Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

Promoting health in a manufacturing setting poses unique challenges, but Eastman Chemical Company in Tennessee is crafting a culture of health for its 3,000 shift workers. David Sensibaugh, Eastman Chemical's director of Integrated Health, recently told us that when a health and productivity survey revealed that 28 percent of Eastman employees suffered from migraines or headaches — at a annual cost of over $4 million — it decided to participate in a headache education project. You can read more about Eastman's experience in the HIN blog.

Besides the loss of worker productivity, pain from headaches, migraines and many other conditions can have severe psychological and physiological consequences that contribute to patient discomfort, longer recovery periods and hospital stays and compromised outcomes. Pain also consumes greater healthcare resources. Has your organization implemented a pain management or pain prevention program for your patients, members or work force? Take this month's e-survey on Pain Management in Healthcare and the Workplace by March 31 and receive a complimentary e-copy of the results.

Your colleague in the business of healthcare,
Patricia Donovan
Editor, Healthcare Business Weekly Update

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Healthcare Business Weekly Update
Volume IX, No. 50
March 3, 2008

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Table of Contents
  1. Study Finds Higher Quality Of Care Given By P4P Physicians
  2. 2008 Physician Quality Reporting Guide: Essentials of Data Collection, Work Flow Optimization and Physician Engagement for Practices
  3. State-of-the-art Hospital Opens in Second Life
  4. Physician-Patient Online Communications: Making the Move to e-Visits
  5. Featured Healthcare Podcast: Building an Advanced Medical Home to Improve Chronic Care Outcomes
  6. Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program Targets Behavioral Healthcare Needs of Teens and Children
  7. Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals
  8. The Caregiving Project For Older Americans To Begin Caregiver Training Initiative
  9. Coordinating Care Transitions for the Elderly and Dually Eligible: Fostering Self-Management and Reducing Readmissions
  10. HHS Provides $40 Million in Energy Assistance to Low-Income Families in 11 States
  11. The Medicaid Population: Making a Difference with Disease Management
  12. Healthcare Research Roundup: February 2008


1. Study Finds Higher Quality Of Care Given By P4P Physicians

A new study by researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), found a strong correlation between higher quality of care for patients from physicians participating in the pay-for-performance (P4P) program. The objective of the study titled, "Patient Outcomes and Evidence-Based Medicine in a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Setting: A Six-Year Evaluation of a Physician P4P Program," was to determine whether patients received better care from physicians participating in P4P, compared to those who saw non-participants.

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http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC030308.html



2. 2008 Physician Quality Reporting Guide: Essentials of Data Collection, Work Flow Optimization and Physician Engagement for Practices

This 35-page special report introduces the 2008 CMS Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) changes and offers strategies and templates to optimize physician practice work flow and turn PQRI participation into profit. From the perspectives of the physician, administrator and coder, three thought leaders in the quality and measures reporting arenas describe how to streamline data collection, overcome barriers to staff and physician participation and monetize the measures to increase physician practice revenue streams while enhancing patient care. Includes resources, worksheets and tools to optimize the reporting experience.

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3. State-of-the-art Hospital Opens in Second Life

Cisco® and Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) cut the ribbon on a new hospital in the online virtual world “Second Life.” The virtual hospital, a simulation of a real-world hospital campus due to open in 2011, gives visitors the opportunity to tour the hospital years before its doors actually open.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement030308.html



4. Physician-Patient Online Communications: Making the Move to e-Visits

This audio conference on CD-ROM provides you with the opportunity to learn how healthcare organizations are using e-visits to improve efficiency and control costs.

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5. Featured Healthcare Podcast: Building an Advanced Medical Home to Improve Chronic Care Outcomes

The solid relationships that patients build with ACCESS Plus providers and office staff, many of whom live in the neighborhood, keep them coming back in for care, explains Dr. Lonnie E. Fuller, medical director for the Pennsylvania Medicaid ACCESS Plus Primary Care Case Management and Disease Management (PCCM-DM) medical home program. ACCESS Plus "Road shows" foster dialogue among consumers, providers and community organizations. But from the health plan's perspective, marketing the medical home to the commercial population will be a challenge, says Dawn Bazarko, UnitedHealthcare's senior vice president of clinical innovation, since it will result in a fundamental change to the healthcare service model.

To listen to this podcast in its entirety, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/podcasts/podcast.htm#53



6. Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program Targets Behavioral Healthcare Needs of Teens and Children

Behavioral and mental health disorders have surpassed physical health problems as the leading causes of extremely chronic illness and death in children and teens. But less than 25 percent of the 15 million affected children and youth receive any treatment because of the severe shortage of child psychiatrists and other mental healthcare providers, including child-family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners (CFP/MHNPs), according to the American Psychological Association (APA).

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http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health030308.html



7. Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals

Filled with numerous case examples and checklists, Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals contains a wealth of information on this important area of practice. It provides a comprehensive source for working with a diverse clientele in a variety of settings, discussing both traditional mental health consultation models and the fast-growing field of organizational consulting.

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8. The Caregiving Project For Older Americans To Begin Caregiver Training Initiative

The Caregiving Project for Older Americans is an initiative to improve caregiver training through a $264,000 grant from the UniHealth Foundation. The project includes the Caregiver Training Task Force, a collection of 10 experts in the field to act as advisors to the initiative.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care030308.html


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9. Coordinating Care Transitions for the Elderly and Dually Eligible: Fostering Self-Management and Reducing Readmissions

Throughout this 65-page report, respected thought leaders share their unique approaches to care transition management that positively impact cost and engage the patient in their care decisions.

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10. HHS Provides $40 Million in Energy Assistance to Low-Income Families in 11 States

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt announced the release of $40 million to help eligible low-income families meet home energy costs. The funds, from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) emergency contingency fund, will provide 11 states with heating assistance for the winter months.

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http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation030308.html



11. The Medicaid Population: Making a Difference with Disease Management

In this special report, based on a recent audio conference, expert speakers delve into Medicaid concerns ranging from eligibility and patient engagement to marketing strategies and provider connections as they explain how DM programs can integrate and improve care for those in need.

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12. Healthcare Research Roundup: February 2008

Highlights from the last month's Healthcare Daily Data Bytes include a look at national EHR adoption rates, average waits in emergency departments, the effect of a modified Atkins diet on epileptic seizures and the financial, health and productivity toll of diabetes.

For all research highlights, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthcare_research_roundup030308. html


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