Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

Happy New Year! By now it's back to business as usual, but holding on to that holiday feeling may enhance our health status, points out Wellcoaches CEO Margaret Moore. In this week's story on positive psychology's role in health coaching, Ms. Moore shares data that connects our mental game to our physical state.

Providers and health professionals contemplating participation in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) may be motivated by an audio interview with Dr. Bruce Bagley of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The 2008 PQRI includes a structural measure for adoption and use of health IT, and the HIN blog focuses its lens on video's impact on physician-patient encounters.

And finally, expect more reliance this year on medical homes as catalysts for improved healthcare access and quality of care. To learn how colleagues are reacting to this trend, take HIN's "Medical Homes in 2008" e-survey by January 31 and receive a free executive 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. 43
January 7, 2008

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Table of Contents
  1. Health and Happiness Closely Linked
  2. Promising Outcomes: The Impact of Positive Psychology on Health and Wellness Coaching
  3. Hershey Medical Center Opens Cancer Unit
  4. Managing Cancer Care: Strategies to Improve Outcomes and Lower Costs
  5. Worth Repeating: Enhancing Self-Care Decision-Making Among Occasional ER Users
  6. Washington Extends Mental Health Benefit to State’s General Assistance-Unemployable Clients
  7. Tracking Mental Health Outcomes
  8. States Can Help Prevent Abuse of Older Americans
  9. Managing Transitions to Care for the Frail Elderly
  10. HHS Approves Medicaid Waiver to Create New Indiana Health Plan for Uninsured Hoosiers
  11. NOT ur parents' healthcare anymore: The 411 on selling health via new media
  12. What's New at HIN: The Latest Special Reports, White Papers and Podcasts


1. Health and Happiness Closely Linked

Wellcoaches CEO Margaret Moore reflects upon some of the research that links a positive state of mind to better health and quality of life:

New data coming out of the positive psychology world makes the case that there is a very close connection between our mental game and our physical game. Ruut Veenhoven, a psychologist from Holland, presented a paper at the European Positive Psychology Seminar on Health and Happiness. He collected and analyzed 28 long-term studies that look at health and happiness. He defined happiness as a positive state of mind and overall appreciation of one’s life.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC10708.html



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

This special report explores evidence-based theories and coaching models, research linking physical and mental health, and critical coaching skills and outcomes that help bring about lasting behavior change. The theories of positive psychology come alive during a 15-minute unscripted coaching demonstration that features Wellcoaches CEO Margaret Moore helping volunteer client Kathy Smith (not her real name) identify life issues that are keeping her from being her "best self" in managing her thyroid condition and weight issues.

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3. Hershey Medical Center Opens Cancer Unit

A new 20-bed unit has been added to the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for cancer patients who need extra safeguards to prevent germs from attacking their weakened immune systems. Furthering the medical center’s efforts, the unit will make it unnecessary for local cancer patients to leave the area to receive the most advanced care.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
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4. Managing Cancer Care: Strategies to Improve Outcomes and Lower Costs

This book examines some of the management strategies and pricing methodologies that health plans have been instituting in hopes of reining in costs, as well as the federal government’s role in reimbursement.

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5. Worth Repeating: Enhancing Self-Care Decision-Making Among Occasional ER Users

In this excerpt from a recent HIN audio conference, Dr. James Glauber, medical director for Neighborhood Health Plan of Massachusetts, explains the rationale behind his organization’s ER diversion initiative:

When intervening to reduce emergency room (ER) visits, one of the decision points a plan needs to make is whether they’re going to focus on frequent ER utilizers — who make up only a small percentage of total ER use — or whether they’re going to adopt a broad-based strategy to target ER use among the 90 percent of the population that is visiting the ER occasionally.

To continue reading this excerpt, please visit:
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6. Washington Extends Mental Health Benefit to State’s General Assistance-Unemployable Clients

A mental health benefit has been added to a pilot project in two counties in the state of Washington. The benefit, which tests a managed care approach to the General Assistance-Unemployable (GA-U) Program, was added to King and Pierce counties by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Community Health Plan and Harborview Medical Center. The state-funded program has never included a mental health or counseling benefit in the past, despite the fact that almost half of the clients in the GA-U program have been identified with mental health issues that often contribute to their disabilities.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health10708.html



7. Tracking Mental Health 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. This book fills this gap, providing step-by-step guidance on choosing the best outcomes-tracking methods and instruments for your practice. You’ll see how to integrate them into everyday clinical procedures and use the data they supply to improve the quality of care you provide as well as fully comply with insurance company and regulatory agency requirements.

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8. States Can Help Prevent Abuse of Older Americans

The chances of abuse among older Americans can be reduced by implementing effective practices for monitoring court-appointed adult guardians, according to a new report from AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI). The report shows that a large number of state courts around the country fail to assign a monitor to visit vulnerable individuals under guardianship, leaving many Americans open to physical neglect and financial abuse.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care10708.html


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9. Managing Transitions to Care for the Frail Elderly

During this 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. HHS Approves Medicaid Waiver to Create New Indiana Health Plan for Uninsured Hoosiers

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approved a Medicaid waiver allowing Indiana to implement an innovative healthcare proposal, the Health Indiana Plan (HIP). HIP will give approximately 120,000 low-income, uninsured residents access to critical healthcare services.

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

In this special report, innovators in healthcare marketing describe their forays into new media to create products and services geared to Generation X and Generation Y.

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

The latest publications from the Healthcare Intelligence Network include tips for staying connected to often transient and out-of-touch Medicaid and Medicare populations and strategies to divert non-emergent cases from emergency rooms. In addition, the following new complimentary white papers are available:

  • Non-Compliant No More: Health Coaching Moves Focus Upstream to Health Behavior, Motivation and Readiness to Change (HIN)
  • Five Common VPN Security Mistakes (PositiveNetworks)
  • Employer-Sponsored Weight Management Programs: The Business Case (Health Enhancement Systems)
  • A New Model for Healthcare Transformation (PerotSystems)
  • Cash-handling in the Healthcare Industry – the Unseen Risk (Fire King)
  • Avoiding the Seven Deadly Sins of Outsourcing Relationships (PerotSystems)
  • The New Threat: Attackers that Target Us (Third Brigade)

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