Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

I just spent a few days in London. Watching the local newscasts reminded me that while U.S. and British healthcare systems differ dramatically, the daily issues they face are strikingly similar. The placement of doctors in "high street" stores to improve access to healthcare, providers who miss evidence of behavioral health problems in patients, overcrowded emergency rooms -- familar refrains. Over lunch, two British physician friends shared the challenges of being held to quality measures in their practices.

One news story we don't hear "across the pond" is the one about the number of individuals waiting to be admitted "to hospital" in the U.K. -- down to 660,000 this year from over a million people in 2006. That constitutes good news in England, I guess. All food for thought as we consider the various proposals by 2008 presidential candidates for improving the U.S. healthcare system.

As we look ahead to 2008, it's also a good time to reflect on what worked -- and what didn't -- in 2007. Take the online survey on Healthcare Trends in 2008 at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=ALY_2ftasANsOG0oXAOkhpMQ_3d_3d by October 31 and receive a free e-summary of the results.

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. 31
October 1, 2007

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Table of Contents
  1. Seventh Inning Stretch: Pausing to Reflect Upon Health Coaching
  2. Promising Outcomes: The Impact of Positive Psychology on Health and Wellness Coaching, October 2007
  3. Johns Hopkins Commended for Equal Employment Practices
  4. Human Resources Documentation Instruments for Excellence
  5. Worth Repeating: One Size Fits One in Health Coaching
  6. SAMHSA Helps States Enhance Mental Health Data Recording and Reporting Systems
  7. Tracking Mental Health Outcomes: A Therapist's Guide to Measuring Client Progress, Analyzing Data, and Improving Your Practice
  8. HHS Grants to Fund Nursing Home Alternatives for High-Risk Individuals
  9. Managing Transitions to Care for the Frail Elderly
  10. Nasal Influenza Vaccine Approved for Younger Children
  11. Pandemic Influenza: Preparedness in the Healthcare Facility
  12. What's New at HIN: The Latest Special Reports, White Papers and Podcasts


1. Seventh Inning Stretch: Pausing to Reflect on Health Coaching

Dr. Neal Mayerson, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and instrumental in launching the field of positive psychology, cautions that it may be premature to label health coaching as a field. “[Health coaching] is an emerging area of practice. It’s not a professionalized field. It has no standards of training, no professional regulations or certifications or all the things you look for in a professional field. It’s a practice area that has emerged as a result of the old things not working.”

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC100107.html



2. Promising Outcomes: The Impact of Positive Psychology on Health and Wellness Coaching, October 2007

Does happiness equal good health? There's no clinical evidence, but recent findings in the field of positive psychology link positive emotions and well-being with both health and longevity. The relatively new domain of coaching psychology is exploring the effects of targeting both the client's mental state and physical condition during the coaching encounter.

For more information:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3740



3. Johns Hopkins Commended for Equal Employment Practices

The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation (JHHS) was selected by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for its annual “Freedom to Compete Award” award, which is given to organizations that implement fair and equal employment practices.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement100107.html



4. Human Resources Documentation Instruments for Excellence

The Human Resources Documentation Instruments for Excellence manual contains more than 100 pages and provides the documentation instruments necessary to meet the most challenging Human Resource JCAHO standards and maintain consistent HR programs thriving throughout the entire organization.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=2964



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If you haven’t already done so, please forward this issue to one or two of your business associates. Thanks so much.

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5. Worth Repeating: One Size Fits One in Health Coaching

Allyson Faist, president and CEO of MEDeCoach, reviewed consumer developments that are impacting the collection of health risk data and the health coaching sessions that may result from a health risk assessment (HRA) during a September 26, 2007 audio conference, Health Risk Assessments and Health Coaching: How the Web and Consumer's Expectations Are Changing the Landscape:

Health Coaching is really all about supporting an individual in their change. One size fits one in Health Coaching. In other words, we need to be collaborative because that’s when we’re going to get our best response from the individual and support them. I go back to the analogy that if you have children, do you tell them what sport to play? Or do they choose what they want to do and then you support them? That seems to work for us.

Get the full transcript of this interview at:
http://www.hin.com/sw/worth_repeating100107.html



6. SAMHSA Helps States Enhance Mental Health Data Recording and Reporting Systems

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding states 55 grants totaling nearly $21 million in an effort to enhance their capacity to record and report on the performance of mental health services.

A Uniform Reporting System (URS) will be used to ensure program consistency and thoroughness among state grantees.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health100107.html



7. Tracking Mental Health Outcomes: A Therapist's Guide to Measuring Client Progress, Analyzing Data, and Improving Your Practice

A complete, step-by-step guide to tracking and documenting treatment outcomes Outcomes assessment has become an increasingly critical component of contemporary mental health practice, yet most therapists receive little or no training in accepted outcomes assessment and documentation methods. Tracking Mental Health Outcomes fills this gap, providing step-by-step guidance on choosing the best outcomes-tracking methods and instruments for your practice.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3624



8. HHS Grants to Fund Nursing Home Alternatives for High-Risk Individuals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is investing $8.8 million to help states provide more affordable choices to individuals struggling to remain in their homes and communities as they age.

The Nursing Home Diversion Modernization Grants Program will help states use funds more flexibly so that more support options will be available to individuals who are at high risk of nursing home placement.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care100107.html


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9. Managing Transitions to Care for the Frail Elderly

During Managing Transitions to Care for the Frail Elderly, a 90-minute audio conference on CD-ROM, industry experts John Charde, vice president of strategic development, Enhanced Care Initiatives Inc. and Laurie Russell, senior director of health solutions, XLHealth, described how their organizations service the healthcare needs of the medically complex frail elderly.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3668



10. Nasal Influenza Vaccine Approved for Younger Children

Nasal influenza vaccine FluMist received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to include children between the ages of 2 and 5. Previously, the drug was only approved for healthy children 5 years of age and older and for adults up to the age of 49.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation100107.html



11. Pandemic Influenza: Preparedness in the Healthcare Facility

This program focuses on preparedness in the event of an influenza pandemic and gives an overview of the definition of a pandemic as well as how the influenza virus mutates to become a pandemic virus. This program is appropriate for staff in all departments, although the emphasis is on the clinical caregiver. These educational handout booklets are easy to understand and enhanced by attractive illustrations. These booklets are sold in packs of 25 with 1 competency assessment answer key included.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3662



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

Find out how your colleagues in healthcare reduce reliance on emergency departments for non-emergent use and overcome resistance to pay-for-performance initiatives by downloading two separate complimentary white papers from the Healthcare Intelligence Network. Also, a new report demonstrates what can happen when a health coach injects a dose of positive psychology into the coaching encounter.

For a list of the latest white papers, reports and podcasts from the Healthcare Intelligence Network, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/whatsnewathin100107.html


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