Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

In a postcript to the Medicare physician reimbursement story, Congress last week overrode by wide margins an expected presidential veto of the bill blocking a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments for doctors. Current payment levels are preserved for the next 18 months. Meanwhile, physicians who have been reporting on their care of Medicare patients were eligible for payouts last week. CMS issued more than $36 million in bonuses to many of the more than 56,700 health professionals who satisfactorily reported quality data to Medicare under the 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). There's still time to get on board with PQRI for the second half of 2008.

PQRI veterans know that participation is good training for the transition to the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). If you're a healthcare purchaser and aren't yet up to speed on this new "old" model of care, you'll want to check out the new purchaser's guide issued last week by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. The handbook helps employers and others understand the medical home model and take action to advance its implementation. Get more details in the HIN blog.

Your colleague in the business of healthcare,
Patricia Donovan
Editor, Healthcare Business Weekly Update

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Healthcare Business Weekly Update
Volume VIX, No. 17
July 21, 2008

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Table of Contents
  1. BSCF Awards $1.3 Million Medical Technologies Grant to IHA
  2. Managing Cancer Care: Strategies to Improve Outcomes and Lower Costs
  3. Patient Satisfaction Higher at “Most Wired” Hospitals
  4. The Digital Hospital: Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, And Risks That Face All Sectors Of the Healthcare Industry
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Dealing with Unnecessary ED Visits
  6. States’ Uninsured Benefits Neglect Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
  7. The Clinician's Guide to Managed Behavioral Care
  8. Haven Hospice’s ‘Commitment To Caring’ Initiative Demonstrates Client Increase
  9. 101 Tools for Improving Health Care Performance
  10. HHS Releases Project BioShield Report on Public Health Emergency Preparedness
  11. Balancing Privacy with Public Health Surveillance In Public Health Emergencies
  12. Worth Repeating: Communicating CDHPs — Economic and Health Engagement, and the Information to Support Both
  13. Essential Keys To Success for Consumer-Directed Health Plans


1. BSCF Awards $1.3 Million Medical Technologies Grant to IHA

Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) has awarded a $1,328,000 medical technologies grant to the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) to implement statewide collection of comparative data, evaluate purchasing and payment systems and develop a new episode-based payment method for medical device purchasing.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC072108.html



2. Managing Cancer Care: Strategies to Improve Outcomes and Lower Costs

Get a FREE copy of Managing Cancer Care: Strategies to Improve Outcomes and Lower Costs. This 145-page report details management strategies and pricing methodologies that health plans have been instituting to rein in oncology costs, as well as the federal government’s role in reimbursement. Click here or visit http://www.aishealth.com/Products/freereports_HIN.html to get your report today.



3. Patient Satisfaction Higher at “Most Wired” Hospitals

The 100 Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures through the use of IT, according to the tenth annual Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study analysis. Though the analysis shows that better outcomes occur among high tech hospitals, it does not establish a direct causal relationship between technology and outcomes.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement072108.html



4. The Digital Hospital: Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, And Risks That Face All Sectors Of the Healthcare Industry

This audio conference was organized to highlight the benefits hospitals can expect when they embrace electronic technology.

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If you haven’t already done so, please forward this issue to one or two of your business associates. Thanks so much.

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5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Dealing with Unnecessary ED Visits

In an effort to curb non-emergent ED use, hospitals and health plans nationwide are developing strategies to reduce reliance on EDs for non-emergent care. Recently, HIN conducted a non-scientific online survey and discovered how 220 organizations including hospitals, physician organizations, health plans and more respond to the issue of non-emergent ED use.

To download this complimentary white paper, please visit:
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6. States’ Uninsured Benefits Neglect Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

New data indicates that more than one in four adult Americans without medical insurance have a mental illness or substance use disorder, or both. But many state healthcare initiatives intended to cover the uninsured are neglecting these conditions, according to a report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council).

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health072108.html



7. The Clinician's Guide to Managed Behavioral Care

This report addresses how clinicians can develop and market professional services attuned to the needs of managed care systems, how to best manage the utilization review process, how to reshape an office practice or hospital-based program to become more "managed care friendly," and how to best advocate for patients and clients.

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8. Haven Hospice’s ‘Commitment To Caring’ Initiative Demonstrates Client Increase

The Commitment to Caring initiative at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Fla. has improved census by more than 200 patients a day, according to Tim Bowen, executive director of the program. The goal of the initiative is to emphasize measuring quality and performance improvement.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care072108.html


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9. 101 Tools for Improving Health Care Performance

This report is a toolbox of interventions that will help you accelerate positive change in your organization. The experienced authors provide the field-tested tools you need to handle a host of performance issues.

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10. HHS Releases Project BioShield Report on Public Health Emergency Preparedness

HHS has issued a report stating its progress in implementing Project BioShield. HHS has used Project BioShield authorities to support, facilitate and expedite the research, development, acquisition and availability of medical countermeasures to respond to the adverse effects of public health emergencies involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation072108.html



11. Balancing Privacy with Public Health Surveillance In Public Health Emergencies

This timely briefing will reduce the uncertainty over sharing patient data with public health authorities in preparing for and addressing public health emergencies.

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12. Worth Repeating: Communicating CDHPs — Economic and Health Engagement, and the Information to Support Both

In this excerpt from a June 26, 2008 audio conference, Julie Bunde, director of product management at Healthpartners, talks about clarifying the communication around consumer-driven health plans:

We've talked about building a health partnership and embracing this cultural shift, and it really takes constant teaching and learning about healthcare costs and how employees can maximize the benefits that they have...

To finish reading this transcript excerpt, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/worth_repeating72108.html



13. Essential Keys To Success for Consumer-Directed Health Plans

During Essential Keys To Success for Consumer-Directed Health Plans, industry experts described the essential elements needed for a consumer-directed health plan to successfully engage consumers in their health and control healthcare costs, as well as how these elements translate to a consumer-directed benefit strategy for health plans and employers.

For more information on this audio conference and to listen to pre-conference comments, please visit:
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