Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

A perennial question at provider-focused programs is how to engage physicians in new initiatives. As CMS' Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) builds momentum in 2008, your organization may be facing this challenge. Manuel Lowenhaupt, M.D., national practice leader at CapGemini, advises healthcare organizations to "build that aligned, shared vision of the future. Think about what you can do together in the next five to 10 years that would bring value to the lives of patients, doctors, nurses and the organization." More of Dr. Lowenhaupt's advice can be found in this week's story, "Seven Keys to Bringing Physicians On Board."

If you're looking for more inspiration, the year's best ideas in healthcare, as culled from the New York Times Magazine annual "Year in Ideas," can be found in the HIN blog. My favorite is "Mindful Exercise: Simply by telling 44 hotel maids that what they did each day involved some serious exercise, the Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer and Alia J. Crum, a student, were apparently able to lower the women’s blood pressure, shave pounds off their bodies and improve their body-fat and “waist to hip” ratios. Self-awareness, it seems, was the women’s elliptical trainer." Please leave a comment about your favorite idea.

And mindful that much of the next two weeks will be spent away from work, the next Healthcare Business Weekly Update will be published on Monday, January 6, 2008. We wish you a restorative holiday!

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. 42
December 17, 2007

Sponsored by: Physician Quality Reporting in 2008: What Every Physician Practice Should Know, a January 22, 2008 webinar

Since July 1, 2007, under PQRI, eligible professionals who report specific measures on quality of care furnished to Medicare beneficiaries may earn incentives up to 1.5 percent of their total allowed charges, subject to a cap. During this 90-minute webinar on January 22, 2008, an expert panel of speakers will delve into 2008 PQRI requirements and draw on their past physician quality reporting experience to recommend how to succeed in the 2008 program

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Table of Contents
  1. AHRQ Toolkits Help Providers and Patients Strive for Safer Healthcare
  2. Patient Safety Improvement Guidebook
  3. Seven Keys to Bringing Physicians on Board
  4. Bringing Doctors On Board: Cultivating Physician Leaders and Reducing Pushback
  5. Featured Healthcare Podcast: Value-Driven Healthcare in Action: A Four-Pronged Approach to Meet Consumer Transparency, Quality and Access Demands
  6. SAMHSA Funds Pilot Programs to Extend Reach of Mental Health Services
  7. Promising Outcomes: The Impact of Positive Psychology on Health and Wellness Coaching
  8. Key Leaders Call for National Solutions to Long-term Care Crisis
  9. Coordinating Care Transitions for the Elderly and Dually Eligible: Fostering Self-Management and Reducing Readmissions
  10. Maryland Expands Medicaid to Reach Many Uninsured
  11. Delivering Disease Management to Medically Underserved Populations Plus 21 Strategies for Making and Keeping Contact with Hard-to-Reach Clients
  12. Healthcare Research Roundup: December 2007


1. AHRQ Toolkits Help Providers and Patients Strive for Safer Healthcare

Seventeen new toolkits geared toward reducing medical errors were released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The kits are aimed at helping doctors, nurses, hospital managers, patients and more. The toolkits are free of charge and publicly available, and can be molded to fit into most healthcare settings.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC121707.html



2. Patient Safety Improvement Guidebook

This book offers step-by-step instructions for designing and implementing an effective proactive patient safety management initiative. Topics include: measuring important elements of patient safety; how to identify the error-producing factors in high-risk patient care processes; using comparative data to establish improvement opportunities; techniques for error-proofing healthcare services to prevent adverse events; why root cause analysis of sentinel events won't prevent future patients from being harmed by mistakes; and how to create a patient-safe work culture. This book will help healthcare organizations meet the new Joint Commission requirements for proactive risk reduction activities.

