Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

As we see it, 2008 will largely be about measuring up. In response to expected quality and performance initiatives, doctors, hospitals, health plans and just about anyone involved in health and wellness will have to validate their effectiveness to both consumers and payers. This week's Worth Repeating shows how data mining can turn up surprising trends in health coach effectiveness (for example, whether former smokers make better coaches) and coaching ROI. In New York, the state and physicians hope a joint analysis of "near-misses" today will help reduce tomorrow's hospital errors. And in What's New at HIN, an audio interview with HealthFitness President and CEO Gregg Lehman yields a blueprint for constructing a corporate culture of health --- and the very measurable benefits that can accompany this attitude shift.

How well does your organization measure up in MRSA education and prevention? Just a few days remain to take HIN's monthly e-survey on this subject 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. 39
November 26, 2007

Sponsored by: Creating a Culture of Health by Engaging the C-Suite and Employees to Promote Better Health

Driven by healthcare cost increases that are eating into corporate profits, companies that embrace a culture of health across their organization not only improve the health of their employees and benefit from its related impact on productivity, but also improve corporate profitability and shareholder value. During this 90-minute webinar on December 4, 2007, an expert panel of speakers will describe the key steps in creating a culture of health that engages both the C-suite and employees.

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Table of Contents
  1. Montefiore Medical Center Launches P4P Cardiac Care Program
  2. Successful Management of Heart Failure Patients: Multidisciplinary Approach to Reducing Readmissions
  3. New York and American College of Physicians Team Up to Reduce Hospital "Near-Misses"
  4. The Handbook of Patient Safety Compliance: A Practical Guide for Health Care Organizations
  5. Worth Repeating: Health Coaching Metrics: More Calls + More Experience = Better Outcomes
  6. Cigarette Smoking and Other Substance Use More Likely Among Depressed Young Adults
  7. Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder-Evaluation and Management Guidline
  8. Brown to Create Most Comprehensive Long-term Care Database
  9. Coordinating Care Transitions for the Elderly and Dually Eligible: Fostering Self-Management and Reducing Readmissions
  10. Health Plans Also Being Ranked; Is Smaller Better?
  11. Executive Report on Managed Care
  12. What's New at HIN: The Latest Special Reports, White Papers and Podcasts


1. Montefiore Medical Center Launches P4P Cardiac Care Program

A new cardiovascular program in which physicians at a major academic medical center will receive incentive payments based on 60 performance measures for outpatient and inpatient care has been launched at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York. The program is one of many initiatives at Montefiore Medical Center’s Montefiore-Einstein Heart Center and will challenge physicians to score well on a mix of measurable activities that indicate quality care for patients.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC112607.html



2. Successful Management of Heart Failure Patients: Multidisciplinary Approach to Reducing Readmissions

Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) has launched a dedicated inpatient heart failure unit that is dramatically reducing readmission rates in this population. This 23-page special report chronicles the evolution and operation of the three-year-old unit and its foundation in continuous care and patient education and self-management.

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http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3745



3. New York and American College of Physicians Team Up to Reduce Hospital "Near-Misses"

New York hospitals plan to analyze all of its “near-misses” — events that could have harmed a patient, but did not — in an attempt to prevent medical errors. The analysis will be a three-year demonstration program run by the New York State Health Department’s Patient Safety Center and the New York chapter of the American College of Physicians. Over 4,700 medical residents will volunteer to report their near-miss events for the program.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement112607.html



4. The Handbook of Patient Safety Compliance: A Practical Guide for Health Care Organizations

The Handbook of Patient Safety Compliance: A Practical Guide for Health Care Organizations is written for virtually every professional and leader in the healthcare field, as well as students who are preparing for careers in health services delivery. This book presents a framework for developing a patient safety program, shows how best to examine events that do occur and reveals how to ensure that appropriate corrective and preventative actions are reviewed for effectiveness. The book covers a comprehensive selection of topics.

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5. Worth Repeating: Health Coaching Metrics: More Calls + More Experience = Better Outcomes

In this transcript excerpt from a November 15, 2007 webinar, Darcy Hurlbert, health and wellness product specialist with Ceridian Corporation, describes how an analysis of client data from health coaching initiatives can reveal some surprising trends in coaches’ effectiveness:

Ceridian is constantly analyzing whether what we're doing is effective. Our scientific advisory board has pushed us in the direction. They ask us how we know that the outcomes we get are related to our health coaching program and not to smoke-free policies that are being implemented.

Read the rest of this transcript excerpt at:
http://www.hin.com/sw/worth_repeating112607.html



6. Cigarette Smoking and Other Substance Use More Likely Among Depressed Young Adults

Young adults who are suffering from or have suffered from depression within the past year are more than two times as likely to begin substance use including cigarettes, alcohol or illicit drugs, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The findings are based on the largest national survey on substance use and health.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health112607.html



7. Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder-Evaluation and Management Guidline

Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder-Evaluation and Management Guidline is 109 pages of clinical guidelines for the evaluation and management of these two common disorders with extensive references and resources. It is updated annually.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3596



8. Brown to Create Most Comprehensive Long-term Care Database

Brown University will conduct research to study the impact of state policies and market forces on the quality of long-term care. The research was made possible through a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) awarded to Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research. That database, which will be completed in 2012, will be the first to track nursing home performance and policy on a state level for all 50 states.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care112607.html


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9. Coordinating Care Transitions for the Elderly and Dually Eligible: Fostering Self-Management and Reducing Readmissions

Coordinating Care Transitions for the Elderly and Dually Eligible: Fostering Self-Management and Reducing Readmissions is a 65-page report in which four respected thought leaders will share their unique approaches to care transition management that positively impact cost and engage the patient in their care decisions.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3685



10. Health Plans Also Being Ranked; Is Smaller Better?

U.S. News & World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released the third edition of America’s Best Health Plans, an annual ranking of U.S. health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and point-of-service (POS) plans. The 2007 online edition of America’s Best Health Plans includes data and information on nearly 550 commercial, Medicare and Medicaid health plans, as well as identifying 150 plans that chose to report no data. The rankings are based on more than 100 aspects of clinical performance, such as a plan’s ability to help diabetic members meet a blood pressure target number, and customer satisfaction, such as how satisfied members are with specialists they see.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation112607.html



11. Executive Report on Managed Care

The Executive Report on Managed Care will provide you with twice-monthly news and information on issues affecting the managed care industry, legislation and regulations, real-life examples of how managed care organizations are benefiting from innovative programs and cost saving initiatives. You'll get additional professional analyses and advice on how to adapt those programs to your own organization - as well as critical information that will help keep you informed with the changes taking place both in and around your organization.

For more information, please visit:
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12. What's New at HIN: The Latest Special Reports, White Papers and Podcasts

How healthy is your corporate culture? In a new HIN podcast, HealthFitness President and CEO Gregg Lehman shares four ways a C-suite executive can lead and endorse these initiatives. Also, HIN's fourth annual Healthcare Trends and Forecasts report is now available, as are two new white papers loaded with suggestions for caregiver support programs and colleague-tested tactics for making and maintaining contact with elusive clients.

For a list of the latest white papers, reports and podcasts from the Healthcare Intelligence Network, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/whatsnewathin112607.html


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