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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Obesity is now an even heavier burden on this country, said the CDC last week. No state met the Healthy People 2010 obesity target of 15 percent, and in nine states, over 30 percent of adults are obese.

The CDC's recommendation? Obesity should be addressed through a comprehensive approach across multiple settings and sectors that can change individual nutrition and physical activity behaviors and the environments and policies that affect these behaviors.

In the healthcare setting, at least, we've responded with more programs to prevent and manage obesity and rein in associated healthcare costs. In our 2008 survey on obesity and weight management programs, 64 percent of respondents had launched programs in this area. In this year's April survey, that number rose to 71 percent. Get this year's results here.

In response to this trend, this week's Chart of the Week looks at the top components of obesity and weight management programs, and a related story offers a cautionary tale on evaluating hospitals for bariatric surgery — a popular weight loss procedure that is performed more than 180,000 times a year.

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
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August 9, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 29

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This week's industry news:

  1. 3 Reasons to Conduct Home Visits for Medically Complex Patients
  2. Home Visit Handbook
  3. Excellence Rating Does Not Identify Safest Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery
  4. Obesity & Weight Management Benchmarks
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: 2010 Benchmarks in Obesity and Weight Management
  6. Multi-Product Tobacco Use Prevalent Among Youth, Men
  7. New Chart: 5 Top Tools for Obesity & Weight Management
  8. Health Coach Collection
  9. The 3 States with Highest Long-Term Care Liability Costs
  10. MORE Medical Home Reimbursement Models
  11. Up to 15 Million Women Will Gain New Subsidized Coverage from Health Reform
  12. Health Reform's Impact on Commercial and Medicare Health Plans
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Reducing Unnecessary ER Visits
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This week's industry news

1.) 3 Reasons to Conduct Home Visits for Medically Complex Patients

Jessica Simo, program manager with Durham Community Health Network for the Duke Division of Community Health, maps out three reasons why home health visits can reduce unnecessary utilization.

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2.) Home Visit Handbook: Structure, Assessments and Protocols for Medically Complex Patients

Home Visit Handbook This resource outlines an innovative home visit pilot for Medicaid and dually eligible patients that reduced unplanned hospital admission days by 71 percent in three months for the pilot population and provides key performance benchmarks on home visit activity in the healthcare industry.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Excellence Rating Does Not Identify Safest Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery

High-volume hospitals had fewer complications from bariatric surgery, but center of excellence accreditation by a professional organization did not predict the safest hospitals for this increasingly common weight loss procedure for obese patients.

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4.) Obesity & Weight Management Benchmarks and Case Studies

Obesity & Weight Management Benchmarks This resource provides actionable information on current obesity and weight management programs for adults, children and adolescents from more than 300 organizations. Whether your organization will focus on obesity and weight management in the near future or retool an existing program, it will benefit from a review of metrics and measurements to evaluate and plan your program and compare performance and utilization data.

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.) Multi-Product Tobacco Use Prevalent Among Youth, Men

The use of cigarettes in combination with other forms of tobacco is linked with higher nicotine addiction, the inability to quit using tobacco and increases chances of tobacco-related health problems, such as stroke, heart disease and tobacco-related cancers, according to an analysis of data from the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

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7.) New Chart: 5 Top Tools for Obesity & Weight Management

Top Tools for Obesity & Weight Management

Obesity and weight management programs from healthcare payors, purchasers, providers and educators can help to reduce the physical and financial strain of overweight and obesity on health status, worker productivity and healthcare costs in the midst of the nation's full-fledged obesity epidemic. We wanted to find out which elements are part of organization's obesity initiatives.

Click here to view the chart.

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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.

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9.) The 3 States with Highest Long-Term Care Liability Costs

While long-term care liability costs are stable across much of the nation, Arkansas, Tennessee and West Virginia are experiencing exceptionally high expenses — known as loss costs — related to insurance claims, according to a study from Aon Corporation.

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10.) MORE Medical Home Reimbursement Models: ROI from Risk Adjustment, Shared Savings and Multi-Payor Partnerships

MORE Medical Home Reimbursement Models The newest strategies for generating revenue from the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) are documented in this 45-page resource. Learn how the identification of high-risk patients, meaningful distribution of healthcare data and collaborations with like-minded organizations are increasing medical home profitability for three healthcare organizations.

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11.) Up to 15 Million Women Will Gain New Subsidized Coverage from Health Reform

Thirty million women will benefit from the new health reform law over the next decade, either through new or strengthened insurance coverage, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund.

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12.) Health Reform's Impact on Commercial and Medicare Health Plans

Health Reform's Impact on Commercial and Medicare Health Plans This report highlights administrative challenges posed by the reform law, and delves into the likely impact of the act on coverage, benefit designs, medical costs and pharmacy benefits. It also outlines how successful Medicare plans are preparing now for the plan payment provisions affecting service areas, provider contracting, care management strategies and Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) coding that take effect in 2012.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Reducing Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits — Strategies To Discourage Inappropriate Use and Reduce Preventable Visits

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.

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