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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Marijuana is in the air. Last week, the Garden State became the fourteenth in the union to approve the use of medical marijuana, while the Golden State took the first steps toward legalizing the drug for everyone. While it's unlikely that the California bill will come to fruition, the public safety committee of the state assembly voted 4-3 on a measure that would tax and regulate marijuana in the same way alcohol is controlled.

And in a first-run movie I saw last week, a pair of 50-somethings smoke a joint before attending a party at the home of one of their children. Hilarity ensues and the children are rightly mortified. Hollywood may not be so far off the mark. In a featured story this week, SAMHSA reports on a dramatic increase in levels of illicit drug use among aging baby boomers that is likely to strain existing substance abuse treatment services in the years to come.

On the flip side, healthcare companies recognize the value of proper adherence to a medication regime. In the first week of our survey on medication adherence, more than 60 companies have already told us about the individuals and conditions targeted by their medication adherence programs as well as the strategies, technologies and tools that are producing results in this area. It's not complicated — take the survey by January 31 and get a free e-summary of these results.

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

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January 18, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 3

Sponsored by:
Multi-Payor Medical Home Programs — Addressing Funding and Organizational Challenges

This week's industry news:

  1. Follow-Up Visits Reduce Hospital Readmissions
  2. Reducing Readmissions
  3. Patient Falls Decreased by 20 Percent in 2009
  4. Patient Safety Improvement Guidebook
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: 2009 Telehealth Benchmarks
  6. Increasing Substance Abuse among Aging Baby Boomers
  7. Clinical Case Formulations
  8. Assisted Living More Accessible to Higher Socioeconomic Areas
  9. NOT ur parents' healthcare anymore
  10. Workers’ Comp Research Identifies Cost-Intensive Providers
  11. Physician Practice Redesign Essentials
  12. HealthSounds Podcast: Multi-Payor Medical Home Pilots
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This week's industry news

1.) Follow-Up Visits Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Mary Cooley, manager of case and disease management at Priority Health, describes a discharge protocol that is preventing hospital readmissions among patients with cardiovascular conditions.

Our heart failure initiative sprang from our work in 2008 with cardiovascular conditions. Heart failure is one of those top readmission diagnoses for Medicare. We are following the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Getting Started for Heart Failure Guide, which says that, “patients must be seen within five days of discharge.”

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2.) Reducing Readmissions: Interventions, Incentives and Infrastructure

Reducing Readmissions When healthcare organizations cut even a minority of avoidable readmissions, the cost savings can be considerable and the quality impact even greater. This resource presents case studies from three healthcare organizations whose efforts have significantly reduced avoidable hospital readmissions in high-risk populations and include the alignment of financial incentives to readmission rates.

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3.) Patient Falls Decreased by 20 Percent in 2009

Patient falls resulting in serious disability or death decreased by 20 percent, with no patient deaths from falls during the reporting year, according to a report released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The sixth annual adverse health events report summarizes the number and types of events that occurred between October 7, 2008 and October 6, 2009 in the 199 facilities covered by the adverse health events reporting law.

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4.) Patient Safety Improvement Guidebook

Patient Safety Improvement Guidebook This resource offers step-by-step instructions for designing and implementing an effective proactive patient safety management initiative. Topics include: measuring important elements of patient safety; how to identify the error-producing factors in high-risk patient care processes; using comparative data to establish improvement opportunities; techniques for error-proofing healthcare services to prevent adverse events; why root cause analysis of sentinel events won't prevent future patients from being harmed by mistakes; and how to create a patient-safe work culture.

Learn more about this resource.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: 2009 Telehealth Benchmarks — Wired for Access and Efficiency

How are healthcare organizations utilizing telehealth and telemedicine? How prevalent is remote monitoring, and which medical conditions are most often monitored? How has telehealth impacted levels of healthcare access, efficiency, cost and patient compliance? The Healthcare Intelligence Network set out to answer these questions and others during its 2009 Telehealth e-survey. This executive summary of responses from 134 healthcare organizations identifies emerging trends in the use of telehealth and telemedicine and offers a glimpse into a healthcare future where no patient is left behind because of a lack of access.

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6.) Increasing Substance Abuse among Aging Baby Boomers Can Cause Rise in Treatment Services

A new study by SAMHSA indicates that the aging of the baby boom generation is resulting in a dramatic increase in levels of illicit drug use among adults 50 and older. These increases may require the doubling of substance abuse treatment services needed for this population by 2020, according to the report.

Get the full story.

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7.) Clinical Case Formulations: Matching the Integrative Treatment Plan to the Client

Clinical Case Formulations This innovative new guide addresses the essential question facing every therapist with a new client: How do I create a treatment plan that is the best match for my client? This unique resource provides a systematic method to integrate ideas, skills, and techniques from different theoretical approaches, empirical research, and clinical experience to create a case formulation that is tailor-made for the client.

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8.) Assisted Living More Accessible to Higher Socioeconomic Areas

A new study published in the journal Health Affairs reveals that assisted living communities tend to be located in higher socioeconomic areas — areas with more income, more education and fewer minorities.

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9.) NOT ur parents' healthcare anymore: The 411 on selling health via new media

NOT ur parents' healthcare This resource provides detailed experiences of three healthcare marketers on their novel marketing and product development tactics of traditional healthcare and health insurance products that are grabbing the attention of Generation X and Generation Y.

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10.) Workers’ Comp Research Identifies Cost-Intensive Providers

Analyzing physicians’ practice patterns may hold valuable clues about how to curb the nation’s rising healthcare costs, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. According to the study, the practice patterns of physicians participating in a workers’ compensation system had a profound impact on the ultimate cost of claims.

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11.) Physician Practice Redesign Essentials: A Transformation Roadmap

Physician Practice Redesign Essentials Faced with emerging reimbursement models that focus on patient outcomes and demands for increased reporting of adherence to evidence-based guidelines, physician practices are being forced to transform the way they operate, from practice workflow to patient encounters to patient and condition tracking. In this four-volume set, you’ll get the essential steps physician practices need to take to succeed in this environment. You’ll learn from leading practice transformation experts on adopting a culture of change, choosing a physician performance measurement set, using flowcharts, checklists and diagrams, increasing practice revenue through PQRI, creating actionable information on patient needs and driving improvements in outcomes for patients and practices.

Learn more about this resource.

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12.) HealthSounds Podcast: Multi-Payor Medical Home Pilots

Multi-Payor Medical Home Pilots A year into the Colorado multi-payor medical home pilot whose practices provide care to 30,000 patients, Julie Schilz, B.S.N., M.B.A., prescribes a single tool that can help transform practices, improve quality and deliver evidence-based care. It's NOT an EHR, says the manager of the Improving Performance in Practice and Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) initiatives for the Colorado Clinical Guidelines Collaborative, who lists this tool's four key functionalities. Also in this interview, Schilz describes the influence of other reimbursement models on the Colorado pilot and identifies two opportunities for NCQA to enhance its PCMH recognition process.

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