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HIN Content Editor Cheryl Miller

Imagine a future where those suffering from dementia never get lost, those prone to blood level inconsistencies always know the second their levels spike or drop, and those unable to speak are able to communicate with their doctors through their brain waves.

Sound like something out of a science fiction movie?

It just might be in our near future, if scientists continue to tap the limits of technology. A survey released by IBM reveals that consumers are ready for the next wave of health devices that will not only aid the sick but maintain wellness. More in this issue.

And that penny in your pocket could hold the secret to keeping infection at bay. More science fiction? No; according to a new study, antimicrobial copper surfaces in ICUs kill 97 percent of bacteria that can cause hospital-acquired infections. And HAIs account for 100,000 deaths and $45 billion in costs annually, according to the CDC. The trial results must first be reviewed and approved by the EPA.

And finally, a sad reality: obesity rates, and obesity-related diseases, are up in 16 states, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. But the report also lists a number of recommendations to reverse this trend, and perhaps, in the foreseeable future, make it more fiction than fact.

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

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

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July 11, 2011
Vol. XIII, No. 25

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Healthcare Performance Improvement: Exceeding Core Measure Targets for Value-Based Reimbursement

This week's industry news:

  1. ACOs, Health IT Priorities of Coalition for Small Healthcare Practices
  2. Essential Guide to Accountable Care Organizations
  3. Case Managers Key to Successful Care Transitions
  4. Low-Cost Low-Tech Medical Home Approaches to Reducing Readmissions
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Preparedness and the Force of Law
  6. IBM Predicts Top 5 Health and Wellness Devices of the Future
  7. New Chart: Time Required for Medical Home Conversion
  8. Telemedicine Technologies
  9. Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces in ICUs Can Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections by 97 Percent
  10. The 2010 Healthcare Business Market Research Handbook
  11. 4 Ways to Reverse the Obesity Trend
  12. 2011 Benchmarks in Population Health Management
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Healthcare Performance Improvement
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This week's industry news

1.) ACOs, Health IT Priorities of Coalition for Small Healthcare Practices

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has prompted the formation of a new advocacy organization seeking to help small healthcare practices comply with healthcare reform's complexities.

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2.) Essential Guide to Accountable Care Organizations: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities of the ACO Model

Essential Guide to Accountable Care Organizations This 60-page resource answers key questions surrounding ACOs so that hospitals, PHOs, IPAs and other physician organizations, networks or group practices can weigh the merits now of creating an ACO. This resource delivers a detailed analysis of CMS's Medicare ACO Shared Savings Program as well the short- and long-term financial opportunities afforded by ACOs and an inside look at two existing ACOs and the lessons learned from their development and launch.

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3.) Case Managers Key to Successful Care Transitions

When it comes to care transitions, Geisinger Health Plan case managers place their focus on medication reconciliation, explains Doreen Salek, BS, RN, CCS/CPC, director of business operations of health services for Geisinger Health Plan, and Janet Tomcavage, RN, MSN, vice president of health services for Geisinger Health Plan.

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4.) Low-Cost Low-Tech Medical Home Approaches to Reducing Readmissions

Low-Cost Low-Tech Medical Home This 60-page resource presents case studies from four healthcare organizations whose use of low-cost, low-tech tools in their medical homes is already reducing hospitalizations by up to 36 percent and improving care for Medicare beneficiaries in general and for patients with heart failure and diabetes in particular.

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6.) IBM Predicts Top 5 Health and Wellness Devices of the Future

Whether connected online, to a PC, gaming device, tablet or smart phone, health and wellness devices will be a key tool in healthcare in the future, according to a new study from IBM.

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7.) New Table: 6 Success Factors in Reducing Readmissions

6 Success Factors in Reducing Readmissions By risk-stratifying patients at high risk for hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations into a coordinated, multi-disciplinarian program, HealthCare Partners Medical Group of California has significantly reduced hospital readmissions for its patients. We wanted to see what their top keys for success were in reducing readmissions.

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8.) Telemedicine Technologies: Information Technologies in Medicine and Telehealth

Telemedicine Technologies This resource focuses on how medical information can be reliably transmitted through wireless communication networks. It explains how they can be optimized to carry medical information in various situations by utilizing readily available traditional wireless local area network (WLAN) and broadband wireless access (BWA) systems.

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9.) Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces in ICUs Can Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections by 97 Percent

Antimicrobial copper surfaces in ICUs kill 97 percent of bacteria that can cause hospital-acquired infections (HAI), according to the results of a preliminary clinical trial performed by three U.S. hospitals.

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10.) The 2010 Healthcare Business Market Research Handbook

The 2010 Healthcare Business Market Research Handbook This essential guide presents a comprehensive analysis of the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare marketplace and the most recent statistics and data available. It compiles top-line data into a single easy-to-use reference, with information sourced from over 70 professional organizations, federal health agencies, top market analysts, and news sources.

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11.) 4 Ways to Reverse the Obesity Trend

With obesity rates up in 16 states, a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) recommends four ways to reverse the epidemic.

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12.) 2011 Benchmarks in Population Health Management: What's Working in Coaching, Weight Control and Tobacco Cessation

2011 Benchmarks in Population Health Management This resource takes a comprehensive look at industry activity in health coaching as a whole, then drills down to obesity management and tobacco cessation program data. The disease management data contained in this benchmarks report are derived from three separate surveys conducted in 2010 by the Healthcare Intelligence Network, to which a total of 425 organizations responded.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Healthcare Performance Improvement — Exceeding Core Measure Targets for Value-Based Reimbursement

>Healthcare Performance Improvement The establishment of good core measure performance is good patient care, emphasizes Dr. Steve Berkowitz, president of SMB Consulting and former chief medical officer at St. David's HealthCare, which boasts a mortality index and CMS core measure ratings that are among the best in the nation. Dr. Berkowitz shares his formula for achieving 100 percent performance, describes an incentive program for drivers of the quality measures and weighs in on the need for an EHR to achieve core measure excellence.

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