HIN logo
From the editor

Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

A new Brigham Young University study featured this week reports that social networks are good for your health — not the Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn kind of networks, but the live connections we forge with friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. A lack of live social bonds is tantamount to being an alcoholic or smoking 15 cigarettes a day, say the researchers.

Another area where connections are important is the hospital discharge. This issue also contains six tips for improving communication with patients during hospital discharge.

And finally, a health coach is a good person to have in your social network. Take our third annual Health Coaching survey by August 31 to find out how healthcare organizations are implementing health coaching and the financial and clinical outcomes that can result. Respondents will be e-mailed a free summary of the survey results next month.

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) 449-4468
Fax: (732) 449-4463
Email: info@hin.com

This week's featured download: Medical Homes in 2010 — Awareness, Adoption, Tools and Outcomes

Medical Homes in 2010 — Awareness, Adoption, Tools and Outcomes

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

August 2, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 28

Sponsored by:
Best Practices in Case Management Patient Contact, Monitoring and Follow-up

This week's industry news:

  1. Healthcare Leaders Support Growth of ACOs for Care Delivery
  2. Medical Home Reimbursement ABCs
  3. Six Ways to Improve Communication with Patients at Discharge
  4. Hospital Discharge Improvement Guide
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Achieving HIPAA Compliance with Enterprise Single Sign-On
  6. Social Connections Improve Psychological, Physical Health
  7. New Chart: Populations Targeted by Telehealth
  8. Health IT in Care Management
  9. Consumer Reports to Publish NCQA Health Plan Quality Ratings
  10. Reducing Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients
  11. Rite Aid Agrees to Pay $1 Million to Settle HIPAA Privacy Case
  12. Protecting Patient Data at the Front Door
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Embedded Case Managers
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 Coaching in 2010

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


This week's industry news

1.) Healthcare Leaders Support Growth of ACOs for Care Delivery

Nearly nine of 10 leaders in healthcare and healthcare policy think that the lack of incentives and current financial interests of providers and other stakeholders are barriers to moving healthcare toward more integrated and accountable delivery models.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


2.) 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.

>>Return to this week's industry news


3.) Six Ways to Improve Communication with Patients at Discharge

Susan Shepard, director of patient safety education at the Doctors Management Company, maps out six steps to follow to improve communication with a patient at discharge.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


4.) Hospital Discharge Improvement Guide: How to Close Six Key Care Gaps and Reduce Readmissions

Hospital Discharge Improvement Guide The hospital discharge is not a finite period of time but rather an ongoing process requiring planning and precision. Without a coordinated approach, the exit from the hospital can be fraught with risk and result in adverse events and unnecessary readmissions. This resource delivers dozens of tactics to tighten the six major gaps in the hospital discharge process including education, test management and communication.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Achieving HIPAA Compliance with Enterprise Single Sign-On

To achieve HIPAA compliance, organizations must adopt and enforce several policies, processes and procedures. Although Enterprise Single Sign-On (ESSO) solutions can help with these initiatives, the technologies, capabilities, costs and requirements of ESSO solutions vary greatly. Learn how the successful implementation of ESSO can support not only the HIPAA compliance requirements for technical, administrative and physical safeguard standards but can also provide workflow advantages.

Download this complimentary white paper.

>>Return to this week's industry news


6.) Social Connections Improve Psychological, Physical Health

A new Brigham Young University (BYU) study reports that social connections — friends, family, neighbors or colleagues — improve our odds of survival by 50 percent.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


7.) New Chart: Which Populations Are Targeted by Telehealth?

Populations Targeted by Telehealth

With so many healthcare organizations hotwired for telehealth and telemedicine, we wanted to find out which populations were being targeted by technologies such as remote monitoring and diagnostics, automated reminders and data sharing. See the responses we received from 139 healthcare organizations.

Click here to view the chart.

>>Return to this week's industry news


8.) 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.

>>Return to this week's industry news


9.) Consumer Reports to Publish NCQA Health Plan Quality Ratings

This fall, in time to help the many Americans who will be choosing health plans during open enrollment, NCQA’s independent health insurance plan rankings 2010-2011 will be published online and in the November issue of Consumer Reports magazine, ensuring that this information reaches millions of consumers.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


10.) Reducing Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients: A Multidisciplinary Approach for the Medicare Population

Reducing Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients Learn how Hackensack Hospital is reducing readmissions of heart failure patients through a program of continuous care, patient education and self-management.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


11.) Rite Aid Agrees to Pay $1 Million to Settle HIPAA Privacy Case

Rite Aid Corporation and its 40 affiliated entities (RAC) have agreed to pay $1 million to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. In a coordinated action, RAC also signed a consent order with the FTC to settle potential violations of the FTC Act.

Get the full story.

>>Return to this week's industry news


12.) Protecting Patient Data at the Front Door: Vetting Prospective Employees for HIPAA and Other Data Protection Laws

Protecting Patient Data at the Front Door This resource can help healthcare organizations develop standards for hiring workers, which include vetting prospective employees beyond HIPAA, using background checks in evaluating prospects, the possible need for new business associate contracts provisions and much more.

Learn more about this resource.

>>Return to this week's industry news


13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Embedded Case Managers — Navigating Care Transitions, Gaps in Care and Patient Compliance

Diane Littlewood The contributions of an embedded case manager to the practice quickly become evident, explains Diane Littlewood, R.N., regional manager of case management for health services, Geisinger Health Plan, which in turn bolsters physician buy-in for the program. She describes the upfront basics that help to ensure that health plan and provider expectations for embedded case management are met.

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