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Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Content Editor Cheryl Miller

Hospitals are the targets of two of our stories this week: an initiative and collaborative both aimed at reducing the millions of preventable injuries and complications arising from hospital-acquired infections (HAI.) Ironically, this refuge for the sick is making people sicker; in the United States alone, an estimated 1.7 million HAIs occur annually, resulting in $35 billion in additional healthcare costs, and the loss of nearly 100,000 lives. As we reported in an earlier story this year, a University of Maryland report found that nearly half of the hospital rooms of patients who tested positive for a multi-drug resistant bacteria were contaminated with the bacteria.

In response to this, hospitals across the country will now have the resources and support to reduce HAIs: the HHS has launched a new initiative called the Hospital Engagement Network. Part of the Partnership for Patients initiative, a nationwide public-private collaboration to improve healthcare, $218 million will be awarded to 26 state, regional, national, and hospital system organizations to help develop learning collaboratives for hospitals and provide a wide array of initiatives and activities to improve patient safety.

And a new collaboration between GE Healthcare and Microsoft is tackling this problem by pulling together data from disparate IT systems and identifying those patients most at risk for a given HAI. Hopefully their solutions will enable healthcare organizations to more effectively deploy their resources and deliver better care at lower costs.

And on a local level, a new ER unit designed solely for seniors is in place in HINís backyard, at New Jerseyís Monmouth Medical Center. To ease the increasingly complex needs of those 65 and up, the unit has special age-related features like wall sconces with dimmers and floor lighting to prevent falls. More in this issue.

In other news, a new study shows that disease registries can improve health outcomes and save the United States billions of dollars. Research on 13 registries in five countries, including the United States and Sweden, shows that these tools are becoming even more important under healthcare reform as payments for care are linked to effective treatments. According to our 2011 Survey on patient registries, 68 percent of respondents are using registries to improve care quality.

And lastly, a new report from Deloitte reveals that the majority of physicians do not think that PPACA will reduce costs by increasing efficiency, and they are predicting a continued shortage in primary care physicians as they seek administrative roles in health plans, hospitals and other settings.

Your colleague in the business of healthcare,
Cheryl Miller
Editor, Healthcare Business Weekly Update

Please send comments, questions and replies to cmiller@hin.com.

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December 19, 2011
Vol. XIII, No. 47

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This week's industry news:

  1. Disease Registries Can Save U.S. Healthcare System Billions
  2. 2012 Benchmarks in Patient Registry Use for Accountable Care
  3. 3 Key Healthcare Trends for the Year Ahead
  4. Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2012
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Medication Adherence in 2011 — More Help from Community Pharmacists
  6. GE-Microsoft IT Venture Offers Population Health Management Tools
  7. New Chart: Top Percentages of Reduction in Avoidable ER Visits
  8. Leveraging Population Health Management To Meet Accountable Care Organization Efficiency Metrics
  9. New Hospital Learning Collaborative Designed to Reduce Healthcare-Acquired Conditions
  10. Hospitals in a Medical Home
  11. 1 in 4 Physicians Feels PPACA Will Reduce Costs by Increasing Efficiency
  12. Case Studies in Comprehensive Primary Care
  13. New Geriatric ER Caters to Rising Number of Elderly
  14. 27 Interventions to Reduce Avoidable ER Use
  15. Q&A: Prepping a Practice for a Case Manager
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This week's industry news

1.) Disease Registries Can Save U.S. Healthcare System Billions

Disease registries can improve health outcomes and save billions of dollars, according to a new study by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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2.) 2012 Benchmarks in Patient Registry Use for Accountable Care

2012 Benchmarks in Patient Registry Use This 40-page resource provides actionable data from more than 100 healthcare companies on their current and planned use of registries and the impact of registry use on healthcare quality, efficiency and cost. It also demystifies registry use and provides best practices for implementation, based on the experiences of Crystal Run Healthcare, a 200-physician practice in Orange County, N.Y., and other healthcare organizations.

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3.) 3 Key Healthcare Trends for the Year Ahead

Bundled payments, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and integrated delivery systems will be some of the ways healthcare systems tackle the new care and reimbursement reforms in 2012, says Steve Valentine, president, The Camden Group.

