HIN logo
From the editor

Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

In our recently completed survey on managing care transitions across sites, nearly 80 percent of responding healthcare organizations said the hospital discharge is the care transition getting the most attention. In this week's featured podcast, Sara Gray, senior manager of emergency services at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado, suggests two simple tasks to complete at discharge to keep recently discharged patients from returning to the hospital via the ER.

Sara will share Kaiser's three-pronged approach to reducing avoidable ER visits during a webinar this Wednesday.

If you'd like a complimentary copy of the care transitions survey results when they are compiled later this month, e-mail me at pdonovan@hin.com.

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
Associate Editor:
Jessica Papay, jpapay@hin.com

Publisher:
Melanie Matthews, mmatthews@hin.com

>>Return to top

HIN podcasts
HIN blog
HIN videos
New HIN products

Contact HIN:
www.hin.com
(888) 446-3530
(732) 528-4468
Fax: (732) 292-3073
Email: info@hin.com

This week's featured download: 2010 Benchmarks in Medication Adherence Programs

2010 Benchmarks in Medication Adherence Programs

Featured download










For advertising and sponsorship opportunities in the Healthcare Business Weekly Update, please e-mail sales@hin.com or call 888-446-3530

>>Return to top

June 7, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 21

Sponsored by:
Reducing Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits — Strategies To Discourage Inappropriate Use and Reduce Preventable Visits

This week's industry news:

  1. The How-Toís of Hiring a Case Manager
  2. The Medical Home Case Manager
  3. Is July Arrival of New Doctors Linked to Fatal Medication Errors?
  4. Improving Physician Performance and Value-Based Reimbursement Levels
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Treating ER Overcrowding
  6. Vast Majority of Psychiatric Treatment in Community Hospitals Occurs in Specialty Units
  7. New Chart: Health Coaching Tech Tools
  8. Health Coaching in Primary Care
  9. HHS Provides $60 Million to Help People Navigate Health, Long-term Care Options
  10. Medical Home Case Studies
  11. Report Provides State-Level Data on Coverage Gains, Costs of Medicaid Expansion in Health Reform
  12. Health Care Reform Compliance Workshop
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Three-Pronged Approach to Reduce Avoidable ED Use
Please pass this along to any of your colleagues or, better yet, have them sign up to receive their own copy and learn about our other news services.

Missed the last issue? Read it here.

Join our Community: Twitter Facebook LinkeIn


Take the monthly e-survey:
Health Risk Assessments

You'll be emailed a synopsis of the survey results.


This week's industry news

1.) The How-Toís of Hiring a Case Manager

Diane Littlewood, RN, and Joann Sciandra, RN, regional managers of case management for health services at Geisinger Health Plan, reveal their case manager selection process.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


2.) The Medical Home Case Manager: Profiting from Patient-Centered Care Coordination

Medical Home Case Manager This resource provides an inside look at the selection, training, skill set, processes and benefits of the Geisinger Health Plan case managers embedded within the payor's medical home practices.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


3.) Is July Arrival of New Doctors Linked to Fatal Medication Errors?

Are new medical residents a threat to patient health? According to researchers from the University of California, San Diego, fatal medication errors peak in July in counties with teaching hospitals, which coincides with the yearly influx of new medical residents who are given increased responsibility for patient care.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


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

Improving Physician Performance and Value-Based Reimbursement Levels During this 45-minute webinar, discover how Taconic IPA is leveraging performance reporting data to engage physicians in quality improvement while increasing reimbursement rates for its physicians.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Treating ER Overcrowding — An Emergency in Urgent Care

An EDís overcrowding can create a myriad of problems — from an increase in wait times to a decline in the quality of care being given to patients in need. In an e-survey from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN), 73 healthcare professionals stated how they are responding to ED overcrowding and its effect on their organizations.

Download this complimentary white paper.

>>Return to this week's industry news


6.) Vast Majority of Psychiatric Treatment in Community Hospitals Occurs in Specialty Units

Over 90 percent of psychiatric patients who received treatment in community hospitals were cared for in hospital-based psychiatric specialty units, according to a study sponsored by SAMHSA and AHRQ.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


7.) New Chart: Top Health Coaching Tech Tools

Health Coaching Tech Tools

With so much technology available to wellness and health promotion programs, we wanted to see which IT tools are supporting organizations' health coaching programs.

Click here to view the chart.

>>Return to this week's industry news


8.) Health Coaching in Primary Care: Persuading Physicians to Prescribe Behavior Change and Self-Efficacy

Health Coaching in Primary Care In this report, three health coaching thought leaders detail their models for incorporating health coaching into the primary care paradigm. While acknowledging existing demands on busy physicians, they recommend that PCPs school themselves in health promotion and make coaching a team effort to foster behavior change in members and patients.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


9.) HHS Provides $60 Million to Help People Navigate Health, Long-term Care Options

To help individuals and their caregivers better understand and navigate their health and long-term care options, HHS is providing $60 million in Affordable Care Act grants to states and communities.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


10.) Medical Home Case Studies: Profiles in the Patient-Centered Approach

Medical Home Case Studies This 100-page special report provides different experiences on the adoption, organization, delivery, funding and outcomes of the medical home model. This resource profiles the efforts of 11 healthcare organizations as they explore the benefits, opportunities and challenges of the patient-centered medical home model from the viewpoints of payor, hospital, physician, nurse practitioner, case manager and C-suite executive. Supplemented with key graphs and data, these case studies provide details on care management transition teams, medical homes for high-risk patients and much more.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


11.) Report Provides State-Level Data on Coverage Gains, Costs of Medicaid Expansion in Health Reform

The expansion of Medicaid under the new health reform law will significantly increase the number of people covered by the program and markedly reduce the uninsured in states across the country, with the federal government picking up the overwhelming majority of the cost, according to a state-by-state analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundationís Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU).

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


12.) Health Care Reform Compliance Workshop: Your Questions Answered

Health Care Reform Compliance Workshop This program provides the specific steps employers of all sizes need to take to comply with the new reform regulations before they are fully enforced. Topics discussed include automatic enrollment in health plans, benefit design changes required in dependent eligibility, preventive care, lifetime and annual limits, and pre-existing condition exclusions; new reporting and disclosure requirements for employers; and tax issues in connection with Cadillac plans, Medicare Part D subsidies and health flexible spending accounts.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Three-Pronged Approach to Reduce Avoidable ED Use

Sara Gray When primary care isn't available, several proxy healthcare services can sometimes fill the bill for certain conditions, helping to reduce the number of avoidable emergency room visits, explains Sara Gray, senior manager of emergency services at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado. Ms. Gray describes two important steps hospitals can take when discharging patients to keep those patients from seeking post-discharge care in the ER, and suggests a hospital-SNF partnership to reduce preventable ER visits by SNF patients.

Listen to this podcast.

>>Return to this week's industry news


Thank you for your readership! Please urge your colleagues to subscribe by forwarding this email or visiting http://www.hin.com/freenews2.html or by calling (888) 446-3530 or visiting the HIN Web site.

While we encourage you to forward this email to your colleagues, these articles may not be redistributed in any other publication, reproduced for publication in any form, distributed on an intranet or network or by e-mail distribution or distributed for commercial purposes without the expressed written permission of the Healthcare Intelligence Network.


Copyright 1997-2010 Healthcare Intelligence Network. All rights reserved.
Healthcare Intelligence Network
Gateway to Healthcare Business Information on the Internet
800 State Highway 71, Suite 2, Sea Girt, N.J. 08750