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Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

'Tis the season to discuss the constitutionality of the healthcare reform bill, according to developments in Virginia and Florida last week. The bill was dealt a legal blow last Monday when a Virginia federal judge ruled unconstitutional the bill's mandate for health insurance for all Americans beginning in 2014. Last Thursday, a federal judge in Florida began hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the same key provision, in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of 20 states.

Meanwhile, a new Commonwealth Fund report featured in this week's issue looks ahead to 2014, detailing how more than 18 million men and women of a certain age will benefit once the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) kicks in completely.

More immediately, three of the four most critical aspects of PPACA are tied to finances, according to the healthcare organizations who responded to our 2011 Healthcare Trends & Forecasts e-survey in October. I encourage you to download the complimentary executive summary of these survey results, which should greatly assist you in your planning for the year ahead.

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

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December 20, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 47

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Maximizing the Nurse Advice Line To Ensure Appropriate Healthcare Utilization

This week's industry news:

  1. Why Do People Use the ED?
  2. 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Reducing Avoidable ER Visits
  3. Delaying Surgical Procedures Increases Infection Risk, Healthcare Costs
  4. Hospital Discharge Improvement Guide
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Leverage Healthcare Costs
  6. Depression Drug May Relieve Pain from Breast Cancer Treatment
  7. New Chart: Top Telehealth Devices
  8. Depression Management Benchmarks
  9. 18.3 Million Baby Boomers Could Benefit From the Affordable Care Act
  10. Guide to Health Risk Assessment and Stratification
  11. HHS Issues New Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions
  12. Comorbidity Care Models
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Case Management
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This week's industry news

1.) Why Do People Use the ED?

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado uses a number of strategies to find out why individuals use the ED, explains Sara Tracy, senior manager of emergency services for Kaiser.

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2.) 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Reducing Avoidable ER Visits

Reducing Avoidable ER Visits How prevalent are programs to reduce avoidable ER use, and what kind of results do they net? Which populations and conditions are responsible for most preventable ER visits, and what are the most effective strategies for redirecting these patients to more cost-effective and appropriate healthcare settings? This 50-page resource addresses these concerns and others by providing actionable information from 90 healthcare organizations on their efforts to reduce inappropriate use of the ED.

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3.) Delaying Surgical Procedures Increases Infection Risk, Healthcare Costs

Delaying elective surgical procedures after a patient has been admitted to the hospital significantly increases the risk of infectious complications and raises hospital costs, according to results of a new study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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4.) Hospital Discharge Improvement Guide: How to Close Six Key Care Gaps and Reduce Readmissions

Hospital Discharge Improvement Guide The hospital discharge is not a finite period of time but rather an ongoing process requiring planning and precision. Without a coordinated approach, the exit from the hospital can be fraught with risk and result in adverse events and unnecessary readmissions. This resource delivers dozens of tactics to tighten the six major gaps in the hospital discharge process including education, test management and communication.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: The Moment of Force — Four New Ways to Favorably Leverage Healthcare Costs

By resting your financial lever on one of four new healthcare cost-saving fulcrums, you can reduce the burden of employee healthcare costs more easily and effectively than by brute force. The solution is less about muscle than it is about manipulating simple techniques to maximize employee health. Learn more about these cost-saving strategies in this white paper.

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6.) Depression Drug May Relieve Pain from Breast Cancer Treatment

A drug commonly used to treat depression and anxiety disorder was effective at reducing joint and muscle pain associated with a breast cancer treatment, according to a study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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7.) New Chart: Top Telehealth Devices

Top Telehealth Devices

Powered by provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, healthcare delivery via telehealth and telemedicine is transforming wellness, disease management, medication management services and illness prevention while extending and enhancing access to critical healthcare services. We wanted to see which devices are being utilized in organizations' telehealth initiatives.

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8.) Depression Management Benchmarks: Trends in Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health

Depression Management Benchmarks This resource provides actionable information from 260 organizations on their progress in targeting depression in disease management plus lessons learned from early adopters of an integrated approach to mental and physical health.

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9.) 18.3 Million Baby Boomers Could Benefit From the Affordable Care Act

18.3 million men and women ages 50 to 64 stand to benefit from provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

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10.) Guide to Health Risk Assessment and Stratification

Health Risk Assessment and Stratification In this guide, 13 industry thought leaders describe the processes of health risk assessment (HRA) and stratification as well as applications and benefits of health assessment in the workplace and various healthcare settings. This 140-page guide also examines the HRA's impact on cost, utilization and patient health status. Q&A chapter answers more than 60 questions on HRAs.

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11.) HHS Issues New Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions

HHS has released a new strategic framework to reduce the risks of complications and improve the overall health status of individuals with multiple chronic conditions.

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12.) Comorbidity Care Models: Integrated Action Plans for Complex Healthcare Needs

Comorbidity Care Models This resource presents emerging models of care for comorbidity, with a special focus on the needs of aging multi-morbid patients as well as those whose comorbidity encompasses physical and behavioral health conditions.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Case Management — Identifying, Monitoring and Managing Target Populations

Identifying, Monitoring and Managing Target Populations As part of CareOregon's initiative to create a more robust care management program, the organization has found new ways of stratifying members and identifying high-risk members, explains Rebecca Ramsay, B.S.N., M.P.H., CareOregon's senior manager of care support and clinical programs. Ms. Ramsay also explains how daily data from CareOregon's emergency departments is informing their member outreach strategy.

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