Archive for December, 2013

Infographic: The Healthcare Transparency Revolution

December 31st, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

'Healthcare transparency' is defined as an effort to provide consumers with tools and information needed to choose providers and treatment options in an informed, convenient and value-driven way, according to HealthSparq. Seventy percent of executives say healthcare transparency is 'very important,' illustrated in a new HealthSparq infographic.

This infographic captures key findings from HealthSparq and The Cicero Group during a recent survey of more than 100 health plan executives about their healthcare transparency views and plans. The infographic includes benefits, tools and best practices for healthcare transparency.

ACA Mandate Just Around the Corner

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5 Pillars of Stanford Coordinated Care Home Visits

December 31st, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

Connecting its high-risk patients to essential community resources is the fifth pillar of Stanford Coordinated Care's post-discharge home visits program.

This community connection for complex patients rounds out the four elements of the CTI that take place during each home visit: medication reconciliation, red flag education, follow-up physician visits, and a personal health record (PHR).

"We think it’s important to get the patient hooked into whatever resources in the community can also help them to have good outcomes and not have to go back into the hospital," explained Samantha Valcourt, clinical nurse specialist with Stanford Coordinated Care, during a recent webinar on Home Visits: Assessing Complex Patients Post-Discharge to Reduce Readmissions.

These local resources might include recruiting the patient's church group to visit or assist with meals preparation, she said.

Stanford visits their just-discharged complex patients in the home environment because it offers a close look at the individual's mobility, safety, nutrition status and support system. Of the five-point program, medication reconciliation is the most important task performed during the home visit, Ms. Valcourt noted.

Medication management problems immediately following the hospital discharge are a key factor driving hospital readmissions among high-risk Medicare beneficiaries, she said.

Just as it modified the CTI to suit its population, Stanford has added three questions to the HARMS-8 readmissions risk assessment tool developed by Care Oregon to identify patients who would benefit from a home visit. The post-discharge visits, which last about an hour on average, are conducted by Ms. Valcourt, an advanced practice nurse. Her preparation for the home visit begins when the patient is still in the hospital, she explains.

"About 20-25 percent of my time is spent on the pre-work and post-work around home visits, such as seeing the patient in the hospital, reviewing hospital notes and the discharge summary, coordinating with the PCP and care coordinator, and making follow-up phone calls."

Among the process and outcome measures Stanford uses to evaluate the effectiveness of the home visits, which are separate from traditional home care, is the Patient Activation Measure®, which identifies a patient's level of engagement in their own care.

Although program results are anecdotal at the one-year point, Stanford hopes the home visits will not only reduce rehospitalizations in the approximately 200 high-risk patients it serves, but also reduce lengths of stay, empower patients to partner in their care, improve patient satisfaction and bridge the hospitalist-primary care provider gap, Ms. Valcourt noted.

Ms. Valcourt provides more details on Stanford Coordinated Care's home visits program in this interview.

Infographic: Healthcare Costs, Benefits and Reform

December 30th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

Employers perceive hospital costs to have a major influence on overall healthcare system costs, according to a new infographic from Deloitte Health Care.

This infographic reveals what employers think about the U.S. healthcare system after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it identifies strategies to actively manage healthcare costs.

Healthcare Costs, Benefits and Reform

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Infographic: How Will ICD-10 Conversions Affect Healthcare?

December 27th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

ICD-10 will impact the entire healthcare spectrum from doctor's offices to health systems, according to a new infographic from CenseoHealth. The new code will affect the medical classification for diseases, signs and symptoms, abnormal findings, injuries and more.

This infographic shows why ICD-10 is a positive change due to strides in modern healthcare such as chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS and gene therapy compared to healthcare 35 years ago.

ICD-10 Conversions

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Infographic: Healthcare Innovations in Oncology

December 26th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

Although worldwide cancer incidence is expected to increase by 2030, oncology breakthroughs and innovations are rapidly advancing as well, according to a new infographic from CBI.

This infographic includes cancer mortality rate statistics, therapy and prevention procedures, education and quality of life, patient access, cancer research progress, effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and more.

Healthcare Innovations in Oncology

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Infographic: Healthcare’s Demand for Nurses

December 25th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

Some 55 percent of nurses ages 50 and older expressed their intention to retire by 2020, according to a new infographic from Brown Mackie College based on a 2010 survey. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 711,900 new job openings by 2020.

