Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

According to the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, integrative medicine is "the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing." In the United States, 36 percent of adults use some form of complementary or alternative therapies. When megavitamin therapy and prayer specifically for health reasons are included, that number rises to 62 percent, according to the National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Last week I spoke with a physician and a clinical health psychologist about healing and spirituality within the framework of a health coaching exchange. Their respective programs at Duke Center for Integrative Medicine and the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing train health coaches to expand the focus of health to the person's body, mind, spirituality and community. Integrative health coaches are encouraged to become "curious explorers" of alternative and complementary practices along with their clients. You can listen to these thought-providing interviews at: http://www.hin.com/podcasts/podcast.htm#75.

Dr. Ruth Wolever and Dr. Karen Lawson will describe how health coaches can benefit from training in motivational interviewing, self-management — and even spirituality and healing — during From Passive to Partner: Integrative Health Coach Training Using Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change, a December 18, 2008 webinar. Register today at: http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3861.

In a related story this week, a study of women who take care of Alzheimer's disease patients draws parallels between the caregivers' religious faith and spirituality and their choice of support services.

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

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Healthcare Business Weekly Update
Volume X, No. 35
December 1, 2008

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Table of Contents
  1. Business Case for Wellness and Prevention
  2. Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2009: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry
  3. Joint Commission-accredited Hospitals Improve Safety and Quality of Patient Care
  4. Discharge Planning Primer: Community Collaborations to Decrease Hospital Readmissions Risk
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Anticipatory Care Management: Medication Adherence Interventions
  6. Self-Help Groups Boost Abstinence from Drugs and Alcohol
  7. Narrowing the Health Perception Gap: Coaching to Change Behavior and Raise Self-Efficacy
  8. Female Caregivers of Alzheimer's Patients Find Comfort in Religion, Families
  9. A New Look at Community-Based Respite Programs: Utilization, Satisfaction, and Development
  10. HealthGrades to Provide Physician and Hospital Ratings On Yahoo! Health
  11. Transparency e-Tools: Healthcare IT That Meets Employer, Consumer and Accreditation Demands
  12. Featured Healthcare Podcast: From Passive to Partner: Integrative Health Coach Training Using Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change


1. Business Case for Wellness and Prevention

David Chin, M.D., a national partner in the health industries advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and the managing partner of PWCís global Healthcare Research Institute, describes how wellness programs can help reduce increasing healthcare costs.

The wellness trend is driven by employers who have been sick and tired of the ever-increasing trend in healthcare.

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

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 the coming twelve months.

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3. Joint Commission-accredited Hospitals Improve Safety and Quality of Patient Care

In some very critical areas, Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in America have steadily improved the quality of patient care over a six-year period, saving lives and improving the health of thousands of patients, according to a Joint Commission report.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement120108.html



4. Discharge Planning Primer: Community Collaborations to Decrease Hospital Readmissions Risk

In this special report, two industry experts describe the coordinated approaches central to their hospital discharge processes and the impact their programs have had on patients' outcomes and satisfaction, hospital readmission rates and healthcare costs.

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5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Anticipatory Care Management: Medication Adherence Interventions

The story is in the statistics: 65 percent of all prescriptions show non-compliance; 33 percent of all prescriptions are not even filled; Medication-related hospital admissions cost $100 billion every year. Yet, studies show that education interventions can be effective in improving adherence. Learn how Medication Adherence Interventions can improve outcomes while lowering costs.

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6. Self-Help Groups Boost Abstinence from Drugs and Alcohol

New data indicate that 2.3 million people who participate in self-help groups for alcohol or illicit drug use currently abstain from use of these substances. Based on a nationwide survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the report offers other data highlighting the use and benefits of these groups.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health120108.html



7. Narrowing the Health Perception Gap: Coaching to Change Behavior and Raise Self-Efficacy

In this special report, experts delve into the field of behavior modification and suggest techniques health coaches and disease management specialists can employ to motivate clients and patients to adopt healthy lifestyles.

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8. Female Caregivers of Alzheimer's Patients Find Comfort in Religion, Families

Women who take care of Alzheimer's disease patients are more likely than men to take advantage of some support services, including transportation, but do not seek in-home help. Researchers at the University of Michigan and other universities looked at gender differences in how caregivers assisted Alzheimer's patients.

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http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care120108.html


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9. A New Look at Community-Based Respite Programs: Utilization, Satisfaction, and Development

This book provides you with detailed analyses of a variety of successful support service plans, including mobile day care, Latino-specific outreach, traveling dementia evaluation teams and programs designed for people who live alone. You'll also read about the importance of complementing family caregivers instead of substituting for them. Throughout, helpful tables make the results of Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Grants to States programs clear.

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10. HealthGrades to Provide Physician and Hospital Ratings On Yahoo! Health

Yahoo! has selected HealthGrades as the exclusive provider of physician and hospital quality information for Yahoo! Health. HealthGradesí physician quality reports and hospital ratings will be integrated into a variety of Yahoo! Health consumer health tools.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation120108.html



11. Transparency e-Tools: Healthcare IT That Meets Employer, Consumer and Accreditation Demands

In this special report, contributing authors describe the challenges of developing Web technologies that support decision-making and promote good health, building effective performance metrics, structuring incentive programs, and getting people to use them.

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12. Featured Healthcare Podcast: From Passive to Partner: Integrative Health Coach Training Using Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change

The definition of community in an individual's change process is unique to that individual, explains Dr. Karen Lawson, program director for the health coaching track at the Center for Spirituality and Healing, the University of Minnesota. In this interview, Dr. Lawson discusses healing and spirituality within the framework of a health coaching exchange and the appropriate moments for a coach to broach these subjects. While a health coach cannot be an expert in all available therapies, the coach can be a "curious explorer" who "dips their toes" into alternative health therapies and systems along with the client.

To listen to this podcast in its entirety, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/podcasts/podcast.htm#75


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