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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Elderly hospitalized patients are particularly vulnerable to adverse drug events, which can extend their hospital stay and place them at risk for serious complications and even death. In separate stories this week, two hospitals approach this problem from very different perspectives. First, a New Jersey hospital has constructed a mock hospital room to study the effect of room design on patient safety and care delivery. See what they learned about judicious placement of health IT in the hospital room.

And in Boston, a tweak by hospital researchers to physicians' CPOE systems also reduced medication-related dangers for older patients.

Also this week, we present the latest benchmarks in reducing avoidable ER visits, gleaned from respondents to our July 2010 e-survey.

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

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August 23, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 31

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

This week's industry news:

  1. Fitting the Medical Home into an Accountable Care Organization
  2. Guide to Medical Home Reimbursement
  3. Model Hospital Room Tests Impact of Design on Patient Welfare, Healthcare Delivery
  4. 2010 Benchmarks in Healthcare Case Management
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Benchmarks in Reducing Avoidable Emergency Room Use
  6. Women Who Drink Beer More Likely to Develop Psoriasis
  7. New Chart: Barriers to Reducing Readmission Rates
  8. Three Pillars of Health Coaching
  9. Computerized Warnings Can Reduce Adverse Drug Events in Elderly Hospital Patients
  10. Medication Reconciliation Strategies
  11. $46 Million to Help States Improve Health Insurance Premium Hikes
  12. Improving Patient Collections in an Unhealthy Economy
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: Interventions To Reduce Hospital Readmissions
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This week's industry news

1.) Fitting the Medical Home into an Accountable Care Organization

Dr. Craig Samitt, president and CEO of Dean Health System, describes how the accountable care organization (ACO) can be part of the PCMH model.

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2.) Guide to Medical Home Reimbursement

Guide to Medical Home Reimbursement With data accumulating from dozens of pilots of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and federal legislation in place that will reward the PCMH and other team-based care delivery models in the months and years to come, healthcare organizations must be well-versed on reimbursement and physician incentive models that are driving results around the country. This resource delivers comprehensive analyses of emerging payment models for patient-centered care from early adopters that are working overtime to put a fair price on care coordination tasks and adequately reward providers for medical home adoption.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Model Hospital Room Tests Impact of Design on Patient Welfare, Healthcare Delivery

The hospital patient room of the future is on display and in use in Princeton, New Jersey, providing lessons that stand to benefit hospitals and patients nationwide. Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) will study how a hospital room’s design impacts events such as medication errors and hospital-acquired infections.

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4.) 2010 Benchmarks in Healthcare Case Management: Responsibilities, Results & ROI

2010 Benchmarks in Healthcare Case Management This resource provides actionable information from 187 healthcare organizations on the placement and responsibilities of case managers and the impact case management has on healthcare utilization, cost and compliance.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Benchmarks in Reducing Avoidable Emergency Room Use

As consumers and payors take on greater responsibility for the efficiency of the healthcare system, healthcare organizations are targeting avoidable emergency rooom use. This white paper captures the steps that 90 healthcare organizations are taking to reduce avoidable use of the hospital ER, including the three most effective programs to prevent inappropriate use. These benchmarks are based on organizations' responses to the Healthcare Intelligence Network July 2010 e-survey on reducing avoidable ER use.

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6.) Women Who Drink Beer More Likely to Develop Psoriasis

Regular beer — but not light beer or other types of alcohol — appears to be associated with an increased risk of developing psoriasis, according to a report that will be published in an upcoming issue of Archives of Dermatology.

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7.) New Chart: Barriers to Reducing Readmission Rates

Barriers to Reducing Readmission Rates

Responding organizations face many challenges related to the reduction of hospital readmissions. We wanted to see the most significant barriers to reducing readmission rates among their populations.

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8.) Three Pillars of Health Coaching: Patient Activation, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology

Three Pillars of Health Coaching This resource provides the fundamentals of three essential tools — Patient Activation Measure™, motivational interviewing and positive psychology — that health coaches can use to elicit behavior change, move clients along the path to self-management and have a positive impact on health outcomes and utilization.

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9.) Computerized Warnings Can Reduce Adverse Drug Events in Elderly Hospital Patients

A specially programmed computer warning system can significantly reduce doctors’ orders for drugs that pose a danger to older patients, according to a study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).

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10.) Medication Reconciliation Strategies to Reduce Hospital Adverse Drug Events

Medication Reconciliation Strategies In this special report, two experts describe their hospital's emphasis on quality and perfect care processes and provide the inside details on their medication management programs, which have a goal of eliminating adverse drug events.

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11.) $46 Million to Help States Improve Health Insurance Premium Hikes

Grant awards of $46 million to 45 states and the District of Columbia will be used to help improve the oversight of proposed health insurance premium increases, take action against insurers seeking unreasonable rate hikes and ensure consumers receive value for their premium dollars, according to HHS.

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12.) Improving Patient Collections in an Unhealthy Economy: Technologies and Processes to Speed Payments

Improving Patient Collections in an Unhealthy Economy During this webinar, industry experts from Beacon Partners provided practical strategies, techniques and tools to improve patient collections without alienating patients.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: Interventions To Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Jan Van der Mei Case managers can educate patients to avoid hospital readmissions through interventions and symptom management, says Jan Van der Mei, regional director of continuum case management for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. Ms. Van der Mei discusses the advantages of co-locating healthcare case managers in various care settings, and describes how case managers can have an impact in areas like medication reconciliation and patient and family education.

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