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Volume 11

January 11, 2016

“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
-Henry Ford

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SIM-Related Stories and News Releases

Obesity as a Chronic Disease, Not a Character Flaw
For decades that was the conventional wisdom on obesity treatment. But a deeper understanding of the condition, new medications and individualized medicine have begun to spark change in the way providers approach medical weight loss.
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Closing the Chasm Between Inpatient and Outpatient Physicians
Over the past 10 years, as hospitalist programs have become the standard of care and as primary care clinicians have started practicing outside the hospital, specialists and referring primary doctors have interacted with one another less than they once did.
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SIM Tools and Information 

Analysis: Include Social Determinants in Physician Payment
American Academy of Family Physicians 
Winston Liaw, M.D., M.P.H., medical director for the Graham Center and a co-author of the article, told AAFP News recently that physicians are realizing it is important to identify "where their patients come from." Many initiatives collect data about social risk, but only a handful tie them directly to health outcomes. 

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Improve Patient Engagement with Five Public Health-Inspired Principles
Health Catalyst
As the payment landscape evolves and financial responsibility for outcomes shifts to provider organizations, getting patients to make good choices where it comes to their health is a population health imperative. The fiscal importance of this work is critical. Even the “seemingly simple” step of taking medication is a huge societal challenge, with non-adherence costing $300 billion annually. Furthermore, this is not only hard work, but often frustrating work. As we move away from episodic payment (or bundled payment), we’re not just encouraging patients to take medications and follow discharge instructions, but insisting they exercise, eat better, and smoke less. How many times have you heard a clinician ask, “How can I be responsible for outcomes when I have no way to control what my patient does at home?”
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Devil is in the Details for Determining How to Apply Social Determinants of Health
Modern Healthcare
The 21st Century Cures Act, now law, is best known for funding prominent medical research initiatives and for accelerating the review of drugs and devices at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But for hospitals, particularly safety net facilities caring for our nation's most underserved communities, the law's passage is an equally important victory.
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Learning from Others

Model Programs & Promising Practices
How a 'Learning Health System' Lowered the Cost of Care
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has developed and implemented a so-called “learning health system” that reduced utilization of services, lowered the cost of care and generated quality data to use in future research.
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Making Housing Healthier in Philadelphia and Beyond
Public Health Institute
A recent study by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and St. Christopher’s Hospital found, for example, that child hospitalizations dropped 70 percent within six months when asthma triggers—dampness, tobacco smoke, pests—were removed from patients’ homes.

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Calendar and Events

What's going on?

SIMplify Forum
Addressing Social Determinants of Health
Thursday, January 19th, 2017; 10-11:30am

Care Coordination Workshop

Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Coralville, Iowa, 8am-3:30pm

*Space is limited, and the target audience is clinically focused

Leadership in Aging: Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders Today
Center for Health Care Strategies
Friday, March 3, 2017
Johnston, Iowa; 9am-3pm

Event Update:
The March 2017 SIM Learning Community will be postponed. Be on the lookout for additional information!

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