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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Tattoos that monitor glucose levels? Smart pills that send notifications when swallowed? Video games that hone medical decision-making? These emerging technologies are in development and will reshape healthcare, according to a Computer Sciences Corporation report featured in this week's issue.

Health IT is already improving the quality of care for some Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions, according to results from three CMS Medicare demonstrations released last week and detailed here. The CMS data also illustrates how provider incentives can drive benchmark performances.

And finally, I encourage you to download our newly compiled performance benchmarks in telehealth and telemedicine, based on our second annual survey on this topic. You'll get the top technologies, targeted populations, prevalence of remote monitoring and much more.

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
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December 13, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 46

Sponsored by:
Redesigning the Physician Practice for Improved Efficiency and Increased Revenue

This week's industry news:

  1. 5 Key Trends That Will Reshape Healthcare
  2. 2011 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook
  3. Why Should a Hospital Develop a Medical Home Network?
  4. Hospitals in a Medical Home
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: 2011 Healthcare Trends
  6. Smoking Raising Heart Disease Risk in Young Diabetics
  7. New Chart: What Are the Top HRA Incentives?
  8. Health Coach Hiring, Training and ROI
  9. Medicare Demos Illustrate Benefits of Incentives, Health IT
  10. AIS Guide to Medicare Compliance Risks & Strategies
  11. Affordable Care Act Increases Transparency for Consumers in “Mini-Med” Plans
  12. Health Plan Rate Setting
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: 8 Elements of an ACO Infrastructure
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This week's industry news

1.) 5 Key Trends That Will Reshape Healthcare

A report by Computer Sciences Corporation’s (CSC) Leading Edge Forum identifies a new wave of disruptive technologies that will reshape the delivery of healthcare. These new technologies will help control costs while improving health by ushering in an era of wellness, self-monitoring, increased and earlier detection of disease, and more effective treatments.

Get the full story.

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2.) 2011 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook: Metrics, Measurements and Innovations

2011 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook This resource — HIN's second annual compilation of performance benchmarks in key areas of healthcare activity and growth — delivers all-new actionable data compiled in 2010 on nine trend-bending Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) initiatives. It delivers more than 23,000 data points from 1,000 responding healthcare organizations in an easy-to-use binder format. This resource contains more than 400 graphs and tables documenting adoption, activity and ROI in nine key healthcare areas, frequently drilling down to the perspectives of hospitals, health plans and employers.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Why Should a Hospital Develop a Medical Home Network?

Marcus Barnes, director of the Richland Care Medical Home for Palmetto Health, explains why a hospital-based patient-centered medical home benefits both the hospital and the community.

Get the full story.

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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.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: 2011 Healthcare Trends

This white paper summarizes results of the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s sixth annual Healthcare Trends for the Year Ahead e-survey conducted in October 2010, which reveals how 73 healthcare organizations perceived the business environment in 2010, are preparing for 2011 and anticipate implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Download this complimentary white paper.

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6.) Smoking Raising Heart Disease Risk in Young Diabetics, Yet Little Counseling Exists

Cigarette smoking is widespread among children and young adults with diabetes yet few healthcare providers are counseling children and young adults with diabetes to not smoke or to stop smoking, according to a report from the SEARCH Study Group published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Get the full story.

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7.) New Chart: What Are the Top HRA Incentives?

Top HRA Incentives

Health risk assessments (HRAs) are a key tool in the delivery of health promotion and disease management. We wanted to find out the top incentives offered to individuals who complete an HRA.

Click here to view the chart.

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8.) Health Coach Hiring, Training and ROI: Profiting from Behavior Change

Health Coach Hiring, Training and ROI This 50-page report provides strategies for the screening, hiring, training, mentoring, certification and continued educational support of health coaches, as well as metrics for evaluating the success of an online, telephonic or in-person coaching effort and maximizing program ROI.

Learn more about this resource.

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9.) Medicare Demos Illustrate Benefits of Incentives, Health IT

Results from three healthcare demonstrations by CMS provide strong evidence that offering providers financial incentives for improving patient care increases quality of care and can reduce the growth in Medicare expenditures.

Get the full story.

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10.) The AIS Guide to Medicare Compliance Risks & Strategies: For Hospitals, Physician Groups and Other Providers

AIS Guide to Medicare Compliance This resource helps you stay current on the big-dollar topics of greatest concern to healthcare compliance professionals and anyone responsible for running a Medicare program. Containing both overview and analysis — along with field-tested tools — this resource can help you avoid problems before they occur. Its nine information-filled chapters cover everything from coding, billing, documentation and reimbursement, to Recovery Audit Contractors, OIG audits and much more.

Learn more about this resource.

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11.) Affordable Care Act Increases Transparency for Consumers in “Mini-Med” Plans

New guidance that will give consumers more information about their “mini-med” health insurance plan is now available from HHS. HHS has also issued guidance restricting the sale of new mini-med plans except under very limited circumstances.

Get the full story.

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12.) Health Plan Rate Setting: Balancing Premium Increases Against Regulatory Oversight

Health Plan Rate Setting With increased government oversight on healthcare premium rate increases and negative perceptions in the marketplace for increases, health plans are facing a tough environment to justify rate increases. During this webinar, two industry experts shared how health plans can develop a sound policy for premium rate increases that will meet with regulatory approval.

Learn more about this resource.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: 8 Elements of an ACO Infrastructure

8 Elements of an ACO Infrastructure The accountable care organization (ACO) is a staple of healthcare reform. CMS will launch its Shared Savings Program — an ACO for Medicare patients — in January 2012. John Harris, principal with the consulting firm of DGA Partners, advises potential participants in an ACO to lay the groundwork now. In this interview, he recommends eight elements of an ACO infrastructure and weighs in on the patient-centered medical home's role in an ACO.

Listen to this podcast.

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