Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

Some disturbing study results came across my desk this week that I am still trying to fathom. New research supported by The Commonwealth Fund found that the United States places last among 19 industrialized countries when it comes to deaths that could have been prevented by access to timely and effective healthcare. (You can read the study details here). Researchers considered a range of conditions from which it is reasonable to expect death to be averted even after the condition develops, such as appendicitis and hypertension,as well as illnesses that can be detected early with effective screenings such as cervical or colon cancer. If the U.S. had performed as well as the top three countries (France, Japan and Australia), there would have been 101,000 fewer deaths in the U.S. per year by the end of the study period.

We talk about the problems of "access" to healthcare all the time, when we can't get a doctor's appointment immediately or head to the ER because we think that the hospital can obtain test results or take an x-ray more quickly. But viewing "access" in terms of preventable deaths --- 109 deaths for every 100,000 Americans --- is sobering for a nation considered to be a global power. Perhaps as the United States embraces the patient-centered approach of the medical home model, these numbers will begin to drop. That would bookend nicely with programs such as the Community Alternative Systems Agency (CASA) in Broome County, N.Y., whose comprehensive discharge planning program is helping to reduce preventable hospital readmissions.

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

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Healthcare Business Weekly Update
Volume IX, No. 45
January 21, 2008

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  1. Survey Finds Broad Support For Public Reporting Of Healthcare Quality
  2. Executive Report on Physician Organizations
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  4. Personal Health Records: Taking the First Step Toward an Electronic Medical Record
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Non-Compliant No More: Health Coaching Moves Focus Upstream to Health Behavior, Motivation and Readiness to Change
  6. Health Plan, Police Collaborate on Crisis Intervention Training
  7. Clinical Case Formulations: Matching the Integrative Treatment Plan to the Client
  8. Pediatric Palliative And Hospice Task Force Created In Pennsylvania
  9. Successful Hospice Marketing Methods
  10. HHS Looks to Improve Medical Error-Reporting Systems
  11. Patient Safety and Improvement Act of 2005
  12. Worth Repeating: With Proper Discharge Planning, Patients Can Go Home Again
  13. Best Practices in Hospital Discharge to Reduce Preventable Readmissions


1. Survey Finds Broad Support For Public Reporting Of Healthcare Quality

Healthcare providers, insurance companies and drug makers should make information about prices available to the public, according to a new survey of leaders in healthcare and health policy by the Commonwealth Fund.

In addition to the reporting of provider quality and prices, 86 percent of respondents support public reporting of drug prices charged to major purchasers, and 82 percent support the public reporting of medical loss ratios ó the share of premium dollars that private insurance companies spend on actual medical care, rather than marketing, administration, and other expense or profit.

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3. Lee Memorial Health System Goes Digital

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6. Health Plan, Police Collaborate on Crisis Intervention Training

Piedmont Behavioral Healthcare (PBH) and a local office of the National Alliance of Mental Health are hosting the first crisis intervention team training seminar for law enforcement officers to improve their understanding and ability to assist people in a mental health crisis.

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8. Pediatric Palliative And Hospice Task Force Created In Pennsylvania

The Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care Task Force has been established in Pennsylvania by Estelle B. Richman, secretary of public welfare for the state.

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10. HHS Looks to Improve Medical Error-Reporting Systems

The Department of Health and Human Servicesí (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found in a recent study that doctors are actually willing to report their medical mistakes in order to learn how to prevent them.

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11. Patient Safety and Improvement Act of 2005

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12. Worth Repeating: With Proper Discharge Planning, Patients Can Go Home Again

In this transcript excerpt from an October 2007 webinar, Michelle Berry, director of the Community Alternative Systems Agency (CASA) in Broome County, New York, describes how care plans and community connections contribute to successful discharge planning.

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13. Best Practices in Hospital Discharge to Reduce Preventable Readmissions

Two industry experts described how their organizations have fine-tuned their hospital discharge processes and the impact these steps have had on patient outcomes and satisfaction and readmission rates during this 90-minute webinar on CD-ROM.

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