healthcare companies that responded to HIN's second annual ACO readiness assessment conducted in May 2012. It documents the numerous ways in which ACOs are transforming healthcare delivery, population health management, reimbursement for care and, most importantly to this year's survey respondents, the patient experience.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Specialized Hospital Care for Elderly Patients Could Save United States $6 Billion a Year

Creating specialized hospital units for elderly people with acute medical illness could reduce national healthcare costs by as much $6 billion a year, according to a new study by UCSF researchers published in Health Affairs.

Get the full story.

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4.) Comorbidity Care Models: Integrated Action Plans for Complex Healthcare Needs

Comorbidity Care Models This valuable report presents emerging models of care for comorbidity, with a special focus on the needs of aging multi-morbid patients as well as those whose comorbidity encompasses physical and behavioral health conditions.


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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Medication Adherence in 2011 — More Help from Community Pharmacists

In the second annual Medication Adherence e-survey, conducted in September 2011, the Healthcare Intelligence Network deepened its research of programs, tools and strategies in use to improve medication adherence levels. Read this executive summary of responses from 162 healthcare companies.

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6.) 7-Step Action Plan Promotes Prevention, Wellness: HHS

Clean air and water, safe outdoor spaces for physical activity, safe work sites, healthy foods, violence-free environments and healthy homes are the first steps in a national prevention strategy plan aimed at making Americans healthier.

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7.) New Chart: Opportunities to Measure Patient Satisfaction

Opportunities to Measure Patient Satisfaction Patient satisfaction with the healthcare experience is influencing quality ratings and value-based reimbursement levels for hospitals, physicians and other providers. We wanted to see when healthcare organizations administer their patient satisfaction surveys.

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8.) 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Diabetes Management

2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Diabetes Management This 38-page resource provides actionable data from 83 organizations on current diabetes management programs and their impact on population health outcomes and healthcare spend.



Learn more about this resource.

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9.) Joint Contracting Key Component of Clinical Integration Program

Joint contracting is the 'glue' that keeps the Advocate Physician Partners (APP) clinical integration program together, explains Mark Shields, MD, MBA, APP senior medical director and vice president of medical management for Advocate Health Care.

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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.) Millions of Young Adults Stayed on, Joined Parents' Health Plans in 2011

In 2011, 13.7 million young adults ages 19 to 25 stayed on or joined their parents’ health plans, including 6.6 million who would likely not have been able to do so before passage of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

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12.) Futurescan 2012: Healthcare Trends and Implications 2012-2017

Futurescan 2012 This 48-page resource highlights eight key trends affecting the nation's healthcare organizations. Each chapter identifies the implications of the trend and helps providers prepare for them. In this era of constant change, every healthcare leader can benefit from this report.


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13.) New Market Data: Co-Located Case Managers Put Face on Population Health Management

Add community clinics, home care and longterm care facilities to the list of work locations for embedded case managers, according to new market research by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

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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