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3. Seven Keys to Bringing Physicians on Board

There are seven essential elements to successfully bringing physicians on board, according to Manuel Lowenhaupt, M.D., national practice leader at CapGemini, which provides consulting, technology and outsourcing services for a range of industries including healthcare. First, he advises, build that aligned, shared vision of the future. Think about what you can do together in the next five to 10 years that would bring value to the lives of patients, doctors, nurses and the organization.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement121707.html



4. Bringing Doctors On Board: Cultivating Physician Leaders and Reducing Pushback

In this special report, a panel of experts describes a variety of tools including skills assessment, communications, incentives and marketing that can turn physician "push-back" into support, ensuring the success of new programs while developing physician leadership at their organizations.

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TALK TO THE HIN COMMUNITY: Share your reaction to a story or a strategy that's working at your organization. Send an email to editor@hin.com or post a comment to the HIN blog at:
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5. Featured Healthcare Podcast: Value-Driven Healthcare in Action: A Four-Pronged Approach to Meet Consumer Transparency, Quality and Access Demands

Overcoming physician reluctance, recruiting physician "champions," rewarding members and patients for being savvy healthcare consumers and leaving patient satisfaction ratings out of the quality equation for the moment are strategies helping four healthcare organizations retain their competitive edges in the fast-growing consumer-driven movement. Listen to key presenters --- Gary Austin, a healthcare industry consultant on corporate/product strategy and program management, Linda Davis, consultant to the Buyers Health Care Action Group in Minnesota, Sue Lewis, senior vice president, health and productivity solutions, IncentOne and Mark Xistris, director of provider relations & health information, The Alliance --- from the May 2007 audio conference, Value-Driven Healthcare in Action: A Four-Pronged Approach to Meet Consumer Transparency, Quality and Access Demands.

Listen to this complimentary podcast at:
http://www.hin.com/podcasts/podcast.htm#38



6. SAMHSA Funds Pilot Programs to Extend Reach of Mental Health Services

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded funding to 10 states and Puerto Rico for a program called the Transformation Transfer Initiative. The pilot initiative supports improvement efforts regarding the capacity and effectiveness of mental health systems that foster recovery and meet the multiple needs of consumers.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health121707.html



7. 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. This report features a 15-minute live, unscripted coaching demonstration as Wellcoaches CEO Margaret Moore helps a volunteer client identify life issues that are keeping her from being her "best self,” and an interview with Dr. Neal Mayerson, a clinical psychologist who helped launch the eight-year-old field of positive psychology and a principal in Hummingbird Coaching. Dr. Mayerson explains why health coaches should address the patient's whole state and suggests tools health coaches can use to assess a client's motivational state.

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8. Key Leaders Call for National Solutions to Long-term Care Crisis

The National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care released its final report and recommendations to improve the long-term care delivery system. The commission, headed by former Senator Bob Kerrey and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, warns of a impending crisis in long-term care, cautioning that if longer life spans, growing elderly population and increasing costs of care are ignored, this problem could evolve into a national crisis.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care121707.html


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

Throughout this 65-page report, these respected thought leaders share their unique approaches to care transition management that positively impact cost and engage the patient in their care decisions. Care gaps are most likely to occur during transitions from primary to specialty care, from the emergency department to the surgical floor, from hospital to home or from in-patient to long-term care.

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10. Maryland Expands Medicaid to Reach Many Uninsured

As a result of Maryland's new healthcare law, the state’s Medicaid managed care organizations may accrue up to 100,000 additional members, according to a report from HealthLeaders-InterStudy.The new law passed by the state includes a plan to expand Medicaid eligibility limits and extend subsidies to about 5,500 small business owners and their employees to offset the cost of insurance.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation121707.html



11. Delivering Disease Management to Medically Underserved Populations Plus 21 Strategies for Making and Keeping Contact with Hard-to-Reach Clients

Contributing authors share real-life case studies to illustrate how out-of-the-box thinking, community collaborations, and multi-channel approaches to client identification and connections are yielding positive results in health outcomes and cost containment for the medically underserved.

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12. Healthcare Research Roundup: December 2007

Highlights from recent Healthcare Daily Data Bytes include a look at adolescents' drug and alcohol usage on an average day, hospital mortality rates, healthcare disparities and some recent findings on advance directives.

For more research highlights, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthcare_research_roundup121707.html


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