Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

There's good news this week for healthcare consumers navigating provider quality and performance data. First, several leading physician groups and health insurers have agreed to develop principles to guide how health plans measure doctors’ performance and report this information to consumers. This joint venture should help to reduce the discord between the two industry sectors over data collection and reporting methods. You can read more about this Patient Charter for Physician Performance Measurement, Reporting and Tiering Programs in the HIN blog. Also, we report this week that CMS has added 10 new patient experience-of-care topics to its Hospital Compare Web site, which reports on process of care and outcomes measures.

Another support for healthcare consumerism are the personal health record (PHR) systems offered by hospitals, health plans, providers, employers and others. Take our new e-survey on PHRs and receive a complimentary e-summary of the results. You'll learn how your colleagues are using PHRs to empower consumers to manage their health.

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

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Healthcare Business Weekly Update
Volume X, No. 3
April 7, 2008

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Table of Contents
  1. The Emergence of Health Coaching in the Healthcare Industry
  2. Promising Outcomes: The Impact of Positive Psychology on Health and Wellness Coaching
  3. New Web Site Helps Patients Shop for Hospital Care Based On Quality and Price
  4. Healthcare Report Cards: How Health Plans and Hospitals Use Data To Improve Care and Lower Costs
  5. Healthcare Research Roundup: March 2008
  6. Stimulant Treatment for ADHD Does Not Contribute to Substance Abuse Later in Life
  7. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  8. Seniors Housing Group Issues Report on Paying for Long-Term Care for America’s Elderly
  9. Documentation and Reimbursement for Long-Term Care
  10. Salmonella Outbreak Prompts U.S.-Honduras Investigation
  11. Balancing Privacy with Public Health Surveillance In Public Health Emergencies
  12. What's New at HIN: The Latest Special Reports, White Papers and Podcasts


1. The Emergence of Health Coaching in the Healthcare Industry

Neal H. Mayerson, Ph.D., a founder of Hummingbird Coaching Services, a provider of online coaching, discusses how the health coaching industry can promote wellness and why health coaching may not be considered a healthcare field.

The healthcare industry began talking about wellness many years ago. Of late, the employers who are buying healthcare for employees have arrived at this concept that individuals need to pay attention to wellness — that wellness is not simply the absence of illness. That reflects a level of dissatisfaction with the progress that has been made — with the old approach that focuses on problems or disease states and tries to provide some treatment or secondary or tertiary intervention.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC040708.html



2. Promising Outcomes: The Impact of Positive Psychology on Health and Wellness Coaching

Recent findings in the field of positive psychology link positive emotions and well-being with both health and longevity. This special report explores evidence-based theories and coaching models, research linking physical and mental health, and critical coaching skills and outcomes that help bring about lasting behavior change.

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3. New Web Site Helps Patients Shop for Hospital Care Based On Quality and Price

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted new survey information at the Hospital Compare consumer Web site offering consumers more insight about the hospitals in their communities. In addition to adding the new information from Medicare patients about their hospital stays, CMS is adding information about the number of certain elective hospital procedures provided to those patients and what Medicare pays for those services.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement040708.html



4. Healthcare Report Cards: How Health Plans and Hospitals Use Data To Improve Care and Lower Costs

Healthcare Report Cards: How Health Plans and Hospitals Use Data To Improve Care and Lower Costs contains a detailed look at the industry response to healthcare performance measures. You’ll get suggestions and commentary from hospitals and health plans on, the other performance and comparative measures they’re publishing; and the impact that posting healthcare report cards has had on their organizations.

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Please Forward This Issue

If you haven’t already done so, please forward this issue to one or two of your business associates. Thanks so much.

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5. Healthcare Research Roundup: March 2008

Highlights from the last month's Healthcare Daily Data Bytes include a look at the increase in substance abuse treatment, Baby Boomers being confused about Medicare, older adult falls and the existence of "pre-diabetics" in the U.S. diabetes population.

For all research highlights, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthcare_research_roundup040708. html



6. Stimulant Treatment for ADHD Does Not Contribute to Substance Abuse Later in Life

Treating children as early as age 6 or 7 with stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not likely to increase risk of substance abuse as adults, according to two studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, the studies also showed treatment with stimulants did not prevent substance abuse later in adulthood.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health040708.html



7. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

This 70-page report details diagnosis, non-pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical management in children, adolescents and adults. It includes references and web links/other resources.

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8. Seniors Housing Group Issues Report on Paying for Long-Term Care for America’s Elderly

The National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC) has issued the first comprehensive report on long-term care financing for America’s elderly. The NIC Compendium Project: A Guide to Long-Term Care Projection and Simulation Models will help policymakers and others determine the best combination of public- and private-sector funding that will be needed to pay for the nation’s growing care needs, especially when Baby Boomers reach their 70s and 80s.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care040708.html


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9. Documentation and Reimbursement for Long-Term Care

This report provides a comprehensive overview of long-term care documentation practices. It explains specific Medicare and Medicaid reporting requirements related to the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) and Resident Assessment Protocols (RAPs).

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10. Salmonella Outbreak Prompts U.S.-Honduras Investigation

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working with counterparts in the Honduran government and the Honduran grower and packer Agropecuaria Montelíbano to investigate an outbreak of salmonella litchfield illness in the United States.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation040708.html



11. Balancing Privacy with Public Health Surveillance In Public Health Emergencies

This report can help healthcare professionals respond to public health emergencies. This timely briefing will reduce the uncertainty over sharing patient data with public health authorities in preparing for and addressing emergencies.

For more information, please visit:
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12. What's New at HIN: The Latest Special Reports, White Papers and Podcasts

This week, the Healthcare Intelligence Network launches its Medical Home Monitor Web site, an online compendium of complimentary video, podcasts, white papers and blog posts on the advancement and adoption of the patient-centered medical home model of care, as well as links to additional medical home resources. Be sure to check this site often as we cover the re-framing of care delivery by physicians and payors under this new model and its impact on healthcare access, quality, resource use and cost.

New resources from HIN this month include a new special report on lessons from physician and payor early adopters of the medical home model, as well as a primer on improving hospital discharge planning.

For a complete list of the latest special reports and complimentary white papers and podcasts, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/whatsnewathin040708.html


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