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Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

There was some sobering news on substance abuse last week that is straining hospital emergency departments and substance abuse treatment facilities.

SAMHSA and CDC reported that visits to hospital emergency departments involving nonmedical use of prescription narcotic pain relievers more than doubled, rising 111 percent, between 2004 and 2008. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado has some innovative strategies for dealing with chemical dependency patients who show up in their emergency department, as you'll read in this week's issue. Kaiser's Sara Gray, senior manager of emergency services, shared a dozen strategies to reduce preventable ER visits during a webinar earlier this month.

Also, the proportion of substance abuse treatment admissions involving older Americans (aged 50 and older) nearly doubled from 1992 to 2008. Get the details on this SAMHSA study — including the startling increases in cocaine and heroin abuse by this age group — in this week's issue.

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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June 21, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 23

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Improving Physician Performance and Value-Based Reimbursement Levels Through Meaningful Data Sharing

This week's industry news:

  1. Incentives Sweeten HRA Completion, Survey Finds
  2. Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives, 2010 Edition
  3. Kaiser Strategies for Reducing Preventable ED Visits
  4. Reducing Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: 2010 Benchmarks in Obesity and Weight Management
  6. Study Confirms Link Between Depression, Abdominal Obesity
  7. New Chart: Power of Patient Education
  8. Depression Management Benchmarks
  9. Dramatic Rise in Proportion of Older Americans Admitted for Substance Abuse Treatment
  10. The Next Generation of Health Coaching
  11. New $250 Million Investment Strengthens Primary Healthcare Workforce
  12. 2010 Medical Home Performance Benchmarks
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Beyond Physician Practice Transformation
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This week's industry news

1.) Incentives Sweeten HRA Completion, Survey Finds

The use of economic incentives to drive engagement and results from wellness and prevention programs continues to proliferate, both as a response to escalating healthcare costs and to the shift of more health ownership to consumers.

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

Benchmarks in Health & Wellness Incentives, 2010 Edition 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.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Kaiser Strategies for Reducing Preventable ED Visits

Over the last 18 months, Kaiser Permanente in Colorado has taken a very hard look at its ED utilization across its population, according to Sara Gray, senior manager of emergency services at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado.

Get the full story.

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4.) Reducing Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits: Strategies To Discourage Inappropriate Use and Reduce Preventable Visits

Reducing Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits During this webinar, Kaiser shared their strategies in reducing inappropriate and avoidable ED use through a three-pronged approach.

Learn more about this resource.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: 2010 Benchmarks in Obesity and Weight Management

This white paper captures the top strategies organizations are implementing to prevent and reduce obesity and related conditions and costs, based on responses from 131 healthcare organizations to the April 2010 Healthcare Intelligence Network Obesity and Weight Management e-survey.

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6.) Study Confirms Link Between Depression, Abdominal Obesity

A new study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) confirms the relationship between depression and abdominal obesity, which has been linked to an increased risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Get the full story.

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7.) New Chart: Power of Patient Education

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To paraphrase a popular commercial, an educated consumer is the healthcare industry’s best customer. We wanted to measure the impact of patient education programs on health outcomes, medication adherence and healthcare cost and utilization.

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8.) Depression Management Benchmarks: Trends in Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health

Depression Management Benchmarks This resource provides actionable information from 260 organizations on their progress in targeting depression in disease management plus lessons learned from early adopters of an integrated approach to mental and physical health.

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9.) Dramatic Rise in Proportion of Older Americans Admitted for Substance Abuse Treatment

A new SAMHSA study reveals that between 1992 and 2008 the proportion of substance abuse treatment admissions involving older Americans (aged 50 and older) nearly doubled — from 6.6 percent of all admissions in 1992 to 12.2 percent in 2008.

Get the full story.

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10.) 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.

Learn more about this resource.

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11.) New $250 Million Investment Strengthens Primary Healthcare Workforce

A series of new investments made possible by the Affordable Care Act will increase the number of healthcare providers and strengthen the primary care workforce, according to HHS.

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12.) 2010 Medical Home Performance Benchmarks: Adoption, Utilization and Results

2010 Medical Home Performance Benchmarks This resource is the Healthcare Intelligence Network's second annual analysis of awareness, adoption, tools, technologies, challenges, benefits and outcomes of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Beyond Physician Practice Transformation

Dr. Paul Kaye Susan Stuard Along with the transformation to a patient-centered medical home came an acceptance of a model that coordinates care for an entire population, not just the patients showing up each day, notes Dr. Paul Kaye, medical director at Taconic IPA. And even though the 238 Taconic physicians at 11 sites have received Level III PPC®-PCMH™ recognition from the NCQA, Susan Stuard, executive director of THINC, explains that practice transformation doesn't stop there.

Listen to this podcast.

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