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Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

CMS delivered a year-end gift last week by crystallizing the definition of "meaningful EHR use" — an anxiously awaited development that will set in motion the distribution of $17.2 billion in incentives for meaningful use of certified EHRs. The agency has defined 25 objectives and measures for eligible providers and another 23 for eligible hospitals that must be met to be deemed a meaningful EHR user. Measures for Stage 1, which begins in 2011, focus on electronically capturing health information in a coded format, using that data to track key clinical conditions, communicating that information for care coordination purposes and initiating the reporting of clinical quality measures and public health information. A related ruling lays out certification standards for EHRs.

In a related story this week, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is the first U.S.-based pediatric hospital to be recognized by HIMSS Analytics for achieving a virtually paperless patient record environment and the most comprehensive use of electronic medical records.

P.S. Resolve to take the Healthcare Case Management e-survey by January 6 and get a summary of innovations from more than 115 healthcare organizations.

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

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January 4, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 1

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This week's industry news:

  1. Three Tools to Assess Medication Adherence
  2. Patient-Centered Models in Medication Adherence
  3. Pittsburgh is First Paperless Pediatric Hospital
  4. Adopting and Implementing Evidence-Based Guidelines in the Medical Home
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Reducing Hospital Readmissions
  6. Teen Meth Use, Cigarette Smoking at Lowest Levels in New NIDA Survey
  7. Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change
  8. High Leptin Levels May Protect Against Alzheimer’s, Dementia
  9. Assessing and Predicting Health Risk in the Elderly
  10. CMS Proposes Standards for EHR Incentives, Definitions of Meaningful EHR Use
  11. Transparency e-Tools
  12. HealthSounds Podcast: Medication Therapy Management in the Patient-Centered Medical Home
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This week's industry news

1.) Three Tools to Assess Medication Adherence

There are three validated assessment tools that physicians should use to improve medication adherence in their patients, explains Connie Commander, president of Commander's Premier Consulting Corporation and immediate past president of the Case Management Society of America.

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2.) Patient-Centered Models in Medication Adherence: Reducing Costs and Non-Compliance through Health Behavior Change

Patient-Centered Models in Medication Adherence This special report examines common barriers to medication adherence and presents the initiatives that have increased patient compliance with medication regimes. Experts also describe the collaborative efforts of case managers, disease managers and health coaches to identify individuals with medication adherence issues and reduce the negative medical and financial consequences of medication non-compliance, including its link to 20 percent of preventable adverse drug events.

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3.) Pittsburgh is First Paperless Pediatric Hospital

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is the first pediatric hospital in the United States to achieve a Stage 7 Award from HIMSS Analytics for achieving a virtually paperless patient record environment and the most comprehensive use of electronic medical records (EMRs).

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4.) Adopting and Implementing Evidence-Based Guidelines in the Medical Home

Adopting, Implementing Evidence-Based Guidelines in Medical Home Many physician groups report that one of the most difficult aspects of building an advanced medical home is the adoption and implementation of evidence-based guidelines. During this session, you'll hear how Greenhouse Internists overcame the challenges associated with following evidence-based guidelines for each patient. An industry expert from Greenhouse Internists shared his practice’s evidence-based guidelines experience, from working with physicians on documentation, staff training and work flow redesign to using the data to improve practice performance.

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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.

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6.) Teen Meth Use, Cigarette Smoking at Lowest Levels in New NIDA Survey

Methamphetamine use among teens appears to have dropped significantly in recent years, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. However, declines in marijuana use have stalled and prescription drug abuse remains high, the survey reported.

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7.) Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change

Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change This resource shows coaches and wellness professionals how to work with their clients to help them find motivation and achieve actual behavioral change in their lifestyle. This resource helps wellness professionals learn the coaching skills necessary to effectively work one-on-one with individuals, even if only for fifteen minutes at a time. The positive connection between the coach and the person who wants to make a change empowers the individual to recognize and draw on his or her own abilities and resources to make lasting changes for better health.

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8.) High Leptin Levels May Protect Against Alzheimer’s, Dementia

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that higher leptin (a protein that controls weight and appetite) levels were associated with a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and dementia. This study may open pathways for possible preventive and therapeutic interventions.

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9.) Assessing and Predicting Health Risk in the Elderly

Assessing, Predicting Health Risk in Elderly To increase and maximize revenue, many health plans are focusing on the health risk assessment scores of the elderly population they serve, including Medicare members. Managing these risks can have a bottom line impact by reducing healthcare resource utilization through early identification and management of potentially high expense conditions. During this 45-minute webinar, you will learn what to assess in the elderly population, how to match interventions based on risk score and the impact of this type of initiative.

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10.) CMS Proposes Standards for EHR Incentives, Definitions of Meaningful EHR Use

Two regulations proposed by CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) lay the groundwork for EHR incentive programs and set forth a definition of "meaningful use" of EHR technology. The rule proposed by CMS outlines provisions governing the EHR incentive programs, including defining the central concept of "meaningful use" of EHR technology.

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11.) Transparency e-Tools: Healthcare IT That Meets Employer, Consumer and Accreditation Demands

Transparency e-Tools In this resource, contributing authors describe the challenges of developing Web technologies that support decision-making and promote good health, building effective performance metrics, structuring incentive programs and getting people to use them. Although there are still many hurdles to overcome, the transparency vision includes an informed, involved and connected healthcare consumer who effectively navigates the Web for decision support, comparison-shopping and healthcare spending management.

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12.) HealthSounds Podcast: Medication Therapy Management in the Patient-Centered Medical Home

Medication Management in Medical Home The pharmacist has a natural and important role in patient medication reconciliation and review, explains Dr. Beth Chester, senior director of clinical pharmacy services and quality, Kaiser Permanente Colorado. She describes the dramatic impact that a pilot pharmacist intervention had on emergency department visits and mortality rates among patients just discharged from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) once the health plan's pharmacists stepped in to monitor medication therapy in this population.

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