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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Happy New Year!

Researchers at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have identified a new vital sign for the elderly — their mobility measure. Their small but significant study, a featured story this week, has shown that hospitalized elderly patients who take short walks around the hospital unit tend to leave the hospital sooner. From this discovery, researchers feel they're just steps away from identifying the amount of mobility that can prevent further health declines in the elderly — whether in or out of the hospital.

Confirming the patient's understanding of discharge instructions and conducting a home visit following discharge are high on the list of successful strategies to reduce hospital readmissions, according to our preliminary survey results. Today is the last day to take our Reducing Hospital Readmissions survey and receive an e-summary of the results once they are compiled.

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

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January 3, 2011
Vol. XIII, No. 1

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Maximizing the Nurse Advice Line To Ensure Appropriate Healthcare Utilization

This week's industry news:

  1. EHRs Not Always Linked to Better Care in Hospitals
  2. 2011 Performance Benchmarks in Telehealth & Telemedicine
  3. 5 Domains of Patient Assessment for Case Management
  4. Guide to Patient-Centered Case Management
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: 2010 Benchmarks in Tobacco Cessation
  6. Dramatic Shifts in Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions
  7. New Chart: Adherence Assessment Tools
  8. Guide to Health Coaching
  9. Higher Mobility While Hospitalized Reduces Stays for Elderly
  10. Discharge Planning Primer
  11. States Receive Bonuses for Boosting Enrollment for Uninsured Children in Medicaid
  12. Medical Home Reimbursement ABCs
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Staffing a Nurse Advice Line
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This week's industry news

1.) EHRs Not Always Linked to Better Care in Hospitals

Use of electronic health records (EHRs) by U.S. hospitals has had only a limited effect on improving the quality of medical care, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Get the full story.

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2.) 2011 Performance Benchmarks in Telehealth & Telemedicine

2011 Performance 

Benchmarks in Telehealth & Telemedicine An all-new follow-up to the best-selling 2010 version, this 50-page resource is packed with actionable new information from 111 healthcare organizations on their utilization of telehealth & telemedicine. This resource documents trends and metrics on current and planned telehealth and telemedicine initiatives and includes a year-over-year comparison of telehealth trends from 2009 to 2010.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) 5 Domains of Patient Assessment for Case Management

CareOregon case managers assess patients or members across five domains and enroll them in case management if they identify a modifiable risk factor within any of these domains, explains Rebecca Ramsay, CareOregon's senior manager of care support and clinical programs.

Get the full story.

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4.) Guide to Patient-Centered Case Management

Guide to Patient-Centered Case Management This 110-page guide presents best practices in identifying, stratifying and monitoring individuals for case management and documents the returns generated by targeted case management interventions in place at Geisinger Health System and other organizations. The Q&A chapter answers more than 50 questions on patient-centered case management.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Tobacco Cessation

This white paper summarizes results of the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s second annual Tobacco Cessaton & Prevention e-survey conducted in November 2010, revealing the efforts of 84 healthcare organizations to curb or prevent smoking, including program availability, program components and reimbursement trends.

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6.) Dramatic Shifts in Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions between 1998 and 2008

Although the overall rate of admissions to substance abuse treatment in the United States remained stable between 1998 and 2008 at about 770 admissions for every 100,000 persons in the population, a new study shows striking changes and variations in admission rates by region.

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7.) New Chart: Adherence Assessment Tools

Adherence Assessment Tools

Medication adherence programs can improve patient care and lower healthcare costs by more effectively managing chronic medication utilization. We wanted to see which tools are used to assess and monitor medication adherence in individuals.

Click here to view the chart.

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8.) Guide to Health Coaching

Guide to Health Coaching This resource 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.

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9.) Higher Mobility While Hospitalized Reduces Stays for Elderly

A new study has shown that hospitalized elderly patients who get back on their feet by taking short walks around a hospital unit tend to leave the hospital sooner than their more sedentary peers.

Get the full story.

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10.) Discharge Planning Primer: Community Collaborations to Decrease Hospital Readmissions Risk

Discharge Planning Primer Coordinated planning of a patient's care following a hospital or nursing home stay can greatly affect health outcomes, likelihood of readmission and/or ER visits, as well as cost to patients, providers and insurers. A discharge management plan that integrates community resources and programs can further ease the transition from hospital to home and improve continuity of care. This resource profiles two aptly named discharge management efforts that access and maximize partner resources for their populations.

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11.) States Receive Bonuses for Boosting Enrollment for Uninsured Children in Medicaid

HHS has awarded more than $200 million to 15 states for making significant progress in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid. This year's bonuses are more than double the $75 million awarded to 10 states last year.

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12.) Medical Home Reimbursement ABCs: Funding Care Delivery through ACOs, Bundled Payments and Concrete Contracts

Medical Home Reimbursement ABCs This 50-page resource provides a primer on emerging reimbursement models that are getting payors' and providers' attention while delivering cost savings. This resource profiles three healthcare organizations that are redefining healthcare reimbursement with their pilots of new payment models and contracting strategies.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Staffing a Nurse Advice Line

Factors Influence Optima Health's Nurse Advice Line More than a third of healthcare organizations have launched nurse advice lines to reduce avoidable emergency room use and direct patients to the most appropriate care venue, according to a July 2010 survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network. Patricia Curtis, director of operations, clinical care services for Optima Health, describes the distinct responsibilities of the LPNs and RNs who staff Optima's nurse advice line as well as the diverse needs of the member populations who call the advice line.

Listen to this podcast.

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