Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

Improved access tops the healthcare wish lists of American women, according to a new Harris Poll survey commissioned by the AAFP. These women also want same-day appointments and a single physician to provide care, manage all medical conditions and be the keeper of medical records for all family members. About half of the 1,270 U.S. women surveyed would also like their physicians to offer e-mail, e-prescription and e-scheduling services.

For more on what U.S. women want from healthcare (including the women of HIN) and to watch a video of humorist Dave Barry's hopes for healthcare, visit the HIN blog. Barry was the keynote speaker at an industry conference I attended last week, and if laughter is the best medicine, we were certainly a very healthy bunch by the time he finished talking.

To share your views on the state of primary care in 2008, please take our new monthly e-survey.

Respond by June 30 and you'll receive a free e-summary of the survey results.

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. 11
June 9, 2008

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

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

For more information, please visit http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3792


Table of Contents
  1. Care Coordination and Accountability in the Diabetes Medical Home
  2. Case Studies from Diabetes Medical Home Pilots: Key Processes, Tools, Metrics and Outcomes
  3. Progress Made on 2015 Medication Safety Initiative
  4. Specialty Pharmacy: Stakeholders, Strategies and Markets 2007 (Third Edition)
  5. Featured White Paper: Fixing What Hurts: What's Working in Pain Management
  6. Dramatic Nationwide Drop in Tobacco Sales to Minors Over Past 11 Years
  7. Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice, 3rd Edition
  8. “Overconfidence Effect” Keeps Baby Boomers in Denial about Long-Term Care Costs
  9. NOT ur parents' healthcare anymore: The 411 on selling health via new media
  10. CMS Proposes Bans on Pharma Door-to-Door Marketing, Cold Calls in Medicare Program
  11. Medicare Part D: A Comprehensive Analysis of CMS Rules
  12. What's New at HIN: The Latest Special Reports, White Papers and Podcasts


1. Care Coordination and Accountability in the Diabetes Medical Home

Dr. James E. Barr, medical director for Partners in Care, describes the core aspects of his diabetes medical home pilot:

In an ideal world, every practice that you work with could become a fully certified diabetic medical home. This is where Partners in Care is in New Jersey, working with their offices now. The majority of these offices could not apply to the NCQA today to obtain certification. They would not have the minimum must-pass elements in place. When Partners in Care engages a physician practice, they bring them a list of diabetics from the state health benefit plan that Partners in Care is working with on a diabetes pilot.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC060908.html



2. Case Studies from Diabetes Medical Home Pilots: Key Processes, Tools, Metrics and Outcomes

This special report offers a detailed look at two physician-health plan partnerships in diabetes disease management — a care coordination pilot for New Jersey state employees with diabetes and a hands-on case manager-driven initiative for Medicaid beneficiaries with diabetes in North Carolina.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3813



3. Progress Made on 2015 Medication Safety Initiative

Significant progress has been made toward achieving the medication-safety and medication-use technology goals of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Health-System Pharmacy 2015 Initiative. ASHP developed the health-system pharmacy 2015 initiative as a means of advancing the practice of pharmacy in hospitals and health systems. The initiative is based on a member-developed vision statement (ASHP Vision for Pharmacy Practice) that conceptualizes how pharmacy practice in hospitals and other components of health systems should look in the future.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement060908.html



4. Specialty Pharmacy: Stakeholders, Strategies and Markets

Specialty Pharmacy: Stakeholders, Strategies and Markets is a valuable one-of-a-kind book full of hard data and statistics on the vendors serving the market, the products involved and the strategies employed by payers for managing and delivering these products to its members.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3057



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.

To subscribe, please visit:
http://www.hin.com



5. Featured White Paper: Fixing What Hurts: What's Working in Pain Management

Chronic pain can affect an individual’s life in more than one way. For instance, pain can wound a patient’s wallet at a cost of $500 to $30,000 annually. Pain can also create roadblocks in day-to-day life: many chronic pain patients lose an average of 4.6 hours per week, which costs employers $61.2 billion annually. To relieve the physical and fiscal suffering associated with pain, many healthcare organizations have implemented pain management programs. To discover how these programs work and who is using them, the Healthcare Intelligence Network conducted a non-scientific online survey in April 2008. In response, 186 organizations, including hospitals, nursing homes and health plans, shared their experiences with pain management programs.

To download this complimentary white paper, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/library/registerwwpm.html



6. Dramatic Nationwide Drop in Tobacco Sales to Minors Over Past 11 Years

Illegal sales of tobacco products to underage youth have reached an all-time low under the Synar Amendment program, a federal-state partnership program aimed at ending illegal tobacco sales to minors, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced. The national average of illegal tobacco sales to minors has dropped since the program’s inception from 40.1 percent in fiscal year 1997 to 10.5 percent in fiscal year 2007, the report said.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health060908.html



7. Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice, 3rd Edition

This report provides a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of health behavior theories relevant to health education and includes the most current information on developments in theory, research, and practice.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3290



8. “Overconfidence Effect” Keeps Baby Boomers in Denial about Long-Term Care Costs

Even as they put their financial plans into place, most baby boomers are ignoring the potentially devastating expenses associated with long-term care, according to a new Lincoln Retirement(SM) Institute (LRI) survey. The so-called "Overconfidence Effect" keeps the baby boomer generation from acknowledging the emotional and financial tolls long-term care challenges can bring.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care060908.html


There are other free email newsletters available from HIN!

Healthcare Daily Data Bytes put at your fingertips each day a "Data Byte" from the healthcare industry — facts, figures, statistics and percentages on healthcare spending, costs, utilization and performance. You can also register for free access to Healthcare Daily Data Byte archives.

HealthSounds Podcasts delivers a free weekly audio interview with a healthcare innovator to your e-mailbox. Listen to thought leaders answer key questions about the most pressing issues and trends in healthcare — impact of retail clinics, implications of Web 2.0 for healthcare, medical home models and much more.

To sign up for our free email newsletters, please visit
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9. NOT ur parents' healthcare anymore: The 411 on selling health via new media

This special report provides detailed experiences of three healthcare marketers on their novel marketing and product development tactics of traditional healthcare and health insurance products that are grabbing the attention of Generation X and Generation Y.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3722



10. CMS Proposes Bans on Pharma Door-to-Door Marketing, Cold Calls in Medicare Program

CMS has proposed a regulation that would further clamp down on Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare prescription drug plans marketing practices. The proposed regulation is a continuation of CMS’ efforts to enhance compliance and oversight of the MA program over the past 10 months, CMS said.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation060908.html



11. Medicare Part D: A Comprehensive Analysis of CMS Rules

The complexity and confusion surrounding Medicare's drug benefit has never been greater. Medicare Part D: A Comprehensive Analysis of CMS Rules distills from thousands of pages of government regulations and guidance the major rules, guidelines and deadlines you need to comprehend this confusing program.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3800



12. What's New at HIN: The Latest Special Reports, White Papers and Podcasts

In this month's new offerings from HIN, you can read about and listen to the latest developments in health coaching, pain management, the medical home and PHRs. There are a myriad of new complimentary downloadable white papers on these topics and others, plus a just-completed special report that provides outcomes and results from pilots in the diabetes medical home. Also — audio interviews with industry thought leaders on physician collaborations in health coaching, creating a multi-channel, multi-media wellness communication strategies and much, much more. You can also find out how to subscribe to HealthCoach Huddle, a new complimentary e-newsletter on health coaching.

To view a complete list of new HIN products, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/whatsnewathin060908.html


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