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Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan It's a new year, almost a new administration and a new look for the Healthcare Business Weekly Update. As we continue to cover the latest healthcare trends, news and analysis, we welcome your comments and story suggestions at pdonovan@hin.com.

But we're not the only ones with new plans for the new year. This week's edition of the Healthcare Business Weekly Update examines a new health plan backed proposal for guaranteed health coverage and Hallmark Health System's "No Diversion" policy for its ERs, which went into effect January 1. And among other concerns in 2009: Will baby boomers be affording healthcare in the new year? A significant portion of the population thinks not.

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

Please send comments, questions and replies to pdonovan@hin.com.

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January 5, 2009
Vol. XI, No. 1

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Emergency Room Utilization: Developing a Team Approach to Address Overcrowding

This week's industry news:

  1. Health Plans Propose Guaranteed Coverage For Pre-Existing Conditions
  2. The Executive Report on Managed Care
  3. Cincinnati Childrenís Hospital Among Top Five Pediatric Hospitals
  4. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Healthcare Trends in 2009 — Economy Threat to Delivery of Care
  6. Are Older Antidepressants Better for Depression in Parkinsonís Disease?
  7. Depression Disease Management: Healthcare's New Frontier
  8. One in Five Boomers Worried About Affording Healthcare in 2009
  9. Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2009: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry
  10. Hallmark Health Prepared for "No Diversion" Policy
  11. Emergency Room Redirection Handbook
  12. Featured HealthSounds Podcast: Physician Engagement — Creating Trust and Alignment Between Management and Physicians
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This week's industry news

1.) Health Plans Propose Guaranteed Coverage For Pre-Existing Conditions

The nationís health insurance plans have proposed to guarantee coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions in conjunction with an enforceable individual coverage mandate.

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2.) The Executive Report on Managed Care

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3.) Cincinnati Childrenís Hospital Among Top Five Pediatric Hospitals

Cincinnati Childrenís Hospital Medical Center is one of the top five childrenís hospitals in the United States, according to a Parents magazine survey. Cincinnati Childrenís ranked fourth among more than 100 childrenís hospitals.

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4.) Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice

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5.) Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Healthcare Trends in 2009 — Economy Threat to Delivery of Care

When healthcare looks back upon 2008, it will no doubt remember a year that was all about the money sky-high fuel costs, a faltering economy and physician reimbursement worries. This summary of responses to HINís healthcare trends 2009 e-survey, conducted in the weeks leading to the election of Barack Obama as the countryís 44th president, captures the concerns of 169 healthcare organizations trying to run their businesses in the midst of a full-blown recession. This white paper also documents 53 of the most successful program ideas in 2008.

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6.) Are Older Antidepressants Better for Depression in Parkinsonís Disease?

A new study shows that antidepressant drugs, which only affect serotonin, often used as first choice treatments, may not be best for depression in people with Parkinsonís disease (PD).

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7.) Depression Disease Management: Healthcare's New Frontier

Depression Disease Management In this special report, you'll learn about the broad array of depression disease management programs, ranging from differences in treatment length to pharmaceutical trials to staff roles and patient responsibility.

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8.) One in Five Boomers Worried About Affording Healthcare in 2009

A new AARP survey examined the healthcare and prescription drug challenges facing boomers and older Americans in the weakened economy. The poll of Americans age 45-plus shows positive signs that much of the population is embracing healthy habits and practicing wise use of prescription drugs, but finds they can do more to reduce their healthcare bills and improve their health.

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9.) Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2009: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare Trends & Forecasts 2009 In Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2009: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry, two key thought leaders reflect upon the volatile economic climate and historical election results to frame an industry outlook for 2009.

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10.) Hallmark Health Prepared for "No Diversion" Policy

Hallmark Health System was fully prepared for the launch of the state's new "No Diversion" policy, which states that no hospital ER will be able to divert incoming ambulances to other hospitals.

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11.) Emergency Room Redirection Handbook

Emergency Room Redirection Handbook The Emergency Room Redirection Handbook is a comprehensive two-volume set that illustrates innovative strategies to reduce unnecessary ER visits.

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12.) Featured HealthSounds Podcast: Physician Engagement — Creating Trust and Alignment Between Management and Physicians

Nathan Kaufman Hospitals should take advantage of the typically competitive nature of physicians to encourage collaboration, says Nathan Kaufman, managing director of Kaufman Strategic Advisors. Kaufman notes that "quality dialogue" between hospitals and physicians is key to engagement. In this podcast, he also discusses how a physician champion can drive success and explains physicians' reluctance to adding technology to their systems of care.

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