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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

In case there was any doubt, last week's vote to repeal healthcare reform, however symbolic, cemented the U.S. House of Representatives' stand on the legislation. Also last week, a majority of physicians who took the National Physicians Survey (NPS) said they feared healthcare reform would weaken the quality of healthcare and hurt their bottom lines.

However, almost half of the 3,000 physicians surveyed by Thomson-Reuters and HCPlexus on a range of healthcare issues said they did not know what an accountable care organization (ACO) was. Also, less than 25 percent of any responding physician category or specialty were actively discussing ACOs. The most successful ACOs will be those whose physicians have an active hand in developing the ACO architecture, predicted Jeffrey R. Ruggiero, an attorney advising the Queens County Medical Society on its ACO development approach during last week's webinar on physician-owned ACOs. Read an excerpt in the HIN blog.

This week we share a link to our first Healthcare Benchmarks video on Reducing Avoidable ER Use. HIN VP and COO Melanie Matthews narrates. Please comment and share with your colleagues!

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

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

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January 24, 2011
Vol. XIII, No. 4

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Evaluating Health and Wellness Incentive Programs for Behavior Change

This week's industry news:

  1. What Are the Top Technologies in Telehealth?
  2. 2011 Performance Benchmarks in Telehealth & Telemedicine
  3. Reform Will Have Negative Effect on Quality of Care, Physician Reimbursement
  4. Blueprint for ACO Success
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Improving Patient Care
  6. Teen Exposure to Anti-Drug Messages Decreases by Two-Thirds as Drug Use Increases
  7. New Chart: Care Transition Risk Factors
  8. Evaluating Health and Wellness Incentive Programs
  9. Online Tool Can Help Seniors Quickly Determine Dementia Risk
  10. 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Health Risk Assessment Use
  11. Routine Osteoporosis Screening Recommended for Women Over 65
  12. Real ROI from Health Management
  13. HealthSounds Video: How to Reduce Avoidable ER Use
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This week's industry news

1.) What Are the Top Technologies in Telehealth?

Data monitoring and wireless technologies edged out land lines this year as the top technologies utilized in telehealth initiatives, according to the second annual Telehealth e-survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

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2.) 2011 Performance Benchmarks in Telehealth & Telemedicine

Telehealth & Telemedicine An all-new update to the best-selling 2010 edition, this 50-page resource is packed with actionable new information from 111 healthcare organizations on their utilization of telehealth & telemedicine. This resource documents trends and metrics on current and planned telehealth and telemedicine initiatives and includes a year-over-year comparison of telehealth trends from 2009 to 2010.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Physicians Say Reform Will Have Negative Effect on Quality of Care, Physician Reimbursement

Sixty-five percent of physicians believe that the quality of healthcare in the United States will deteriorate because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), while 74 percent say physician reimbursement will become less fair, according to the 2011 Thomson Reuters-HCPlexus National Physicians Survey (NPS).

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4.) Blueprint for ACO Success: Clinical, Quality and Compliance Considerations for an Accountable Care Organization

Blueprint for ACO Success This 30-page resource will help healthcare organizations considering an ACO to construct a strong clinical foundation while meeting state and federal legal, regulatory and compliance requirements for ACOs.

Learn more about this resource.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Improving Patient Care with Identity and Access Management

After evaluating proposals from several leading vendors, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City selected RSA ClearTrust® Web access management software as the central component of its identity and access management strategy. The RSA Security solution provides administrators with fine-grained capabilities for managing usersí access to mission-critical applications and sensitive information, based on an individualís role and unique user profile.

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6.) Teen Exposure to Anti-Drug Messages Decreases by Two-Thirds as Drug Use Increases

The largest survey on teen drug abuse tracking over 46,000 8th, 10th and 12th graders found a huge falloff in teensí recalled exposure to drug abuse prevention messages over the past seven years.

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7.) New Chart: Top 5 Risk Factors for Care Transition

Care Transition Risk Factors

Tighter management of transitions in care can help to close care gaps and reduce rehospitalizations, ER visits and medication errors. We wanted to see the top risk factors that are considered when evaluating individuals for care transition management.

Click here to view the chart.

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8.) Evaluating Health and Wellness Incentive Programs for Behavior Change

Health and Wellness During this February 10, 2011 webinar, the director of member engagement at Premera Blue Cross will share his organization's techniques and strategies to increase engagement in and results from health and wellness programs.

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9.) Online Tool Can Help Seniors Quickly Determine Dementia Risk

A quick online assessment tool developed by Johns Hopkins researchers can help worried seniors find out if they are at risk of developing dementia and determine whether they should seek a comprehensive, face-to-face diagnosis from a physician, according to a new study.

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10.) 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Health Risk Assessment Use

Health Risk Assessment Use This 60-page resource provides metrics and measures on current and planned HRA initiatives as well as lessons learned and results from successful health assessment programs. This industry snapshot is enhanced with guidance from industry thought leaders on the design and implementation of HRAs, the role of an HRA in a population health management program and guidelines for evaluating the effectiveness of HRA programs.

Learn more about this resource.

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11.) Routine Osteoporosis Screening Recommended for Women Over 65

In an update to its 2002 recommendation, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends that all women ages 65 and older be routinely screened for osteoporosis.

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12.) Real ROI from Health Management: Cost Savings through Coaching and Disease Management

Real ROI from Health Management In this resource, industry experts detail the measures to look at when evaluating health coaching and population health programs and provide case studies of how they are using these measures to demonstrate a health management ROI.

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13.) HealthSounds Video: How to Reduce Avoidable ER Use

How to Reduce Avoidable ER Use How healthcare companies promote appropriate use of emergency rooms, based on 2010 market research. With analysis by HIN VP and COO Melanie Matthews and commentary by Sara A. Tracy, senior manager of emergency services at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado.

Watch the video.

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