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Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

About a third of Medicare beneficiaries who are hospitalized wind up back in the hospital within 30 days, a phenomenon that costs Medicare about $17.4 billion each year, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and featured in this issue. The researchers recommend more attention to transitions in care from one healthcare site to another. To quote from the study: "From a system perspective, a safe transition from a hospital to the community or a nursing home requires care that centers on the patient and transcends organizational boundaries. Our purpose in this report has been to strengthen the empirical foundation for designing and providing such care."

Planning a patient's care transitions and closing the gaps in care from one healthcare setting to another can significantly affect health outcomes, ER utilization, cost to patients, providers and insurers and burdens on caregivers and family members. Take the new HIN survey on managing care transitions across sites and receive an e-summary of the results once the survey is completed. The survey will identify targeted populations, components of care transition programs, roles of care transition teams, benefits and challenges of care transition programs and more.

You can also save 20 percent this week only on a featured resource, Discharge Planning Primer: Community Collaborations to Decrease Hospital Readmissions Risk.

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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Jessica Papay, jpapay@hin.com

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April 6, 2009
Vol. XI, No. 13

Sponsored by:
The Strategic Ongoing Role of Disease Management in the Healthcare Continuum: Achieving the ROI

This week's industry news:

  1. Comprehensive EHR Could Help Transform Healthcare Delivery
  2. The Doctor Is Online: Moving Toward Physician-Patient e-Visits
  3. Reducing the Prevalence and Cost of Medicare Rehospitalizations
  4. Discharge Planning Primer: Community Collaborations to Decrease Hospital Readmissions Risk
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Obesity & Weight Management — Weighing in on the Growing Epidemic
  6. Online Help for Emotional Health Issues Related to Financial Stress
  7. Depression Disease Management: Healthcare's New Frontier
  8. Medicare to Test Pay Incentives to Improve Nursing Home Care
  9. Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives: Utilization and Effectiveness Data to Drive Health Promotion, Compliance and ROI
  10. $338 Million Grant to Expand Community Health Centers, Serve More Patients
  11. Retail Clinics 1.0: Selling the Care Model to Payors and Providers
  12. Featured HealthSounds Podcast: IBM Banking on Medical Home to Deliver Healthcare ROI
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This week's industry news

1.) Comprehensive EHR Could Help Transform Healthcare Delivery

A comprehensive EHR can result in a transformation of healthcare delivery — and, in particular, could help address an increasing burden on primary care physicians, according to Catherine Chen, manager for National Clinical Systems Planning and Consulting at Kaiser Permanente. The EHR system, described in the March/April issue of Health Affairs and introduced throughout Kaiser Permanente, was initially rolled out in the giant health plan’s Hawaii region in 2004.

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2.) The Doctor Is Online: Moving Toward Physician-Patient e-Visits

The Doctor Is Online In The Doctor Is Online: Moving Toward Physician-Patient e-Visits, a panel of industry experts walk through the steps of a typical e-visit, describe the positive reception this trend has received from physicians, patients and payors, and offer practical advice for healthcare organizations contemplating a move to virtual visits.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Reducing the Prevalence and Cost of Medicare Rehospitalizations

Almost one fifth (19.6 percent) of nearly 12 million Medicare beneficiaries discharged from a hospital in 2003 or 2004 were rehospitalized within 30 days, at a cost to Medicare of $17.4 billion, according to a new study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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4.) Discharge Planning Primer: Community Collaborations to Decrease Hospital Readmissions Risk

Discharge Planning Primer In this 32-page special report, two industry experts describe the coordinated approaches central to their hospital discharge processes and the impact their programs have had on patients' outcomes and satisfaction, hospital readmission rates and healthcare costs.

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5.) Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Obesity & Weight Management — Weighing in on the Growing Epidemic

Increasingly, healthcare organizations are creating initiatives aimed at the 67 million obese and 85 million overweight Americans. In an August 2008 e-survey, nearly 300 healthcare professionals told the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN) how they are managing — and working to prevent — this growing problem.

Download this complimentary white paper.

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6.) Online Help for Emotional Health Issues Related to Financial Stress

A first-of-its-kind, online guide now provides crucial information and resource referrals for people dealing with emotional or other health problems associated with economic hard times. The “Getting Through Tough Economic Times” guide provides practical advice on identifying health concerns, developing coping skills and finding help.

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7.) Depression Disease Management: Healthcare's New Frontier

Depression Disease Management In this special report, you'll learn about the broad array of depression disease management programs, ranging from differences in treatment length to pharmaceutical trials to staff roles and patient responsibility.

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8.) Medicare to Test Pay Incentives to Improve Nursing Home Care

Medicare has launched a new, four-state demonstration to determine if cash incentives will improve the quality of care and efficiency of operations in nursing homes. Nursing homes in Arizona, Mississippi, New York and Wisconsin will be asked to participate.

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

Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives For maximum returns, incentives must be carefully matched to the population, health improvement activity and the desired behaviors. This exclusive 30-page report combines the responses of more than 200 organizations to HIN's 2009 Health and Wellness Incentives Utilization Survey with recommendations and advice on incentives use from 25 thought leaders in health and wellness.

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10.) $338 Million Grant to Expand Community Health Centers, Serve More Patients

HHS has released $338 million to expand services offered at the nation’s community health centers. The money was made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and comes as more Americans join the ranks of the uninsured.

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11.) Retail Clinics 1.0: Selling the Care Model to Payors and Providers

Retail Clinics 1.0 Retail Clinics 1.0: Selling the Care Model to Payors and Providers offers advice from the retail clinic trenches, where many health plans already reimburse for services dispensed at retail clinics and providers are partnering with or launching their own retail or "convenience" clinics.

Learn more about this resource.

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12.) Featured HealthSounds Podcast: IBM Banking on Medical Home to Deliver Healthcare ROI

George Chedraoui IBM spends about $2 billion a year on healthcare for its 500,000 employees but doesn't believe it's getting its money's worth from the current system, explains George Chedraoui, healthcare leader with IBM and immediate past president of Bridges to Excellence. Chedraoui explains why IBM is banking on the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) — with its focus on disease prevention and wellness — to deliver this value, the impact of $19 billion in health IT incentives on physician practices, and why it will take more than technology to transform a physician practice into a medical home.

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