Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

Our wallets got a reprieve last week as gas prices dipped slightly, but the cost of energy is still of paramount concern. In this week's issue we highlight an energy-focused initiative from the U.S. Department of Energy that provides hospitals with tools and resources to maximize energy performance. We recently concluded an e-survey on the impact of energy costs on healthcare, and the responses yielded more than 25 key energy-saving strategies. To reserve a complimentary copy of these survey results now, including the number one energy conservation strategy employed by 70 percent of responding healthcare organizations, email me at pdonovan@hin.com. I'll email you a survey e-summary once the responses have been tabulated, and stay tuned to this space to learn who will be awarded the $50 gas card for the most innovative energy conservation strategy.

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. 19
August 4, 2008

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Table of Contents
  1. How Health Coaches Can Engage Members in Medical Homes
  2. The Medical Home: Pathway to Patient-Centric Primary Care
  3. New Worry for Hospitals: Explosive Growth in Medical Tourism, Retail Clinics
  4. Retail Clinics 1.0: Selling the Care Model to Payors and Providers
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Fixing What Hurts: What's Working in Pain Management
  6. NY Leads Nation with Tobacco-free Initiative
  7. A Guide for Smoking Cessation
  8. The Challenge of Managing Senior Care
  9. Coordinating Care Transitions for the Elderly and Dually Eligible: Fostering Self-Management and Reducing Readmissions
  10. DOE Launches EnergySmart Hospitals Initiative
  11. Measuring Health Care: Using Quality Data for Operational, Financial, and Clinical Improvement
  12. What's New at HIN: The Latest Special Reports, White Papers and Podcasts


1. How Health Coaches Can Engage Members in Medical Homes

Anne Hernandez, director of operations of APS Healthcare, explains why many Medicaid members do not utilize medical homes and how health coaches can overcome this resistance.

Why donít members, particularly Medicaid members, utilize medical homes? Firstly, they are not assigned to a PCP. The definition of a medical home is not just a PCP, but rather, someone they can have a relationship with. Secondly, a member may not use a medical home because they may be automatically assigned to a PCP. Therefore, the member may feel rushed in their visits.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
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2. The Medical Home: Pathway to Patient-Centric Primary Care

This special report addresses the value and challenges of medical homes from the viewpoints of organizations already trying to establish medical homes for their populations. Covered in this report are funding and implementation hurdles, successful methods for identifying members and redesigning office practices to move toward an advanced medical home model.

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3. New Worry for Hospitals: Explosive Growth in Medical Tourism, Retail Clinics

More than 750,000 Americans left the country last year for less expensive medical treatments, a number projected to grow to 6 million by 2010, potentially costing the U.S. healthcare system billions. The number of retail clinics in operation has also soared by 220 percent from just 250 clinics in 2006 to more than 800 serving patients by the end of 2007. Both trends suggest that these new innovations are challenging the status quo of the traditional U.S. healthcare system as consumers seek better care, and greater access at lower costs, according to the results of a series of research released by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement080408.html



4. Retail Clinics 1.0: Selling the Care Model to Payors and Providers

This special report offers advice from the retail clinic trenches, where many health plans already reimburse for services dispensed at retail clinics and providers are partnering with or launching their own retail or "convenience" clinics.

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

Chronic pain can affect an individualís life in more than one way. For instance, pain can wound a patientís 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:
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6. NY Leads Nation with Tobacco-free Initiative

New York State recently became the first in the nation to enact tobacco-free regulations at all prevention and treatment programs, a groundbreaking wellness initiative in the addiction services system enacted on the anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act. The regulation is from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), which oversees one of the nation's largest addiction services systems, with more than 1,550 prevention and treatment programs.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health080408.html



7. A Guide for Smoking Cessation

This guide contains valuable information about the most powerful strategies that smokers can use to learn more about smoking and how to quit, whether or not they're ready.

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8. The Challenge of Managing Senior Care

Gregg Lehman, Ph.D., president and CEO of HealthFitness Corporation and former president and CEO of INSPIRIS, Inc., discusses the challenges of senior care and the strategies that can be implemented to overcome these challenges.

The 65-plus population is definitely vulnerable during care transitions. It is important to note the sheer volume of these patients hitting the healthcare system. There are increased cost pressures from health plans due to increased utilization of ER services and hospitalization. Itís important to divert these patients from actually needing to go into an acute care setting. If they do get admitted because of an acute situation, the key is managing it in a seamless way.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care080408.html


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Medical Home Monitor tracks the construction of medical homes around the country and their impact on healthcare access, quality, utilization and cost. As providers and payors reframe care delivery, this monthly e-newsletter will cover the pilots, practice transformations, tools and technology that will guide healthcare organizations toward clinical excellence.

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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. DOE Launches EnergySmart Hospitals Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the EnergySmart Hospitals initiative during the ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition in National Harbor, Maryland. According to the DOE, hospitals are facing increasing burdens in their quest to provide optimal quality patient care as a result of decreasing revenues and increasing costs.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation080408.html



11. Measuring Health Care: Using Quality Data for Operational, Financial, and Clinical Improvement

Measuring Health Care: Using Quality Data for Operational, Financial, and Clinical Improvement explains the various performance measurement methods used in healthcare and shows their practical impact on clinical patient outcomes.

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

In this month's new offerings from HIN, you will discover a new special report that presents an argument for incorporating health coaching into primary care. A second new report details how physician practices, health plans and quality organizations are using patient registries to improve care coordination and compliance with preventive care, along with their responses to the ever-expanding external demands for data and their preparation for the eventual transformation to a medical home. Another new HIN product provides aid in identifying and connecting with the numerous medical home pilots and projects being developed across the United States. A new white paper details how healthcare providers are using patient registries when treating patients with chronic diseases. There are many new podcasts available as well, including discussions on the use of avatars to connect with suicide survivors, how HRAs are evolving and their impact on data and results, and how two organizations are serving the needs of behavioral health patients in the ER.

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