This infographic also identifies where nurses are most needed, required nursing skills, popular nursing jobs and more.

Healthcare's Demand for NursesData collected and visualized by Brown Mackie.

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Infographic: Storing Healthcare Data

December 24th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

Healthcare data is growing exponentially and so are the benefits and concerns with data storage. The average hospital has 800,000 total records, and 64,000 to 96,000 are duplicates, according to a new infographic from CDW Healthcare.

This infographic identifies safe data storage tips, as well as recent growth, trends, benefits and concerns of healthcare data.

Storing Healthcare Data

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New! HIN on SlideShare: 2013 Benchmarks in Accountable Care

December 24th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

Sixty-six percent of organizations participate in an ACO, according to a new SlideShare presentation from the Healthcare Intelligence Network. This presentation contains charts and data points that depict highlights from 138 healthcare companies' responses to HIN's third annual accountable care survey.

Busy healthcare executives may not have time to read an entire benchmarks book, but this quick and easy-to-follow SlideShare presentation offers an exclusive glimpse into some of the most important points of accountable care. HIN will share even more vital healthcare data from various topics on SlideShare in the future.

2013 Benchmarks in Accountable Care from Healthcare Intelligence Network

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HINfographic: 7 Patient-Centered Strategies to Generate Value-Based Reimbursement

December 23rd, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

With time and resources at a premium, healthcare organizations are increasingly selective about allocation of human and financial capital. There are, however, a select group of initiatives and strategies worthy of C-suite investment.

Population health management, care coordination and integrated care delivery are among the top patient-centered healthcare strategies in 2014, according to a new infographic from the Healthcare Intelligence Network. This HINfographic also identifies the other top strategies, as well as metrics from existing programs.

7 Patient-Centered Strategies to Generate Value-Based Reimbursement

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Information presented in this infographic was excerpted from: 7 Patient-Centered Strategies to Generate Value-Based Reimbursement. If you would like to learn more about patient-centered strategies for value-based reimbursement, this resource includes even more information, including hospital-SNF care transitions, closing dual eligible care gaps, and lessons learned and results from some of the most recognizable names in healthcare — Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic Health System, Monarch HealthCare, HealthFitness, and WellCare.

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Healthcare Business Week in Review: Infectious Disease Threats, Health Insurance, Bundled Payments

December 23rd, 2013 by Cheryl Miller

From antibiotic-resistant superbugs to salmonella to the seasonal flu, infectious diseases are disrupting lives throughout the country at an alarming rate, and driving up medical costs, and most states are unable to counter them, according to a report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

The problem? Outdated systems and limited resources. In fact, 34 states scored five or lower out of 10 key indicators of policies and capabilities to protect against infectious disease threats.

One solution offered in this comprehensive analysis is to be more vigilant with vaccinations; only one-quarter of states vaccinated at least half of their population against the seasonal flu, which affects 20 percent of Americans each year. Details inside.

Rising medical costs were the primary driver of recent rate increases by health insurers, accounting for three-quarters or more of the larger premium hikes requested between July 2012 and June 2013, a new Commonwealth Fund study finds.

The analysis is the first such report to take a national look at the explanations insurers file with federal and state authorities to justify rate increases of 10 percent or more, as required by the ACA. Currently, insurers are only required to submit rate increase explanations for non-grandfathered plans, or those plans that became available after the enactment of the health reform law.

People whose existing healthcare insurance has been canceled because of the ACA will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Under a "temporary hardship exemption," they will be able to buy a bare-bones catastrophic plan regardless of their age.

Reducing health insurance premiums is one strategy employers are using to incent their employees to self-manage their health. Healthcare companies have grown increasingly creative in their use of economic and benefit-based incentives to drive engagement and participation in health and wellness programs, according to Healthcare Intelligence Network research.

Reducing joint replacement payments – specifically knees, which, at 600,000 annually, are the most commonly performed knee replacement procedure in the United States – is the aim of Florida Blue and Mayo Clinic’s knee replacement bundled payment agreement, first introduced in 2012. They have announced they are extending it, and their overall network agreement to include thousands of Florida Blue’s commercially insured members throughout the state who are now able to access Mayo Clinic as an in-network provider.

And lastly, there is no replacement for a little TLC, in the form of paraprofessionals or nurses visiting the homes of low income pregnant women and their children. Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that these helpers, part of the Nurse-Family Partnership, helped improve the health and development outcomes for the children ages six through nine.