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Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Healthcare's historical week continued with Tuesday's signing by President Barack Obama of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, followed by Thursday's passage by the House of Representatives of the budget reconciliation bill that tweaked the sweeping healthcare overhaul.

It's a lot to digest. There is certainly confusion over the one-two punch of the bills; many seek a simpler, streamlined version of the changes. We took some time last week to gauge industry reaction, and found that just over half of 125 respondents to our online survey see the landmark legislation as positive. Respondents also predicted the impact of healthcare reform on care access, delivery and cost, described the steps they'll take immediately to prepare for immediate and long-term changes spelled out in the bill.

Watch this space next week for an e-summary of the survey results, or e-mail me at pdonovan@hin.com to request your copy.

What is clear is that healthcare reform will reward payors, purchasers and providers for innovations that streamline care delivery and reduce costs. This week we launch a new feature — Chart of the Week — to track trends and innovations in healthcare, starting with a look at populations targeted by telehealth.

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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March 29, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 12

Sponsored by:
Shared Savings in the Medical Home

This week's industry news:

  1. 4 Ways to Improve Care Delivery in the Medical Home
  2. Prescription for Profitability
  3. Eliminating Racial Disparities in Evidence-based Hospital Care for Stroke
  4. Principles of a Patient-Centered Practice
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: 2010 Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives Use
  6. Diet Quality Decreases as Alcohol Intake Increases
  7. Chart of the Week: Populations Targeted by Telehealth
  8. Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change
  9. Needs of Alzheimer Population Addressed in Healthcare Reform Legislation
  10. Retooling Care Transitions
  11. Rule Restricts Access, Marketing of Tobacco Products to Youth
  12. Real ROI from Health Management
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Improving Patient Collections in an Unhealthy Economy
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This week's industry news

1.) 4 Ways to Improve Care Delivery in the Medical Home

Michael Erikson, vice president of primary care services for Group Health Cooperative, shares four strategies that dramatically improved care delivery in Group Health’s successful medical home pilot.

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2.) Prescription for Profitability: 50 Ideas to Stimulate Healthcare Savings

Prescription for Profitability With the ink barely dry on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the smart money is on alignment of processes and programs with the landmark bill's built-in incentives to maximize profitability — chiefly in the areas of prevention, team-based integrated care, population management and payment reform. This resource provides cutting-edge advice on key programs funded for pilots, demos and incentives in healthcare reform — the patient-centered medical home, health coaching, care transitions and more.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Eliminating Racial Disparities in Evidence-based Hospital Care for Stroke

Blacks hospitalized with the most common type of stroke are less likely than white or Hispanic patients to receive evidence-based stroke care, according to a new study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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4.) Principles of a Patient-Centered Practice: Medical Home Guidelines for Staffing, Recognition and Evidence-Based Care

Principles of a Patient-Centered Practice The transformation of a physician practice to a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a carefully planned process — one that starts with a culture change on the part of its doctors, staff, patients and payors and includes many practical adjustments to staffing, scheduling, patient outreach and care management. This resource delivers essential lessons in a practice-wide redesign from organizations that have already completed the transformation.

Learn more about this resource.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: 2010 Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives Use

The use of economic incentives to drive engagement and results from wellness and prevention programs continues to proliferate. This executive summary captures responses of 139 healthcare organizations to HIN's second annual Health and Wellness Incentives Use e-survey administered in February 2010 on the focus, utilization and impact of health and wellness incentives, from types of incentives offered to methods for identifying individuals for incentive programs and reasons for providing incentives.

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6.) Diet Quality Decreases as Alcohol Intake Increases

People who drink more are also likely to eat less fruit and consume more calories from a combination of alcoholic beverages and foods high in unhealthy fats and added sugars, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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7.) New Chart: Populations Targeted by Telehealth

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8.) Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change

Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change This resource shows coaches and wellness professionals how to work with their clients to help them find motivation and achieve actual behavioral change in their lifestyle. This resource helps wellness professionals learn the coaching skills necessary to effectively work one-on-one with individuals, even for just fifteen minutes at a time.

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9.) Needs of Alzheimer Population Addressed in Healthcare Reform Legislation

Significant provisions in the final healthcare reform legislation address the health concerns of a growing Alzheimer population, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Several provisions in the final measure would deliver substantial benefits to the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and to their caregivers.

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10.) Retooling Care Transitions to Reduce Hospitalizations in Medicare Patients

Retooling Care Transitions This 40-page resource is an essential resource for healthcare organizations wishing to evaluate their care transition efforts against best practices in the industry. It delivers current trends in care transition programs as well as advice and guidance from industry thought leaders on key elements of care transition programs.

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11.) Rule Restricts Access, Marketing of Tobacco Products to Youth

A final rule issued by the U.S. FDA is designed to significantly curb access to and the appeal of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products to children and adolescents in the U.S.

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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, based on experiences with health improvement programs focused on nutrition, exercise, tobacco, medication adherence and more, 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 Podcast: Improving Patient Collections in an Unhealthy Economy — Technologies and Processes to Speed Payments

Improving Patient Collections With a revenue cycle that is measured by claims denials, collaborative data mining by billing and IT can identify origins of financial "bleeding" and turn these problems into actionable items, explain Beacon Partner experts Kevin Burchill, director; Sean McDonagh, practice director; and Ben Tobin, management consultant. Patient-friendly IT can also improve the patient experience on the front end while obtaining data to improve collections on the back end. This is a practice frequently employed by more financially robust providers. The three experts also debate the merits of offering patient discounts for prompt payment and placing patient credit reports in providers' hands.

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