HIN logo
From the editor

Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Midway through our sixth annual healthcare trends e-survey, the outlook is cautiously optimistic, with a third of respondents reporting that 2010 was better business-wise than 2009. Anticipating the first phases of reform, cost containment is their top concern related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

To alleviate these woes, healthcare should look at cost reduction opportunities in accountable care organizations (ACOs), recommended The Camden Group's Steven Valentine during last week's annual Healthcare Trends and Forecasts webinar. Alluding to the NCQA's draft of seven core capabilities for ACOs, (a featured story this week), and the imminent CMS Medicare ACO project, Valentine had this advice:

We’re not telling you right away to implement an ACO, but we’re telling you prepare and put in place the organization, the care models, the delivery network and the infrastructure you’re going to need, so that in a couple of years as you begin to exploit this, you’ll be in a good competitive position.

ACOs also figure into integrated health management, one of seven macro trends driving the healthcare industry, as seen by Cognizant Business Consulting's William Shea. He shared these thoughts:

ACOs are among the capabilities and solutions that begin to make healthcare organizations look more like integrated delivery models. Experiment with new delivery models, taking advantage of the incentives coming from the regulatory area in reform to experiment with these models, like the patient-centered medical home and accountable care organizations.

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

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

HIN Associate Editor Jessica Papay
Associate Editor:
Jessica Papay, jpapay@hin.com

Publisher:
Melanie Matthews, mmatthews@hin.com

>>Return to top

HIN podcasts
HIN blog
HIN videos
New HIN products

Contact HIN:
www.hin.com
(888) 446-3530
(732) 449-4468
Fax: (732) 449-4463
Email: info@hin.com

This week's featured download: 2010 Benchmarks in Medication Adherence Programs

2010 Benchmarks in Medication Adherence Programs

Featured download










For advertising and sponsorship opportunities in the Healthcare Business Weekly Update, please e-mail sales@hin.com or call 888-446-3530

>>Return to top

October 25, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 39

Sponsored by:
Embedded Case Managers in the Emergency Department

This week's industry news:

  1. 6 Key Elements of the Health Coaching Call
  2. Guide to Health Coaching
  3. Comparative Patient Safety, Hospital Quality Data for 9 States Now Available Online
  4. Hospitals in a Medical Home
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Reducing Hospital Readmissions
  6. Many Children Not Receiving Needed Mental Health Services
  7. New Chart: What's the ROI from Health Coaching?
  8. Emergency Room Triage of the Mental Health Patient
  9. Adult Day Services Centers Nationwide Increased 35 Percent Since 2002
  10. 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Managing Care Transitions
  11. NCQA Drafts 7 Core Standards for ACOs
  12. Essential Guide to Accountable Care Organizations
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Patient-Centered Care in 2011
Please pass this along to any of your colleagues or, better yet, have them sign up to receive their own copy and learn about our other news services.

Missed the last issue? Read it here.

Join our Community: Twitter Facebook LinkeIn


Take the monthly e-survey:
Healthcare Trends for 2011

You'll be emailed a synopsis of the survey results.


This week's industry news

1.) 6 Key Elements of the Health Coaching Call

Calls made by health coaches have six key components, defined here by Roger Reed, former executive VP and chief health officer at Gordian Health Solutions and currently a member of Onlife Health's scientific advisory board.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


2.) Guide to Health Coaching

Guide to Health Coaching This guide defines the role of the health coach in population health management, provides tactics to motivate individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles, and offers an inside look at health coaching at the Mayo Clinic, including the clinic's use of health IT and incentives to encourage repeat and long-term participation. Q&A chapter answers more than 50 questions on health coaching.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


3.) Comparative Patient Safety, Hospital Quality Data for 9 States Now Available Online

Comparative data on patient safety and hospital quality are available online for the first time through WhyNotTheBest.org, the Commonwealth Fund's resource for reporting and comparing healthcare quality data.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


4.) Hospitals in a Medical Home: Partners in Enhancing Access, Health Status and Cost Avoidance

