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Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

My family collectively rolls their eyes whenever they hear me say "Let's not recreate the wheel." But practically speaking, partnering with another group already in a similar healthcare space makes a lot of sense, especially with resources stretched to the limit. This week, we talk about several beneficial partnerships -- health coach and client, disease management organization and community group, the federal government and small town. Two federal programs in particular will give some communities the financial legs to foster a drug-free environment and other the resources to create one-stop shopping for long-term care advice. Who knows? Maybe these grants will create a future partner for your organization.

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

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Healthcare Business Weekly Update
Volume VIX, No. 27
August 27, 2007

Sponsored by: Ensuring the Benefits of Public Reporting and Pay-for-Performance Programs Outweigh the Unintended Consequences

Ensuring the Benefits of Public Reporting and Pay-for-Performance Programs Outweigh the Unintended Consequences, a 45-minute live roundtable audio conference at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on September 6, 2007, will examine some of the unintended consequences from pay-for-performance programs and how healthcare organizations can circumvent these problems. Industry expert Dr. Dale Bratzler, QIOSC medical director, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality Inc., will provide a brief overview of the potential unintended consequences of public reporting that could lead to patient harm in both direct and indirect ways. For more information, please visit http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3729


Table of Contents
  1. The Partnership Paradigm in Disease Management: Benefits of Collaborating with Community Organizations
  2. Profitable Partnerships in Disease Management: Community Collaborations that Enhance Care Access and Outcomes
  3. Trauma Complications Increase as Residents' Work Hours Decrease
  4. Healthcare Performance Improvement: Plans, Procedures & Policies
  5. Worth Repeating: Health Coaching is Workout for Clientís Brain
  6. ONDCP Awards Grants to Fight Drug Use, Mentor Youth at Community Level
  7. Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals
  8. HHS Helps Individuals Make Informed Decisions about Long-term Care
  9. Value-Driven Healthcare in Action: A Four-Pronged Approach to Meet Consumer Transparency, Quality and Access Demands
  10. Private Health Plan First to Embrace Medical Home Model, Reward Physicians for Patient-centered Care
  11. The Medical Home: Pathway to Patient-Centric Primary Care
  12. What's New at HIN: The Latest Special Reports, White Papers and Podcasts


1. The Partnership Paradigm in Disease Management: Benefits of Collaborating with Community Organizations

The population explosion with older adults is dominating the time that needs to be spent helping individual patients to understand their diseases and manage their conditions. Along with their physicians, they are very frustrated because they cannot manage their disease, they cannot obtain their medications, they may not be able to get transportation and they may not even know their financial status. Medical and social needs are frequently entwined. In the past few years, there has been increased attention on how we can develop partnerships, but not just any partnership. Itís really an innovative, different, think-out-of-the-box partnership.

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2. Profitable Partnerships in Disease Management: Community Collaborations that Enhance Care Access and Outcomes

Profitable Partnerships in Disease Management: Community Collaborations that Enhance Care Access and Outcomes offers tips for structuring partnerships and maximizing the benefits, overcoming the challenges community partnerships can present and evaluating the impact these collaborations can have on program effectiveness. This 35-page special report features case studies from two healthcare organizations that successfully collaborate with community resources to create more robust DM offerings, particularly for their Medicaid and Medicare members and patients.

For more information:
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3. Trauma Complications Increase as Residents' Work Hours Decrease

As a result of a decrease in residentsí work hours, a new study reports a statistically significant increase in the rate of surgical complications. When the work week for surgical residents was reduced to 80 hours, trauma patients were 29 percent more likely to experience complications. The complication rate has increased from 5.64 percent before residentsí work hours were limited, to 7.29 percent after work hour limits were imposed. However, mortality did not increase as a result of the cutbacks.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement082707.html



4. Healthcare Performance Improvement: Plans, Procedures & Policies

Healthcare Performance Improvement: Plans, Procedures & Policies includes 141 pages of strategies, example programs, forms, tools, and resources needed for an effective performance improvement program in a medical group, hospital or health plan.

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5. Worth Repeating: Health Coaching is Workout for Clientís Brain

The following is an excerpt from the transcript of a July 18, 2007 audio conference, Teaching Health Coaches to Integrate Positive Psychology with Physical Health to Improve Disease Management Outcomes:

Margaret Moore, CEO, Wellcoaches: "Recent work coming out of the depression field suggests that the process of coaching is building connections and pathways in the brain. This is extrapolating from research in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT). Recent research has compared CBT and antidepressants and the effect these interventions have on Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans of the brain where brain activity can be observed. The results of the research show that CBT and antidepressants are not the same, and they donít do the same things."

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6. ONDCP Awards Grants to Fight Drug Use, Mentor Youth at Community Level

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) awarded approximately $74 million in Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants to 736 communities across the country, including $8.9 million awarded to 90 new local anti-drug coalitions nationwide. In addition, an extra $62.9 million will be awarded to 646 existing community coalition projects that now serve communities in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The newest grantees were chosen from 321 applicants through a competitive peer review process.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health082707.html



7. Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals

Filled with numerous case examples and checklists, Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals contains a wealth of information on this important area of practice. It provides a comprehensive source for working with a diverse clientele in a variety of settings, discussing both traditional mental health consultation models and the fast-growing field of organizational consulting.

For more information, please visit:
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8. HHS Helps Individuals Make Informed Decisions about Long-term Care

Twelve states have been given more than $2 million to expand efforts to establish single entry points for individuals and families to access long-term care services by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The $2 million comes from the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) grants, part of the Bush administrationís New Freedom Initiative to bring transparency to healthcare and long-term care so that consumers can make informed decisions about their care options.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care082707.html


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9. Value-Driven Healthcare in Action: A Four-Pronged Approach to Meet Consumer Transparency, Quality and Access Demands

Value-Driven Healthcare in Action: A Four-Pronged Approach to Meet Consumer Transparency, Quality and Access Demands, a May 30, 2007 audio conference on CD-ROM, examined the increasing use and implementation of the four cornerstones of value-driven healthcare: health information technology, public reporting of provider quality information, public reporting of cost information, and incentives for value comparison.

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10. Private Health Plan First to Embrace Medical Home Model, Reward Physicians for Patient-centered Care

A pilot program to accelerate the implementation of the patient-centered medical home was launched by the UnitedHealth Group, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP). UnitedHealth Group, with the support of the professional societies, said it will provide enhanced payments to reward primary care doctors whose care is based on this model, and who demonstrate measurable improvements in the overall health of their patients.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation082707.html



11. The Medical Home: Pathway to Patient-Centric Primary Care

"The Medical Home: Pathway to Patient-Centric Primary Care," 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 40-page special report are funding and implementation hurdles, successful methods for identifying members and redesigning office practices to move toward an advanced medical home model.

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

As this week's news sinks in that Medicare will soon cease to reimburse hospitals for preventable errors, injuries and infections, comments from Dr. Dale Bratzler about the unintended consequences of pay for performance resonate. In this new audio interview, he calls for more quality measures that focus on care during a patient's stay, rather than just at the start and end. Prepared practice teams, an award-winning model from HealthPartners just might fit the bill, as Beth Waterman tells HIN in another new podcast. Also, there's a new report to help you sell healthcare to 20- and 30-somethings, and a resource with templates for developing community partnerships to improve disease management efforts.

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