Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

Our recent webinar on Healthcare Trends for 2008 sparked a lively debate on the force of consumerism --- or retail orientation, as some call it --- in healthcare. One presenter predicted it will go the way of the capitation movement. A participant said the industry hasn't gone far enough in incentivizing consumers to change unhealthy or costly behaviors.

Whether you're a hospital, health plan, physician or service provider, this issue has likely changed your job description and your organization's processes and bottom line. As open enrollment begins for many consumers, we'll see lots of tools and technology to support the consumer through the benefit selection process. In this week's news stories, SAMHSA awards grants to draw consumers into the transformation of this country's mental health system. Another grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will create a database for consumers on hospitals’ and physicians’ cost and quality of care.

How is consumerism transforming your work, and what other trends will impact your organization in the next 12 months? There's still time to take HIN's third annual e-survey on healthcare trends for the year ahead and receive a complimentary 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 IX, No. 34
October 22, 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. Healthcare Groups Collaborate in the Greening of Hospital Environments
  2. Healthcare Trends and Forecasts in 2008
  3. Partnering for Post-discharge Programs
  4. Profitable Partnerships in Disease Management: Community Collaborations That Enhance Care Access and Outcomes, August 2007
  5. Featured Healthcare Podcast: Partnerships Enhance Discharge Planning for the Elderly
  6. SAMHSA Awards Promote Consumer Role in Transformation of Mental Health System
  7. Tracking Mental Health Outcomes: A Therapist's Guide to Measuring Client Progress, Analyzing Data, and Improving Your Practice
  8. States' Underfunding of Senior Long-term Care Undermines Medicare Stability
  9. Managing Transitions to Care for the Frail Elderly
  10. RWJF Gives $16 Million Combining Healthcare Data For Consumers
  11. Healthcare Report Cards: How To Get an A+ in the Public Reporting of Healthcare Quality Data
  12. Healthcare Research Roundup: October 2007


1. Healthcare Groups Collaborate in the Greening of Hospital Environments

Kaiser Permanente has partnered with a group of influential healthcare organizations to help spread green practices across the industry. The Global Health and Safety Initiative aims to share best practices and help to broaden the market for cleaner energy, safer products and innovative environmental technologies. Global Health and Safety Initiative partners include the nonprofit groups Health Care Without Harm, the Center for Health Design and Hospitals for a Healthy Environment.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC102207.html



2. Healthcare Trends and Forecasts in 2008

Industry experts from key areas of the healthcare industry delve into the trends that are shaping today's healthcare industry during this 90-minute audio conference. You'll hear from Dr. Peter Kongstvedt, a partner in the health and managed care consulting services division of Accenture, on health plan trends, Nathan Kaufman, managing director for Kaufman Strategic Advisors, on hospital trends, Dr. Joel Diamond, partner, with Diamond, Fera & Associates and chief medical officer at dbMotion Inc., on trends impacting physician groups and Elizabeth Opland, director of product development and deployment at Gordian Health Solutions, on trends impacting the wellness and health promotion sector.

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3. Partnering for Post-discharge Programs

Judy Szilagyi-Neary, clinical care manager at Ovations, a UnitedHealthcare company, describes how a community partnership enhances the patient experience post-discharge:

“Two programs that we’re very involved with through UnitedHealthcare are the transition coach program and Personal Service Delivery Program (PSDP). For the transition coach program, we send in an empowerment coach — one of our nurse practitioners (NP) who has the credentials to coach members. Normally, this is done within seven days of discharge."

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement102207.html



4. Profitable Partnerships in Disease Management: Community Collaborations That Enhance Care Access and Outcomes, August 2007

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. This report also shares examples of other successful joint ventures, including the benefits of teaming up with schools and how a partnership has rounded out a depression DM program.

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5. Featured Healthcare Podcast: Partnerships Enhance Discharge Planning for the Elderly

Senior citizens put a lot of effort into planning for their retirements and deaths, but don't always plan for the medical emergency that might occur in between those two life events, explains Nora Baratto, manager of the case management department at St. Peter's Hospital's CHOICES program in Albany, New York. That's why the community partnerships her program forges are critical to its success. Her program measures customer satisfaction and delivery at multiple intervals and conducts depression screening for its population during inpatient, outpatient and in-home assessments.

To listen to this podcast in its entirety, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/podcasts/podcast.htm#49



6. SAMHSA Awards Promote Consumer Role in Transformation of Mental Health System

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding five mental health assistance centers grants totaling $5.4 million to teach consumers of mental health services the necessary skills to enhance consumer/peer-run programs. The grants, to be disbursed to each technical assistance center over the next three years, will not exceed $340,000 for each of three years.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health102207.html



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

Tracking Mental Health Outcomes: A Therapist's Guide to Measuring Client Progress, Analyzing Data, and Improving Your Practice is a complete, step-by-step guide to tracking and documenting treatment outcomes.

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8. States’ Underfunding of Senior Long-term Care Undermines Medicare Stability

A BDO Seidman/Eljay, LLC analysis of Medicaid programs has concluded that state funding for seniors' critical nursing home care has decreased nearly 45 percent from 1999 to 2007. Most states are underfunding the actual cost nursing home care by an estimated $4.4 billion per year. This cost breaks down to $13.15 per patient day (PPD) compared to $9.05 in 1999.

The study also targeted 10 states that are most negatively impacted by this underfunding.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care102207.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.

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10. RWJF Gives $16 Million Combining Healthcare Data For Consumers

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded $16 million for combining Medicare and private insurers’ health claims to create a database on hospitals’ and physicians’ cost and quality of care. The Brookings Institution’s Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform will receive $8.7 million and the America’s Health Insurance Plans Foundation (AHIP) will receive $4.2 million over 30 months. A leftover fund of $3 million will be set aside for supplementary activities and future costs.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation102207.html



11. Healthcare Report Cards: How To Get an A+ in the Public Reporting of Healthcare Quality Data

Healthcare Report Cards: How To Get an A+ in the Public Reporting of Healthcare Quality Data, a June 7, 2006 audio conference on CD-ROM, examines why healthcare providers and payors are choosing to publicly rate their quality performance, how they've structured their quality report cards and the impact that this can have on a healthcare organization's business.

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12. Healthcare Research Roundup: October 2007

Highlights from the month's Healthcare Daily Data Bytes include a comparison of observed vs. self-reported handwashing behaviors, the (mostly avoidable) economic impact of chronic illness and some evidence that for married couples, at least, imitation is the healthiest form of flattery.

For more research highlights, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthcare_research_roundup102207.html


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