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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Good news last month for 62 regional extension centers (RECs) helping healthcare providers with adoption of electronic health records (EHRs): the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT expanded from two years to four years the time period in which it will pick up the tab for most of the centers' costs.

This announcement coincided with the release of our latest healthcare performance benchmarks in telehealth, in which EHRs topped the list of non-clinical telehealth applications. And as you'll see in this issue's Chart of the Week, more than two-thirds of 2010 survey respondents monitor patients and health plan members remotely. Likely candidates are those with heart failure, diabetes or COPD; their weight, vital signs and medication adherence are the top activities monitored at a distance.

Telephonic health advice lines top the list of clinical applications for telehealth. Optima Health has had great success with its after-hours nurse advice line. Read more about how this service has reduced avoidable healthcare utilization in the HIN blog.

Click here for a complimentary summary of 2010 telehealth benchmarks.

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

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February 7, 2011
Vol. XIII, No. 6

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Evaluating Health and Wellness Incentive Programs for Behavior Change

This week's industry news:

  1. New State Scorecard on Children's Healthcare Finds Wide Geographic Disparities
  2. Health Plan Rate Setting
  3. From IPA to ACO: The Queens County Medical Society Accountable Care Organization
  4. Blueprint for ACO Success
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Role Based Access Governance and HIPAA Compliance
  6. Behavioral Health Spending Growing More Slowly Than Other Health Spending
  7. New Chart: Who's Using Telehealth for Remote Monitoring?
  8. The Next Generation of Health Coaching
  9. Proposed Rule Would Give Medicare Beneficiaries Right to Contact QIOs with Care Concerns
  10. The Medical Home Case Manager
  11. New USDA, HHS Dietary Guidelines Help Americans Make Healthier Lifestyle Choices
  12. Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives, 2010 Edition
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Patient-Centered Medical Home Transformation
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This week's industry news

1.) New State Scorecard on Children's Healthcare Finds Wide Geographic Disparities

Two years after the reauthorization and expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a new Commonwealth Fund state-by-state scorecard finds that federal and state action on behalf of children has helped preserve and even expand health coverage for this group, despite the severe recession.

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2.) 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.

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3.) From IPA to ACO: The Queens County Medical Society Accountable Care Organization

The Queens County Medical Society IPA is the chassis driving its evolution into an accountable care organization, explains Jeffrey R. Ruggiero, Esq., a legal advisor for Queens County Medical Society's ACO development process.

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

Neurologic Emergencies This 40-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.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Role Based Access Governance and HIPAA Compliance — A Pragmatic Approach

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) will impose more stringent regulatory and security requirements to the privacy rules of HIPAA. Compliance with the letter of the guideline can be difficult for organizations without strong access governance processes and policies. This paper focuses on a set of best practices for implementing an access governance framework and the specific access controls requirements for HIPAA/HITECH.

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6.) Behavioral Health Spending Growing More Slowly Than Other Health Spending

In 2005, behavioral health spending accounted for 7.3 percent ($135 billion) of the $1.85 trillion spent on all healthcare services in the United States, according to a SAMHSA study that analyzed healthcare costs from 1986 to 2005 to determine patterns in expenditures for behavioral health services.

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7.) New Chart: Who's Using Telehealth for Remote Monitoring?

Who's Using Telehealth for Remote Monitoring? With an increase in telehealth use to expand healthcare access and curb costs, we wanted to see how many organizations are using telehealth for remote monitoring of patients or members.

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8.) The Next Generation of Health Coaching: Multi-Platform Models for Sustained Behavior Change

The Next Generation of Health Coaching To optimize program success and ROI, health coaching will need to be powered by multi-channel outreach — land lines, Web, e-mail, cell phones and even PDAs — and reinforced by tightly interwoven communication and incentive programs. In this 43-page special report, health coaching veterans set the stage for Health Coaching 3.0 and describe the skills, technology and training that will be required to equip health coaches for this eventuality.

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9.) Proposed Rule Would Give Medicare Beneficiaries Right to Contact QIOs with Care Concerns

Most Medicare-participating providers and suppliers must give Medicare beneficiaries written notice about their right to contact a Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) with concerns about the quality of care they receive under the Medicare program, according to a new rule proposed by CMS.

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10.) The Medical Home Case Manager: Profiting from Patient-Centered Care Coordination

The Medical Home Case Manager This resource provides an inside look at the selection, training, skill set, processes and benefits of the Geisinger Health Plan case managers embedded within the payor's medical home practices. Working within the ProvenHealth Navigator(SM) — Geisinger's home-grown medical home model — case managers are carefully matched with primary care practices, where they help the practice to identify its highest-risk population and develop customized care plans to guide those individuals to better self-management of their condition and more judicious use of healthcare resources.

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11.) New USDA, HHS Dietary Guidelines Help Americans Make Healthier Lifestyle Choices

Because more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, the seventh edition of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity.

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12.) Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives, 2010 Edition: Utilization and Effectiveness Data to Drive Health Promotion, Compliance and ROI

Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives An all-new follow-up to the best-selling 2009 edition, this resource is packed with actionable new metrics on incentives activity, including the prevalence of incentives, favored incentive types, the population health management activities most often incentivized, identification and eligibility of recipients, and incentive program challenges, measurement tools, results and ROI.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Patient-Centered Medical Home Transformation — How Data Sharing Improves Physician and Business Performance

Dr. Jose Guethon In an excerpt from a conversation with Metcare of Florida chief executives on its continuing medical home pilot with Humana, COO Dr. Jose Guethon describes the mechanics of sharing utilization and financial data with its physicians, and the impact of this practice and friendly competition between physicians has had on workflow, patient access, customer service and other key metrics.

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