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Welcome to New England Inpatient Specialists and Hospitalists Newletter

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Empire BlueCross BlueShield to Launch Innovative Program to Enhance Primary Care by Paying Physicians More for Quality and Cost Improvements

Empire BlueCross BlueShield to Launch Innovative Program to Enhance Primary Care by Paying Physicians More for Quality and Cost Improvements | Inpatient Specialist Newsletter 2.0 | Scoop.it

NEW YORK, Feb 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Empire BlueCross BlueShield today announced plans for an innovative, patient-centered primary care program that will fundamentally change its relationship with primary care physicians by increasing its investment in their practices to incentivize them to support patient health and reduce unnecessary costs.

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Keeping Score under a Global Payment System — NEJM

Keeping Score under a Global Payment System — NEJM | Inpatient Specialist Newsletter 2.0 | Scoop.it
It is widely acknowledged that continued growth in health care spending is threatening the viability of the U.S. health care system. Although there are no clear comprehensive solutions to this problem, most observers see payment reform as the next best hope for reining in out-of-control costs. Our current fee-for-service payment system provides incentives to physicians to increase the delivery of services, which results in excessive utilization. Moreover, neither individual physicians nor the patients receiving the services bear the brunt of these utilization decisions. Rather, they're reflected in ever-rising health insurance premiums or tax-financed government expenditures shared by all. Many observers are therefore calling for fundamental redesign of the ways in which physicians and hospitals are compensated for the care they provide. Most options call for bundling payments to physicians; specific approaches range from prospective payments for discrete episodes of care (e.g., coronary-artery bypass surgery) to global payment or risk-based models of care.
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Telematics Update: Progressive Insurance’s Snapshot Ushers in a New Era in Automobile Insurance Pricing | Networking Exchange Blog

Telematics Update: Progressive Insurance’s Snapshot Ushers in a New Era in Automobile Insurance Pricing | Networking Exchange Blog | Inpatient Specialist Newsletter 2.0 | Scoop.it
In March, Progressive Insurance, as part of its “Pay As You Drive” program, offered drivers the chance to lower their premiums based on real-time analysis of their driving habits. Drivers plug a device, the “Snapshot,” into the car’s onboard diagnostic port, or OBD-II, typically found near the steering wheel. [The OBD-II is a standardized digital communications port which was made mandatory in 1996 for all cars sold in the United States.] Using telematics and mobile technology, as they drive, information is shared wirelessly, via AT&T’s network, with Progressive. The Snapshot isn’t outfitted with GPS, so it can’t record where the car is or how fast it’s driven. What Progressive does record are the number of miles driven, time of day driven, as well as how often drivers make sudden stops. Not having GPS goes a long way towards alleviating privacy concerns.
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From The Desk of Sawad Thotathil

Last week we had the opportunity to meet up with CFOs, CEOs and physician leaders from across the United States. The conference was held in sunny Palm Springs but the mood and the body language of the audience reflected the confusion that is prevalent in the healthcare industry.

 

The unstoppable growth curve in US healthcare spending together with the slow economy is turning out to be a difficult mix to handle and there was a general consensus that healthcare organizations would need to plan for about 20% dip in incomes over the 3 to 5 year term. This reality together with the greater emphasis by payers on better care through bundled payment strategies have made clear that ‘business as usual’ cannot be sustained. There is a sense of urgency for innovation toward more efficient care models and there seemed to be no doubt that the first step in achieving long term sustainability is alignment of healthcare organizations and the physicians that work in them.

 

Risk sharing was a recurrent theme among many speakers signifying that providers will no longer be able to maintain immunity for their practice patterns from the bottom-line of the organizations they work in. Regardless of the nature of physician-hospital relationships as employees or as independent contractors, new compensation models are emerging.

 

Many organizations have now restructured compensation contracts to include patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes and other alignment characteristics such as participation in hospital quality initiatives. The impact of these changes on the hospitalist model of care are likely to be in the evolution of a more accountable partnership between hospitalist groups and hospitals that reinforce the demand for more cost effective and higher quality care from both the individual physician and the groups as a whole."

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Sawad Thotathil MBBS MCE MHM
VP, Performance Improvement and Patient Safety
New England Inpatient Specialists

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Mobile Health Apps Market Poised For Takeoff - Healthcare - Mobile & Wireless - Informationweek

Mobile Health Apps Market Poised For Takeoff - Healthcare - Mobile & Wireless - Informationweek | Inpatient Specialist Newsletter 2.0 | Scoop.it
Report says mobile health applications will continue to grow as physicians, patients, and health plans use technology to address changes in healthcare delivery.
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Games 'help cystic fibrosis kids'

Games 'help cystic fibrosis kids' | Inpatient Specialist Newsletter 2.0 | Scoop.it
Computer games could be used to help children with cystic fibrosis, according to doctors in the US.
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Healthcare technology stocks poised for modest growth | Healthcare IT News

Healthcare technology stocks poised for modest growth | Healthcare IT News | Inpatient Specialist Newsletter 2.0 | Scoop.it

NASHVILLE, TN – Healthcare technology stocks don’t have the obvious roadblocks facing many other healthcare sectors in 2012, according to industry analysts who spoke to an audience of 600 at the Nashville Health Care Council on Feb. 1.

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