Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

At my health club this week, a recruiting event by a provider of concierge medicine attracted about a hundred individuals of more or less Medicare-eligible age. Besides a comprehensive annual physical, priority access to physicians and appointments and a personalized Web-based wellness plan, the company's annual fee entitles members to a complete PHR on CD-ROM.

This provider's PHR is one of many available in the current consumer-driven healthcare climate. In this week's issue, we highlight a new CMS pilot that encourages Medicare beneficiaries to track their healthcare services via an online PHR. And in last month's HIN e-survey on PHR use, more than 200 health plans, providers and employers told us about their PHR adoption and use. About a third of respondents have introduced PHRs in one format or another, with another third poised to do so in the next 12 months. Not surprisingly, Internet-based PHRs are the favored format. Respondents gave us lots more detail on PHR components, portability and interoperability, as well as the challenges of and benefits from a PHR launch. The e-summary will be available soon. If you'd like a copy, please send an email to editor@hin.com.

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. 9
May 19, 2008

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During Creating a Multi-Channel, Multi-Media Wellness Communication Strategy That Motivates and Engages Employees and Health Plan Members, a 90-minute webinar on May 21, 2008, two industry experts will describe their creative communication strategies that yield results.

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Table of Contents
  1. Financial Issues Dominate Managed Care Leadership Concerns
  2. Executive Report on Physician Organizations
  3. Leading Hospitals, Healthcare Experts Collaborate to Eliminate Preventable Birth Injuries
  4. Building Patient Care Continuity with Prepared Practice Teams
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Papers: "Preparedness and the Force of Law: Plans for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations" and "Disaster Healthcare Core Competencies Review & Crosswalk"
  6. One in Every 12 Adolescents Experienced Major Depression in the Past Year
  7. Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder — Evaluation and Management Guideline
  8. CMS to Test PHRs for Medicare Beneficiaries in South Carolina
  9. Personal Health Records & The New Risks Over Privacy, Security and HIPAA: Addressing the Challenges of Patient-Controlled Health Information
  10. CDC Recommends Shingles Vaccine
  11. Managing the Chronic Pain Patient: Strategies to Improve Quality of Life and Reduce Excessive Healthcare Utilization
  12. Worth Repeating: Corporate America, Health and the C-Suite in the 21st Century
  13. Employee Health Promotion Strategies: Effecting Change through a Culture of Health


1. Financial Issues Dominate Managed Care Leadership Concerns

Financial issues dominate the concerns of managed care executives, according to a survey by the Managed Care Information Center. Fifty-eight percent of those polled cited financial issues as one of the greatest challenges confronting the healthcare industry today. Of the 58 percent, half cited costs as one of the greatest challenges while the other 50 percent said reimbursement issues dominated their thinking.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
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2. Executive Report on Physician Organizations

This newsletter provides monthly news and information on issues concerning quality healthcare, strengthening contractual relationships, improving administrative efficiencies and customer service.

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3. Leading Hospitals, Healthcare Experts Collaborate to Eliminate Preventable Birth Injuries

The Premier healthcare alliance announced a 21-month national collaborative designed to achieve the consistent delivery of evidence-based care with the goal of eliminating preventable birth-related injuries and deaths.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement051908.html



4. Building Patient Care Continuity with Prepared Practice Teams

During this audio conference on CD-ROM, an industry expert described the role of practice teams in their organization's effort to build patient care continuity.

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5. Featured Healthcare Business White Papers: "Preparedness and the Force of Law: Plans for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations" and "Disaster Healthcare Core Competencies Review & Crosswalk"

Preparedness and the Force of Law: Plans for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations is a white paper on the legal implications of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HDPS-21), Sarbanes-Oxley (SAR-OX) and Federal False Claims (FFC) legislation. All critical infrastructure industries identified in the National Response Plan and the National Incident Management System have similar HSPD’s. The correlations made regarding HSPD-21 apply to all critical infrastructure industries.

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Disaster Healthcare Core Competencies Review & Crosswalk is a white paper containing a crosswalk of disaster medicine core competencies based on the American Board of Disaster Medicine core competencies (October 2007) and the AMA core competencies (February 2008). Given that Joint Commission is the de facto Medicare compliance inspector, these are the standards by which Joint Commission must judge.

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6. One in Every 12 Adolescents Experienced Major Depression in the Past Year

About 2.1 million teens aged 12 to 17 experienced a major depressive episode in the past year, according to a new nationwide report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. For almost half of the teens, depression drastically reduced their abilities to deal with aspects of their daily lives, the report said. This report is based on combined data from the 2004 to 2006 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) involving responses from 67,706 people aged 12 to 17 throughout the United States.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health051908.html



7. Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder — Evaluation and Management Guideline

Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder — Evaluation and Management Guideline is 109 pages of clinical guidelines for the evaluation and management of these two common disorders with extensive references and resources.

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8. CMS to Test PHRs for Medicare Beneficiaries in South Carolina

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding its efforts to encourage beneficiaries covered by traditional Medicare to take advantage of Internet-based resources to track their healthcare services and better communicate with their providers.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care051908.html


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9. Personal Health Records & The New Risks Over Privacy, Security and HIPAA: Addressing the Challenges of Patient-Controlled Health Information

Because PHRs foreshadow many aspects of the evolving national electronic health record system, healthcare organizations must think through the consequences of offering and accepting PHRs. This audio seminar was produced to help healthcare organizations face the possible challenges of PHRs.

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10. CDC Recommends Shingles Vaccine

People age 60 and older should be vaccinated against shingles, or herpes zoster, a condition often marked by debilitating chronic pain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended. CDC believes that adults 60 and older should get a single dose of the zoster vaccine, Zostavax, even if they have had a prior episode of shingles.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation051908.html



11. Managing the Chronic Pain Patient: Strategies to Improve Quality of Life and Reduce Excessive Healthcare Utilization

Healthcare costs for each of the estimated 60 million chronic pain sufferers in the United States can range from $500 to more than $30,000 annually, and are expected to increase as more baby boomers reach retirement age. During Managing the Chronic Pain Patient: Strategies to Improve Quality of Life and Reduce Excessive Healthcare Utilization, an upcoming 90-minute webinar on June 11, 2008, two industry experts will describe the key features and outcomes of their organization's chronic pain management programs.

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12. Worth Repeating: Corporate America, Health and the C-Suite in the 21st Century

In this excerpt from a December 4, 2007 audio conference, Gregg Lehman, Ph.D., president and CEO of HealthFitness, shares his vision for a healthy workforce in the 21st century and the importance of the C-suite in this scenario.

To finish reading this transcript excerpt, please visit:
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13. Employee Health Promotion Strategies: Effecting Change through a Culture of Health

In this special report, an industry expert details the process and challenges of creating a corporate culture of health and the payoffs in improved worker health and safety that can result. A second industry expert then chronicles the development of a culture of health at their company and how this attitudinal shift has impacted the health and welfare of the company's shift workers.

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