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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Feedback from employers indicates that despite uneasiness created by the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, many still plan major changes to employee coverage — from eliminating insurance for retirees to reducing premiums for employees who take a health risk assessment (HRA). Our own research on HRA use found that 56 percent of organizations offer incentives for HRA completion, with cash incentives of up to $100 offered by 63 percent and reduced premiums by 44 percent.

We share more employer insurance trends and more of our research on the top uses of HRA aggregate data by 116 healthcare organizations in this week's issue. You can also download a free e-summary of the June 2010 HRA Survey results.

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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August 30, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 32

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Reducing Avoidable Emergency Room Visits: Approaches to Redirect Patients to Cost-Effective Care Settings

This week's industry news:

  1. Majority of Large Employers Revising Health Benefit Programs for 2011
  2. Real ROI from Health Management
  3. Survey Identifies Top 3 Uses for HRA Data
  4. 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Health Risk Assessment Use
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Clinical Case Management
  6. New Connection Found Between Yoga and Mood, Anxiety
  7. New Chart: The 7 Most Critical Care Transitions
  8. 2010 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook
  9. Social Support Key to Nursing Home Length of Stay Before Death
  10. Home Visit Handbook
  11. New Insurance Finder Web Tool Simplifies Process of Searching for Health Coverage
  12. Coordinating a Virtual Medical Home in Your Community
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: The 3 Factors That Influence Hospital ER Use
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This week's industry news

1.) Majority of Large Employers Revising Health Benefit Programs for 2011

A majority of large U.S. employers are moving forward with plans to make changes to their 2011 healthcare benefit programs in the wake of both health reform and expected large health benefit cost increases next year, according to a new survey by the National Business Group on Health.

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2.) Real ROI from Health Management: Cost Savings through Coaching and Disease Management

Real ROI from Health Management In this resource, industry experts detail the measures to look at when evaluating health coaching and population health programs and provide case studies of how they are using these measures to demonstrate a health management ROI.

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3.) Survey Identifies Top 3 Uses for HRA Data

Aggregate data from health risk assessments (HRAs) provide a roadmap for healthcare organizations to deliver health promotion and disease management interventions to targeted individuals — with the goal of improving clinical and financial outcomes.

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4.) 2010 Performance Benchmarks in Health Risk Assessment Use

2010 Performance Benchmarks in Health Risk Assessment Use This 60-page resource provides metrics and measures on current and planned HRA initiatives as well as lessons learned and results from successful health assessment programs. This industry snapshot is enhanced with guidance from industry thought leaders on the design and implementation of HRAs, the role of an HRA in a population health management program and guidelines for evaluating the effectiveness of HRA programs.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Clinical Case Management — A Common Platform for Managing Health and Productivity

As economic connections between employee health and workforce productivity have been more clearly delineated, employers are considering health and productivity management as a business strategy that can increase corporate earnings. Integrating the management of their benefit programs is one option for such strategies, but certainly not the only means of achieving this goal.

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6.) New Connection Found Between Yoga and Mood, Anxiety

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that yoga may be superior to other forms of exercise in its positive effect on mood and anxiety.

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7.) New Chart: The 7 Most Critical Care Transitions

Seven Critical Care Transitions

Tighter management of transitions in care can help to close care gaps, avoid unnecessary hospitalizations, readmissions and ER visits, reduce medication errors and raise the bar on care quality. We wanted to see which care transitions are being addressed by healthcare organizations.

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8.) 2010 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook: Metrics, Measurements and Innovations

2010 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook This resource is a comprehensive collection of benchmarks in key areas of healthcare activity and growth: the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), reducing readmissions, health coaching, patient outreach, financial incentives and telehealth to foster behavior change and reverse healthcare spend.

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9.) Social Support Key to Nursing Home Length of Stay Before Death

In a study of elderly Americans who moved to a nursing home for their final months or years of life, 80 percent died there within one year, according to an investigation by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) and the University of California, San Francisco.

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10.) 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.

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11.) New Insurance Finder Web Tool Simplifies Process of Searching for Health Coverage

HHS has released a new HealthCare.gov Web tool for download that makes searching for coverage options easier than before.

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12.) Coordinating a Virtual Medical Home in Your Community: Lessons from the Iowa Collaborative Safety Net Provider Network

Coordinating Virtual Medical Home in Your Community After identifying a need in the state of Iowa for access to affordable prescription drugs and access to specialists for underserved populations, as well as medical home development for the safety net providers in the state, the Iowa/Nebraska Primary Care Association was awarded state funding to create and manage a provider network to bring together all of the community resources needed to make a medical home possible. During this webinar, industry experts will share how the primary care providers in this community work with other local, community-based organizations, as part of a virtual medical home, to improve access to and the quality of care.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: The 3 Factors That Influence Hospital ER Use

Dr. Barsam Kasravi Three key factors influence consumers' use of the hospital emergency room today, according to Dr. Barsam Kasravi, managing medical director for state-sponsored programs for WellPoint. In this podcast, Dr. Kasravi discusses how WellPoint is trying to close critical care gaps and encourage its members to utilize healthcare services more effectively.

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