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Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Our children are not the only ones back in school this month. In this week's issue, read about a new learning collaborative that will prep providers at 12 New York City community health centers to meet standards for the patient-centered medical home and meaningful use of health IT, making them eligible for billions of dollars in state and federal incentives. Through a mix of classroom-style learning, virtual learning tools and one-on-one coaching, the collaborative hopes to bring providers up to speed on key patient-centered initiatives and high-tech tools while improving healthcare care delivery and quality in the process.

In another group effort, the Iowa Collaborative Safety Net Provider Network has fashioned a virtual medical home in which local primary care providers work with other community-based organizations to deliver a full continuum of healthcare services to underserved populations. Two members of Iowa's virtual medical home will share lessons learned from the collaborative process during a webinar this Thursday.

Interested in providing more high-tech healthcare? Learn what inroads more than 75 organizations are making in this area by taking this month's e-survey on telehealth and telemedicine. Respond by September 30 and you'll be e-mailed a summary of the 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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September 20, 2010
Vol. XII, No. 34

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Coordinating a Virtual Medical Home in Your Community — Lessons from the Iowa Collaborative Safety Net Provider Network

This week's industry news:

  1. Learning Collaborative Readies NY Health Centers for Medical Home, Health IT Incentives
  2. Coordinating a Virtual Medical Home in Your Community
  3. How to Select the Best Online Health Coach
  4. Health Coach Hiring, Training and ROI
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Handheld Healthcare
  6. National Survey Reveals Increases in Substance Use from 2008 to 2009
  7. New Chart: Top 5 HRA Data Outputs
  8. Emergency Room Triage of the Mental Health Patient
  9. Study Finds Indoor and Outdoor Falls Different for Elderly
  10. Home Visit Handbook
  11. HHS Awards $14 Million to Support Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
  12. Principles of a Patient-Centered Practice
  13. HealthSounds Podcast: The Colorado Accountable Care Collaborative
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This week's industry news

1.) Learning Collaborative Readies NY Health Centers for Medical Home, Health IT Incentives

A Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) / Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology (HIT) Learning Collaborative will help 12 New York City community health centers leverage state and federal financial incentives for the two programs, while transforming the delivery of primary care.

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2.) 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 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.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) How to Select the Best Online Health Coach

Sean Slovenski, CEO and president of Hummingbird Coaching Services, describes the qualities to look for when selecting a candidate for an online health coaching position.

Get the full story.

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4.) Health Coach Hiring, Training and ROI: Profiting from Behavior Change

Health Coach Hiring This 50-page report provides strategies for the screening, hiring, training, mentoring, certification and continued educational support of health coaches, as well as metrics for evaluating the success of an online, telephonic or in-person coaching effort and maximizing program ROI.

Learn more about this resource.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Handheld Healthcare — Mobile Medical Technology

If knowledge is power, then one of medicine’s most powerful tools is handheld devices, or personal digital assistants (PDAs). This new technology is helping to save lives, improve care and lower costs. Healthcare practitioners are becoming increasingly mobile yet they're inundated with critical medical data, reports and research. Amid this flow of important medical information, doctors are forced to make time critical decisions at the point of care, without the information they require.

Download this complimentary white paper.

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6.) National Survey Reveals Increases in Substance Use from 2008 to 2009

The use of illicit drugs among Americans increased between 2008 and 2009 according to a national survey conducted by SAMHSA. The survey shows that the overall rate of current illicit drug use in the United States rose from 8.0 percent of the population aged 12 and older in 2008 to 8.7 percent in 2009.

Get the full story.

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7.) New Chart: Top 5 HRA Data Outputs

HRA Data Outputs

Aggregate data from HRAs provides a roadmap for targeted health promotion and disease management interventions. We wanted to see the top applications for aggregate HRA data.

Click here to view the chart.

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8.) Emergency Room Triage of the Mental Health Patient: Pilot Projects in Reducing ED Diversion

ER Triage of the Mental Health Patient In this resource, one industry expert explains how the community mental health center's system-wide daily conference call helps to balance work and patient flow, encourages creative problem-solving and dramatically reduces staff time spent on diversion of psychiatric ER patients to other facilities. A second expert describes a pilot program placing a psychiatric nurse in the ED, along with the impact of the program on hospital admits, discharges and resource allocation, and ED staff satisfaction and morale.

Learn more about this resource.

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9.) Study Finds Indoor and Outdoor Falls Different for Elderly

The risk factors for indoor and outdoor falls for older adults are different, according to a new study by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, a fact that is often missed when the two are combined and may affect how falls prevention programs are structured.

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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.

Learn more about this resource.

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11.) HHS Awards $14 Million to Support Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

More than $14.2 million has been awarded to increase the adoption and dissemination of interventions based on patient-centered outcomes research among racial and ethnic minority populations, according to HHS.

Get the full story.

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12.) Principles of a Patient-Centered Practice: Medical Home Guidelines for Staffing, Recognition and Evidence-Based Care

Principles of a Patient-Centered Practice This resource delivers essential lessons in a practice-wide redesign from organizations that have already completed the transformation to a medical home — including two of the top 10 commercial health plans for 2009-2010 as ranked by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the US News Media Group and a Level III NCQA-recognized medical home.

Learn more about this resource.

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13.) HealthSounds Podcast: The Colorado Accountable Care Collaborative: Practical Lessons from an ACO

Laurel Karabatsos To provide immediate feedback to participants in Colorado's accountable care organization (ACO) for Medicaid beneficiaries, program developers have chosen a handful of performance measures that will focus on program quality and cost containment, explains Laurel Karabatsos, deputy Medicaid director. The ACO is rapidly approaching its January 2011 launch date, and the development team has worked hard to garner support for an ACO that will provide health services for 60,000 Medicaid lives in the state.

Listen to this podcast.

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