Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

Children are our nation's most precious resource, so it's natural that we want to protect them and keep them healthy. In this week's news, a federal-state partnership is doing just that by bringing to an all-time low illegal sales of tobacco to minors. Closer to home, New Jersey (our bricks-and-mortar location) is taking President Bush to task—and to court— for what it terms the "kicking out" of 10,000 children from the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Six other states are also posing legal challenges to this decision, and we'll be watching developments in this area.

How will this directive affect your organization, and how will it impact the healthcare industry in general? Post your comments to the HIN blog

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

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Healthcare Business Weekly Update
Volume IX, No. 33
October 15, 2007

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During Best Practices in Hospital Discharge to Reduce Preventable Readmissions, a 90-minute webinar on October 23, 2007, two industry experts will describe how their organizations have fine-tuned their hospital discharge processes and the impact these steps have had on patient outcomes and satisfaction and readmission rates.

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Table of Contents
  1. Patients Eager To E-Mail Their Doctors
  2. The Doctor Is Online: Moving Toward Physician-Patient e-Visits
  3. WSSU to Offer New Masterís Degree in Healthcare Administration
  4. Handbook for the New Health Care Manager, Second Edition
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Pay for Performance in 2007: Promising Model Faces Challenges
  6. Federal/State Partnership Achieves Dramatic Nationwide Drop in Tobacco Sales to Minors
  7. A Guide for Smoking Cessation
  8. How To Best Use Your Hospice Web Site
  9. Using Web Technologies in Consumer-Driven Healthcare for Transparency, Decision Support and Health Promotion
  10. New Jersey Among Seven States to Legally Challenge Bush Administration over SCHIP
  11. NOT ur parents' healthcare anymore: The 411 on selling health via new media
  12. Worth Repeating: Prepared Practice Teams Foundation of HealthPartners Care Model Process
  13. Building Patient Care Continuity with Prepared Practice Teams


1. Patients Eager To E-Mail Their Doctors

Patients want to e-mail their physicians, according to a study by Kaiser Permanente on how secure e-mail changes the way patients choose to access medical care. The study, "Patient Access to Electronic Health Record with Secure Messaging: Impact on Primary Care Utilization" examines the use of secure e-mail between Kaiser Permanente members and physicians.

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2. The Doctor Is Online: Moving Toward Physician-Patient e-Visits

Citing their ease of use, efficiency and psychological value, some healthcare payors now reimburse for physician-patient e-visits for non-urgent health issues. In early trials, both patients and providers are eagerly embracing this e-health practice. The Doctor Is Online: Moving Toward Physician-Patient e-Visits, a special report produced by the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN), clarifies the technology supporting e-visits and the steps necessary to implement an effective e-visit program.

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3. WSSU to Offer New Masterís Degree in Healthcare Administration

Beginning with the 2008 fall semester, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) in North Carolina will offer a new Masterís program for a degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA). The University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors approved the establishment of the program. It will be offered through the WSSU School of Business and Economics.

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4. Handbook for the New Health Care Manager, Second Edition

Written as a hands-on guide for both novice and seasoned managers, the Handbook for the New Health Care Manager, Second Edition offers a wealth of practical strategies, procedures, and methods that are designed to meet the myriad challenges of today's health care marketplace.

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5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Pay for Performance in 2007: Promising Model Faces Challenges

In its early stages, pay for performance (PFP) shows promise but faces many obstacles—from collecting solid performance data to building provider buy-in. In a June 2007 online survey, the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN) polled health plans, hospitals, employers/employer coalitions and physician groups on their experiences with the PFP model. Read a summary of the survey results here.

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6. Federal/State Partnership Achieves Dramatic Nationwide Drop in Tobacco Sales to Minors

Sales of tobacco to minors have reached all-time lows, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The decrease seems to be a result of the Synar Amendment program, a federal and state partnership that works to end illegal tobacco sales to minors.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health101507.html



7. A Guide for Smoking Cessation

A Guide for Smoking Cessation is unique for all smokers based on over 25 years of scientific research on thousands of smokers. 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. How To Best Use Your Hospice Web Site

Many hospices now have a company Web site that functions primarily as an online brochure. It does a great job of telling people about the service, but it may not be making use of the Internetís unique strengths. With search engine optimization (to increase your Google ranking), your Web site may help draw hospice seekers to you, as opposed to your competitors. But all of this presumes that the viewer is actively looking for a hospice. As we all know, when people are ready for hospice, itís usually much later than when they needed it.

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9. Using Web Technologies in Consumer-Driven Healthcare for Transparency, Decision Support and Health Promotion

Using Web Technologies in Consumer-Driven Healthcare for Transparency, Decision Support and Health Promotion, a 2007 audio conference on CD-ROM, examines how healthcare organizations are providing Web-based tools to meet the needs of consumers for healthcare transparency, decision support and health promotion to ensure the success of consumer-driven healthcare plans.

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10. New Jersey Among Seven States to Legally Challenge Bush Administration over SCHIP

New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the people of New Jersey against the Bush administration for limiting eligibility for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The lawsuit accuses the Bush administration of surpassing the public rule-making process by changing the program via letter. Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York and Washington are also pursuing legal challenges to the Presidentís directive.

For more information, please visit:
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11. NOT ur parents' healthcare anymore: The 411 on selling health via new media

In the special report, NOT ur parents' healthcare anymore: The 411 on selling health via new media, three healthcare marketers divulge how novel marketing and product development tactics are grabbing the attention of Generation X and Generation Y. These early adopters share the unconventional and sometimes unintentional marketing strategies that are paying off in profitable new products that appeal to a generation that may be less invincible and more mature than most marketers believe.

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12. Worth Repeating: Prepared Practice Teams Foundation of HealthPartners Care Model Process

In this transcript excerpt from a September 2007 audio conference, Beth Waterman, vice president of primary care and clinic operations at HealthPartners, describes the development of a care model process that anticipates the needs of patients before they arrive:

ďCare Model Process (CMP) is a standard set of workloads for delivering evidence-based care that provides a consistent clinical experience for our patients and a consistent process for the care teams. But, in shorthand, CMP is about standardizing work flows and having the right person doing the right job."

"Our model is basically just a stripped-down version of the Ed Wagner Chronic Disease Model."

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13. Building Patient Care Continuity with Prepared Practice Teams

Already a leader in high quality healthcare, HealthPartners Medical Group wanted another model of care that would improve outcomes even further. During this 45-minute audio conference on CD-ROM, Beth Waterman, vice president of primary care and clinic operations at HealthPartners, described the role of practice teams in her organization's effort to build patient care continuity.

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