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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

As payment reforms shift in favor of patient-centered approaches, healthcare organizations are tuning up technologies to support new models of care delivery. In a featured story this week, the president of a five-physician practice offers his take on the health IT necessary to deliver evidence-based care. You'll also learn how the Veterans Affairs' investment in health IT is netting clinical and financial gains, and hear from a healthcare thought leader on wiring the medical home for efficiency and quality.

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

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April 12, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 14

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This week's industry news:

  1. Technology Backbone for an Evidence-Based Practice
  2. Principles of a Patient-Centered Practice
  3. VA's Health IT Linked to Quality Gains, $3.09 Billion in Net Value
  4. Health IT in Care Management
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: HIT and the EHR
  6. Stipends Support Increasingly Strained Suicide Prevention Crisis Centers
  7. New Chart: Healthcare Case Manager Work Locations
  8. Health Coach Collection
  9. AARP Launches On-line Resources to Answer Health Reform Questions for Older Americans
  10. 2010 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook
  11. Experts Believe Healthcare Reform Will Expand Affordable Health Insurance Access to Millions
  12. Medical Home Reimbursement ABCs
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Wiring the Medical Home
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This week's industry news

1.) Technology Backbone for an Evidence-Based Practice

Registry or electronic health record? Dr. Richard Baron, president and CMO of Greenhouse Internists, defines the roles and limitations of these technologies in the delivery of evidence-based care.

Get the full story.

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

Principles of a Patient-Centered Practice This resource delivers essential lessons in a practice-wide redesign from organizations that have already completed the transformation to a medical home — including two of the top 10 commercial health plans for 2009-2010 as ranked by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the US News Media Group and a Level III NCQA-recognized medical home.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) VA's Health IT Linked to Quality Gains, $3.09 Billion in Net Value

The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) investments in health IT were related to improvements in quality of care and potentially produced $3.09 billion in net value over a 10-year period, according to a new study by the Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL).

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4.) Health IT in Care Management to Improve Health and Effect Behavior Change

Health IT in Care Management This resource describes the enrollment and engagement of patients in telemedicine programs in a variety of care settings. Experts describe the prerequisites for using technologies to engage patients in chronic disease improvement programs, setting the scene for care management and behavior change, and sharing how technology has enhanced patient engagement and self-management in specific populations.

Learn more about this resource.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: HIT and the EHR — Implications for Healthcare Organizations

This white paper explores the framework that the federal government has laid out for HIT and EHR development; key changes that will be required for the initiative to succeed; implications for physicians, hospitals, payors, employers and patients; and steps that healthcare provider and managed care organizations can begin to take now to ensure their leadership position in the future.

Download this complimentary white paper.

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6.) Stipends Support Increasingly Strained Suicide Prevention Crisis Centers

To meet increased demands for their services as a result of the economic downturn, more than 140 suicide prevention crisis centers around the United States have been awarded stipends of $26,000 to $50,000 from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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7.) New Chart: Healthcare Case Manager Work Locations

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8.) Health Coach Collection

Health Coach Collection This seven-volume set provides an in-depth look at health coaching — from program design to training of coaches to coaching models, strategies and techniques, ROI and the IT infrastructure needed to support an effective health coaching program.

Learn more about this resource.

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9.) AARP Launches On-line Resources to Answer Health Reform Questions for Older Americans

To help older Americans understand the impact of the recently enacted health reform package, AARP has launched new on-line resources for people with questions about the new law.

Get the full story.

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10.) 2010 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook: Metrics, Measurements and Innovations

2010 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook This resource is a comprehensive collection of benchmarks in key areas of healthcare activity and growth — from the adoption of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) to reduction of hospital readmissions to the use of health coaching, patient outreach, financial incentives and telehealth to foster behavior change and reverse healthcare spend.

Learn more about this resource.

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11.) Experts Believe Healthcare Reform Will Expand Affordable Health Insurance Access to Millions

An overwhelming majority — 89 percent — of leaders in healthcare and health policy think that the new healthcare reform law will successfully expand access to affordable health insurance to the millions of Americans who currently go without it, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders survey.

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12.) Medical Home Reimbursement ABCs: Funding Care Delivery through ACOs, Bundled Payments and Concrete Contracts

Medical Home Reimbursement ABCs This resource provides a primer on emerging reimbursement models that are getting payors' and providers' attention while delivering cost savings. This 50-page report profiles three healthcare organizations that are redefining healthcare reimbursement with their pilots of new payment models and contracting strategies.

Learn more about this resource.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Wiring the Medical Home — Healthcare IT to Power a Patient-Centered Model

Wiring the Medical Home Dr. James Crawford, senior vice president for laboratory services and chair of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, discusses the key process change that must accompany the adoption of health IT by a medical home as well as health IT's impacts on care coordination and findings from the PCPCC's survey of physician practices on their use of health IT in support of the medical home model.

Listen to this podcast.

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