Hospitals in a Medical Home In this resource, the director of a medical home network demonstrates how hospitals can partner with medical homes to deliver patient-centered care to uninsured and low-income patients while reaping the financial benefits associated with decreased utilization and duplication of services.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Reducing Hospital Readmissions

With public and private payors sharpening their focus on and realigning reimbursement with hospital readmission rates, particularly among Medicare patients with heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia, more healthcare organizations are taking a hard look at readmission rates and launching programs to reduce these rates. This white paper summarizes the responses of 107 healthcare organizations to HIN's November 2009 Reducing Hospital Readmissions e-survey, which set out to identify the rudiments of readmission reduction efforts in the healthcare industry, from target populations and conditions to responsibilities, roles and ROI.

Download this complimentary white paper.

>>Return to this week's industry news


6.) Many Children Not Receiving Needed Mental Health Services

Of nearly 7.4 million children in the U.S. diagnosed with emotional, behavioral or developmental conditions, a disproportionate number do not get the mental health services they need because they are underinsured, according to a new report by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


7.) New Chart: What's the ROI from Health Coaching?

What's the ROI from Health Coaching?

Despite the fragile economy — and perhaps because of it — health and wellness coaching programs are flourishing. We wanted to see what ROI was generated from health coaching programs.

Click here to view the chart.

>>Return to this week's industry news


8.) Emergency Room Triage of the Mental Health Patient: Pilot Projects in Reducing ED Diversion

Emergency Room Triage of the Mental Health Patient In this resource, one industry expert explains how the community mental health center's system-wide daily conference call helps to balance work and patient flow, encourages creative problem-solving and dramatically reduces staff time spent on diversion of psychiatric ER patients to other facilities. A second expert describes a pilot program placing a psychiatric nurse in the ED, along with the impact of the program on hospital admits, discharges and resource allocation, and ED staff satisfaction and morale.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


9.) Adult Day Services Centers Nationwide Increased 35 Percent Since 2002

There has been significant growth in the number of Adult Day Services (ADS) centers in the U.S. over the past eight years, according to a new study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


10.) 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Managing Care Transitions

Managing Care Transitions This resource provides actionable information from 87 healthcare organizations on their strategies to smooth patients’ transitions from one care site to another and reduce rehospitalizations. Based on responses to HIN’s May 2010 Industry Survey on Care Transitions Management, this 60-page report documents the latest trends and metrics on care transitions programs in use by primary care providers, health plans, hospitals and others.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


11.) NCQA Drafts 7 Core Standards for ACOs

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) draft of standards for accountable care organizations (ACOs) defines seven core capabilities of ACOs.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


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

Essential Guide to Accountable Care Organizations This 60-page 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 several existing ACOs and lessons learned from their development and launch. This guide 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 and complete the necessary groundwork before CMS's ACO operation date of January 2012.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


13.) HealthSounds Podcast: 2 Challenges in Reaching for Patient-Centered Care in 2011

William Shea While the healthcare winds blew more favorably this year than they did in 2009, healthcare organizations will need key expertise to succeed in the year ahead, advises William Shea, a partner in health industry consulting for Cognizant Business Consulting. With the remix of healthcare delivery models brought on by healthcare reform, Shea identifies two challenges inherent in the trend toward patient-centered care that spans the entire continuum of care.

Listen to this podcast.

>>Return to this week's industry news


Thank you for your readership! Please urge your colleagues to subscribe by forwarding this email or visiting http://www.hin.com/freenews2.html or by calling (888) 446-3530 or visiting the HIN Web site.

While we encourage you to forward this email to your colleagues, these articles may not be redistributed in any other publication, reproduced for publication in any form, distributed on an intranet or network or by e-mail distribution or distributed for commercial purposes without the expressed written permission of the Healthcare Intelligence Network.


Copyright 1997-2010 Healthcare Intelligence Network. All rights reserved.
Healthcare Intelligence Network
Gateway to Healthcare Business Information on the Internet
800 State Highway 71, Suite 2, Sea Girt, N.J. 08750