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A staggering 1 billion adults are overweight globally and an estimated 300 million are obese, say researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Visit HIN’s blog to learn how this epidemic is impacting disease states and get an alarming prediction on the number of individuals who will be overweight or obese in the next 20 years.

A number of healthcare organizations are making significant strides in developing programs to address the obesity epidemic. In this week’s issue, you’ll hear how the Cleveland Clinic is helping its employees “watch their weight” and how high-risk Indiana Hoosiers are evaluated for readiness to change. What’s the impact of offering these types of programs? Well worth the effort, according to preliminary results from this month’s HIN’s e-survey. Organizations with programs targeted at reducing obesity in their populations are reporting increased patient satisfaction, improved patient outcomes, increased worker productivity and decreased PMPM costs. To hear more about these successes and the challenges to overcome in developing obesity prevention programs, take the survey and receive a free executive summary once the full survey results are compiled.

Your colleague in the business of healthcare,
Melanie Matthews
Publisher, Healthcare Business Weekly Update

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Healthcare Business Weekly Update
Volume X, No. 20
August 11, 2008

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Table of Contents
  1. Cleveland Clinic Enhances Employee Wellness Efforts with Free Weight Watchers® Services
  2. PBM Contracting and Transparency Issues and Models
  3. Medicare and Medicaid Encourage Patient Safety in Hospitals, Reduce Never Events
  4. Case Studies from Diabetes Medical Home Pilots: Key Processes, Tools, Metrics and Outcomes
  5. Featured Healthcare Blog: High-risk Hoosiers Encouraged to Tell Own Health Story from First Coaching Call
  6. High Numbers of Veterans with Mental Heath Problems Translates into High Costs
  7. Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Disorders Clinical Guidelines
  8. Nursing Home Arbitration Bill Needed to Protect the Most Vulnerable
  9. Medicare Disease Management: Tactics to Improve Health, Education and Independence in an Aging Population
  10. FDA Approves 2008-2009 Flu Vaccines
  11. Pandemic Influenza: Preparedness in the Healthcare Facility
  12. Monthly e-Survey: Obesity Management and Prevention


1. Cleveland Clinic Enhances Employee Wellness Efforts with Free Weight Watchers® Services

The Cleveland Clinic revealed several new enhancements to its employee wellness program. The enhancements provide employees who participate in the clinic’s corporate employee health plan (EHP) access to select Weight Watchers® services at no cost, free memberships to select fitness facilities and free smoking cessation treatment and medication through the hospital’s smoking cessation program.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC081108.html



2. PBM Contracting and Transparency Issues and Models

Get a FREE copy of PBM Contracting and Transparency Issues and Models. This 102-page report examines which contracting strategies have been successful and which have failed or have contributed to confusion among pharmacy benefit clients. It shares real-life experiences that companies including Medco, Express Scripts and Prime Therapeutics have had with rebates and other models. Click here or visit http://www.aishealth.com/Products/freereports_HIN.html to get your report today.



3. Medicare and Medicaid Encourage Patient Safety in Hospitals, Reduce Never Events

CMS is taking actions to improve the quality of care in hospitals and reduce the number of “never events” — preventable medical errors that result in serious consequences for the patient. In addition to the final rule, CMS sent a letter to state Medicaid directors encouraging states to adopt the same non-payment policies outlined in the final Medicare rule. Nearly 20 states already have or are considering methods to eliminate payment for some never events.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement081108.html



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

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

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5. Featured Healthcare Blog Post: High-risk Hoosiers Encouraged to Tell Own Health Story from First Coaching Call

Posted July 23, 2008 -- The “secret sauce” in CARE GUIDE’s survey-based predictive modeling program supported with health coaching began saving the state of Indiana money after only six months by reducing healthcare encounters by the coached individuals. Jim Kenney, M.S., CARE GUIDE’s director of health coaching, and Jim Kerr, the company’s vice president of business development, shared the details of this initiative with population and DM specialists...

To continue reading this blog post, please visit:
http://blog.hin.com/?p=348



6. High Numbers of Veterans with Mental Heath Problems Translates into High Costs

With mental health issues rising in returning soldiers, organizations should install programs specific to war-related mental health conditions to offset possible billions in healthcare and productivity costs, according to a RAND Corporation study entitled "Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences and Services to Assist Recovery."

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health081108.html



7. Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Disorders Clinical Guidelines

Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Disorders Clinical Guidelines is an 83-page report for the evaluation and management of common anxiety disorders and panic disorder. It also includes separate guidelines for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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8. Nursing Home Arbitration Bill Needed to Protect the Most Vulnerable

The House Judiciary Committee recently passed the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act (H.R. 6126). The following is a statement from AARP Vice President of Government Relations Elaine Ryan about this bill:

“Choosing a nursing home is a difficult task for any family, often complicated by a swift and stressful transition from home or a hospital. Applications and complicated paperwork only add to the anxiety..."

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care081108.html


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9. Medicare Disease Management: Tactics to Improve Health, Education and Independence in an Aging Population

This special report highlights challenges and opportunities in working with the Medicare population, strategies to close gaps in care, and steps for sustaining system change and improved outcomes within senior care communities.

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10. FDA Approves 2008-2009 Flu Vaccines

The FDA has approved this year's seasonal influenza vaccines that include new strains of the virus likely to cause flu in the United States during the 2008-2009 season. This season's vaccines contain three strains of the influenza virus that disease experts expect to be the most likely cause of the flu in the United States. Each season's vaccines are modified to reflect the virus strains most likely to be circulating.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation081108.html



11. Pandemic Influenza: Preparedness in the Healthcare Facility

This program focuses on preparedness in the event of an influenza pandemic. It gives an overview of the definition of a pandemic as well as how the influenza virus mutates to become a pandemic virus.

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12. Monthly e-Survey: Obesity Management and Prevention

In 2004, HHS reclassified obesity from a lifestyle behavior to a medical condition. And for the last decade, many healthcare organizations have directed initiatives at the estimated 67 million obese Americans, 75 million overweight citizens, and 10 million overweight children and adolescents. The obesity epidemic triggers upward of $117 billion in healthcare costs annually and is implicated in a host of related health conditions.

To take the survey and receive your free executive summary of the results, please visit:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=hwwurEcAXysf5f906EFwXg_3d_3d


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