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4.) Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2012: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2012 In HIN's eighth annual healthcare industry forecast, a planning tool eagerly anticipated by healthcare executives, Steven T. Valentine, president of The Camden Group, returns to parse the industry landscape for the year ahead and propose how healthcare organizations can best position themselves not only for a profitable 2012 but for Medicare eventualities in the years to come.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Medication Adherence in 2011 — More Help from Community Pharmacists

In the second annual Medication Adherence e-survey, conducted in September 2011, the Healthcare Intelligence Network deepened its research of programs, tools and strategies in use to improve medication adherence levels. Read this executive summary of responses from 162 healthcare companies.

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6.) GE-Microsoft IT Venture Offers Population Health Management Tools

A new General Electric/Microsoft IT venture aims to enable better population health management by providing healthcare professionals access to real-time intelligence and innovative technologies to improve patient care and increase efficiency.

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7.) New Chart: Who's Connecting HRAs to Care Management?

Who's Connecting HRAs to Care Management? Aggregate data from health risk assessments (HRAs) provides a roadmap for healthcare organizations to deliver health promotion and disease management interventions to targeted individuals — with the goal of improving clinical and financial outcomes. We wanted to see who is connecting HRA results to care management programs.

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8.) Leveraging Population Health Management To Meet Accountable Care Organization Efficiency Metrics

Leveraging Population Health Management To Meet Accountable Care Organization Efficiency Metrics As a participant in CMS Physician Group Practice Demonstration project, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has developed a competency in population health management that is being deployed in ongoing ACO pilots with Medicare and Cigna and in an ACO pilot in development with Anthem/WellPoint. In this 45-minute recorded webinar, Dr. Barbara Walters, senior medical director with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, shares how the pilots have demonstrated the value of an ACO by achieving efficiency, quality and cost targets.

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9.) New Hospital Learning Collaborative Designed to Reduce Healthcare-Acquired Conditions

Hospitals across the country will have the resources and support to target and reduce the millions of preventable injuries and complications from healthcare-acquired conditions, according to the HHS.

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10.) Hospitals in a Medical Home: Partners in Enhancing Access, Health Status and Cost Avoidance

Hospitals in a Medical Home In this 25-page special report, 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.

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11.) 1 in 4 Physicians Feels PPACA Will Reduce Costs by Increasing Efficiency

The majority of physicians in the United States believe that health reform will not increase access or reduce costs, and are unsure about its long-term impact on the system, according to a new report from The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

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12.) Case Studies in Comprehensive Primary Care: Guidance from Group Health Cooperative and Geisinger Health System

Case Studies in Comprehensive Primary Care This 50-page report takes a look at the successful patient-centered approaches by two innovators: Group Health Cooperative and Geisinger Health Plan, sharing key strategies and lessons learned from program implementation.


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13.) New Geriatric ER Caters to Rising Number of Elderly

Monmouth Medical Center has built a dedicated Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) unit to better meet the care complexities of this population Studies predict that one in five Americans will be 65 or older by 2030, and while the aging of the United States population will impact all areas of healthcare, emergency departments in particular will be affected, researchers say.

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14.) 27 Interventions to Reduce Avoidable ER Use

27 Interventions to Reduce Avoidable ER Use This 45-page resource details provider- and patient-focused interventions that target the high numbers of avoidable visits, high and ultra-high utilizers and the sub-populations noted for frequent ER use. Five interventions target these sub-populations: asthma patients, those recently discharged from the hospital, non-network patients, nursing home and assisted living residents and dual-eligibles (Medicare and Medicaid).

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15.) Q&A: Prepping a Practice for a Case Manager

Physician engagement is step one in the process of embedding case managers, says Robert Fortini, VP and chief clinical officer at Bon Secours Health System. There is much value in embedding a case manager in a primary care practice, including their influence on patientsí medication compliance. Prior to presenting for HINís August 10 webinar on Embedded Case Management in the Primary Care Practice: Program Design and Results, Fortini discussed preparing a practice for the arrival of a case manager.

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