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HIN Content Editor Cheryl Miller

EHRs do improve patient care, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medical College. The use of EHRs is on the rise, in part given the federal governmentsí investments of up to $29 billion in incentives in these systems. Previous studies have provided conflicting evidence about the impact of EHRs, and until recently it hasnít been clear whether they improved the quality of patient care, particularly in typical communities that use commercially available systems. But a study of nearly 500 physicians and 75,000 patients in ambulatory practices in New York, where there has been a concerted effort to implement EHRs, showed better quality of care across nine measures, including hemoglobin A1c testing in diabetes and breast cancer screening.

Doctors do practice what they preach, and are generally healthier than nurses and other employed adults, according to a new poll from Gallup. The health and well being of physicians has been an issue recently; we ran a recent story that stated that one out of two physicians were suffering from burnout. But this new study shows that physicians are healthier and have healthier habits than their working counterparts; they smoke less, exercise more, pile lots of fruits and vegetables on their plates, and arenít as obese as their counterparts, which often leads to chronic disease. In fact, they rate higher in all health areas except for one. Researchers conclude that patients are well advised not just to listen to their doctors, but to follow their examples as well.

A surprising fact: despite the plethora of apps for mobile devices, health information seekers prefer to plug into their PCs for information. And the majority of information seekers consider Wikepedia a reliable source. Other interesting facts in a recent infographic inside.

And, itís that time of year again for our eighth annual survey on Healthcare Trends for 2013. The past year was one in which the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and the chief champion of the law nicknamed "Obamacare" fought for a second term in the White House. Please tell us about the last 12 months and how your organization is preparing for 2013 by completing our survey and you'll receive a free executive summary of the compiled results. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential.

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

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October 15, 2012
Vol. XIV, No. 38

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This week's industry news:

  1. U.S. Physicians Healthier Than Nurses and Employed Adults: Poll
  2. 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Health & Wellness Incentives
  3. Specialty Pharmacies Gaining Greater Role in ACO Marketplace
  4. Managing Specialty Drugs Across the Medical and Pharmacy Benefits
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: PCMHs in 2012
  6. More Than Half of Physiciansí Use of EHRs Improves Patient Care: Study
  7. New Chart: Top 5 Cash-Based Wellness Incentives
  8. Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2013
  9. Changing Financial Incentives Can Improve Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Studies on Patient Care
  10. BVRís 2012 Online Symposium on Healthcare Valuation
  11. 4 Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence
  12. Pharmacists and Medication Adherence
  13. Infographic: Health Information Seekers Prefer PC to Mobile
  14. Patient Engagement in the Patient-Centered Medical Home
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This week's industry news

1.) U.S. Physicians Healthier Than Nurses and Employed Adults: Poll

Doctors do practice what they preach, and are setting good examples for their patients, according to a series of Gallup polls.

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2.) 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Health & Wellness Incentives

2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Health & Wellness Incentives This resource has been a best seller for three years running and is a canít-miss planning tool for health and wellness program administrators. It provides actionable information from 136 healthcare organizations on the use of incentives to promote health behavior change. Data is presented in more than 50 easy-to-follow graphs and tables.


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3.) Specialty Pharmacies Gaining Greater Role in ACO Marketplace

More than 100 new CMS Shared Savings ACOs sought accreditation in URACís Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation program in 2012, which incorporates best practices for treating chronic conditions.

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4.) Managing Specialty Drugs Across the Medical and Pharmacy Benefits

Managing Specialty Drugs Across the Medical and Pharmacy Benefits This resource is filled with details of strategies health plans are employing to effectively manage specialty drugs under the medical benefit using pharmacy benefit principles.




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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: PCMHs in 2012 — Patient Satisfaction Rises with PCMH Adoption

PCMHs in 2012 According to the sixth annual HINtelligence Report on PCMHs, the rise in medical home starts over the last six years can be linked to a steady climb in patient satisfaction. This HINtelligence Report provides data highlights on medical home adoption, staffing, technologies, reimbursement and ROI, as well as a look back at medical home metrics from 2006 to present.

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6.) More Than Half of Physiciansí Use of EHRs Improves Patient Care: Study

Commercially available electronic health records (EHRs) improve patient care in community-based settings with multiple payors in four areas, including diabetes testing and breast cancer screening, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medical College researchers.

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7.) New Chart: Top 5 Cash-Based Wellness Incentives

Top 5 Cash-Based Wellness Incentives Rewarding lifestyle behavior change over participation, heavier use of texting and social networking to promote programs and more weight on patient satisfaction as a program success metric — just a few of the findings from HIN's fourth annual market analysis of incentives use in population health management in 2012. We wanted to see the top five cash-based incentives offered for health improvement.

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8.) Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2013: A Strategic Planning Session

Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2013 This webinar is in its ninth year of providing healthcare executives with a look ahead to help shape strategic plans.



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9.) Changing Financial Incentives Can Improve Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Studies on Patient Care

While comparative effectiveness research over the past decade has had a limited impact on the way medical care is delivered, many opportunities exist to help doctors and others in the medical system translate such research into improving patient care, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

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10.) BVRís 2012 Online Symposium on Healthcare Valuation: A 12-Part Series

BVRís 2012 Online Symposium on Healthcare Valuation This resource contains cutting-edge, interactive training programs focusing on the challenges inherent in valuations in medicine, life sciences, and healthcare. As in 2011, contributing authors and editors of their Guide to Healthcare Valuation will join our partner BVR for an exclusive series of webinars.


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11.) 4 Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence

Increasingly, healthcare organizations are putting in place interventions in which pharmacists help to guide patients and health plan members to higher levels of medication adherence ó programs that take place in the pharmacy, in the physician practice, or virtually.

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12.) Pharmacists and Medication Adherence: Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing and Telepharmacy

Pharmacists and Medication Adherence This 50-page resource describes a number of interventions in which pharmacists help to guide patients and health plan members to higher levels of medication adherence.



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13.) Infographic: Health Information Seekers Prefer PC to Mobile

U.S. consumers seeking health information online are more likely to visit Wikipedia than health magazine websites or Facebook, connect through a PC rather than a mobile device, and be swayed by word of mouth over direct-to-consumer advertising, according to results from a new national consumer survey conducted by Makovsky Health and Kelton.

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14.) Patient Engagement in the Patient-Centered Medical Home: A Continuum Approach

Patient Engagement in the Patient-Centered Medical Home: A Continuum Approach Although the healthcare industry is well-acquainted with the patient-centered medical home, the model is still quite new and novel to patients, notes, Jay Driggers, director of consumer engagement at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. In this interview, Driggers describes what's at stake when moving from a reactive provider model to a proactive model.

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