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Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

As the parent of an adolescent and a 20-year-old, I was heartened last week to read that more parents are having substance-abuse related conversations with their adolescents, a practice associated with reduced substance abuse in this age group. Unfortunately, this SAMHSA report (a featured story this week) also found that adolescents are receiving fewer prevention messages through media sources.

Could it be that these messages are being placed in all the wrong places? According to a recent article in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescence, more than 90 percent of adolescents have Internet access and approximately 50 percent use social networking sites. In my unscientific opinion, they're also watching less TV — recording what they want to watch and then fast-forwarding through the commercials. Instead, public service organizations should create a presence on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social networking sites to deliver prevention messages where this vulnerable age group is...and rely on them to spread the word virally, which is what they do best. You can create special interest groups, pages, quizzes, videos, applications and more to get their attention.

If you haven't yet tried these sites, you can start by following us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. In time, your organization may "Like This."

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

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April 13, 2009
Vol. XI, No. 14

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

This week's industry news:

  1. Care Coordination and Accountability in the Diabetes Medical Home
  2. Case Studies from Diabetes Medical Home Pilots: Key Processes, Tools, Metrics and Outcomes
  3. Reverse Triage Can Make More Hospital Beds Available During Disasters
  4. Emergency Room Redirection Handbook
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Preparedness and the Force of Law — Plans for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations
  6. Fewer Adolescents Seeing Substance Use Prevention Messages in Media
  7. Alcohol Abuse and Dependency
  8. CMS Recognizes The Joint Commission for Continued Hospice Deeming Authority
  9. hospice letter
  10. Free, Scalable Solution Helping Organizations Connect Health IT Systems into NHIN
  11. The Business Case for Web 2.0 in Healthcare: Building Brands and Redefining the Patient Experience
  12. Featured HealthSounds Podcast: Ticking Time Bombs in Disease Management Not Always High-Risk, High-Volume Patients
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This week's industry news

1.) Care Coordination and Accountability in the Diabetes Medical Home

Dr. James E. Barr, medical director for Partners in Care, discusses proper care coordination and accountability within the PCMH.

You need a process where the physician and the whole team looks at the member profiles periodically and has their goal-directed management plan. Maybe that A1C is not perfect. The LDL isn’t perfect. Or maybe there’s another colonoscopy that has nothing to do with diabetes but we want to make sure they get that done. We need a plan developed for each of these patients.

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2.) Case Studies from Diabetes Medical Home Pilots: Key Processes, Tools, Metrics and Outcomes

Case Studies from Diabetes Medical Home Pilots Case Studies from Diabetes Medical Home Pilots: Key Processes, Tools, Metrics and Outcomes offers a detailed look at two physician-health plan partnerships in diabetes disease management — a care coordination pilot for New Jersey state employees with diabetes and a hands-on case manager-driven initiative for Medicaid beneficiaries with diabetes in North Carolina.

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3.) Reverse Triage Can Make More Hospital Beds Available During Disasters

Two new studies published in the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal suggest that sufficient hospital capacity during a disaster can be achieved through evaluating resources and discharging non-critical patients.

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4.) Emergency Room Redirection Handbook

Emergency Room Redirection Handbook The Emergency Room Redirection Handbook is a comprehensive two-volume set that illustrates innovative strategies to reduce unnecessary emergency room visits.

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5.) Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Preparedness and the Force of Law — Plans for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations

This is a white paper on the legal implications of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HDPS-21), Sarbanes-Oxley (SAR-OX) and Federal False Claims (FFC) legislation. All critical infrastructure industries identified in the National Response Plan and the National Incident Management System have similar HSPD’s. The correlations made regarding HSPD-21 apply to all critical infrastructure industries.

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6.) Fewer Adolescents Seeing Substance Use Prevention Messages in Media

A new national report issued during National Alcohol Awareness Month provides both discouraging and encouraging news about the state of efforts to inform young people about the risks of underage drinking and illicit substances.

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7.) Alcohol Abuse and Dependency

Alcohol Abuse and Dependency This publication is a clinical guideline for the diagnosis, evaluation and management of the person who is addicted to or dependent on the use of alcohol. It covers diagnostic criteria, risk factors, screening for alcoholism, treatment settings, criteria for inpatient care and length of stay goals, as well as drug management of withdrawal symptoms when necessary. Adolescent and geriatric alcohol dependency issues are reviewed.

Learn more about this resource.

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8.) CMS Recognizes The Joint Commission for Continued Hospice Deeming Authority

HHS’ CMS has renewed The Joint Commission’s deeming authority for hospice organizations for the maximum six-year term allowed.

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9.) hospice letter

hospice letter An essential tool for hospice managers, hospice letter stays on top of the most current challenges facing hospice executives, including legislative scrutiny, the short average length of stay, Medicare and Medicaid reform, discussions about physician-assisted suicide, managed care and integration.

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10.) Free, Scalable Solution Helping Organizations Connect Health IT Systems into NHIN

The Federal Health Architecture is making software available as a first step to help public and private health IT systems communicate to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), a federal initiative to facilitate the electronic exchange of health information.

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11.) The Business Case for Web 2.0 in Healthcare: Building Brands and Redefining the Patient Experience

The Business Case for Web 2.0 in Healthcare In The Business Case for Web 2.0 in Healthcare: Building Brands and Redefining the Patient Experience, experts recount how strategic utilization of Web 2.0 tools is driving prospective patients to their Web sites and to their facilities in record numbers. Even recruiters are feeling the impact of these efforts.

Learn more about this resource.

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12.) Featured HealthSounds Podcast: Ticking Time Bombs in Disease Management Not Always High-Risk, High-Volume Patients

Dr. Dexter Shurney Nightly data mining has helped Vanderbilt University and Medical Center identify and make contact with high-risk high-volume patients, explains Dr. Dexter Shurney, which has vastly improved patient outcomes and closed care gaps. But the medical director of Vanderbilt's Employee Health and Care Plan would like to see even more data put in front of physicians at the point of care — especially regarding certain patients with no claims history. Dr. Shurney describes these "bombs waiting to explode," as well as the impact of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care on disease management and why wellness and prevention services may be the best responses to individuals with comorbidities.

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