Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

As we prepare 2008's last issue of the Healthcare Business Weekly Update, we'd like to wish all of our readers a healthy and prosperous New Year and one filled with innovation. For inspiration, we point you to — as we did this time last year — the year's best ideas in healthcare, as culled from the New York Times Magazine annual Year in Ideas issue. We also give you our final white paper for 2008 — Healthcare Remedies for an Ailing Economy — a synopsis of profitability strategies from 129 of your healthcare colleagues as well as their expectations for the Obama presidency.

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. 39
December 29, 2008

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Table of Contents
  1. How to Measure the Impact of a Health Fair
  2. The Health Fair Handbook: Executing Events That Draw a Crowd, Engage Participants and Deliver ROI
  3. New Web Site Launched for Healthcare Providers to Compare and Improve Quality of Hospitals Nationwide
  4. Measuring Health Care: Using Quality Data for Operational, Financial, and Clinical Improvement
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Enterprise of the Future: Life Sciences Edition
  6. College Students Say Nonmedical Use of ADHD Drugs Helps Them Study
  7. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  8. Medicare Paying for Services That Are Similar to Long-Term Care
  9. Medicare Disease Management: Tactics to Improve Health, Education and Independence in an Aging Population
  10. NHIN Establishes Foundation for Interoperable Health Information Exchange
  11. The Business Case for Web 2.0 in Healthcare: Building Brands and Redefining the Patient Experience
  12. Featured Healthcare Podcast: A Health Coach Hiring and Training Game Plan That Yields Improved Outcomes
  13. Take the Monthly e-Survey: Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Programs


1. How to Measure the Impact of a Health Fair

Paul Harris, senior healthcare strategist with Hewitt Associates, describes how to measure a health fair’s impact on a healthcare organization.

In measuring the health fair’s impact, break it down into immediate impact, short-term impact and longitudinal impact. First, look at what’s going to be measurable right away.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC122908_health_fair_impact.html



2. The Health Fair Handbook: Executing Events That Draw a Crowd, Engage Participants and Deliver ROI

This special report is designed to help organizations plan and launch health fairs that attract attendees and deliver value to their hosts.

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3. New Web Site Launched for Healthcare Providers to Compare and Improve Quality of Hospitals Nationwide

The Commonwealth Fund has launched a new Web site that allows healthcare providers to conduct side-by-side comparisons of 4,500 hospitals nationwide, track performance over time against numerous benchmarks and download tools to improve healthcare quality.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement122908_hospital_quality.html



4. Measuring Health Care: Using Quality Data for Operational, Financial, and Clinical Improvement

Measuring Health Care: Using Quality Data for Operational, Financial, and Clinical Improvement explains the various performance measurement methods used in healthcare and shows their practical impact on clinical patient outcomes.

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Please Forward This Issue

If you haven’t already done so, please forward this issue to one or two of your business associates. Thanks so much.

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5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Enterprise of the Future: Life Sciences Edition

Although Life Sciences CEOs foresee much more change ahead, they’re not confident about managing it. So how will they cope in increasingly turbulent times? How can they recruit the right talent, replenish their pipelines and protect their intellectual property? Learn more in this new white paper available from IBM.

To download this complimentary white paper, please visit:
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6. College Students Say Nonmedical Use of ADHD Drugs Helps Them Study

Undergraduates who illegally use Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medication without a prescription say it's worth the risk for one key benefit: enhancing their ability to study. More than 5 percent of students surveyed in a new study reported using ADHD medication without a prescription during the past six months.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health122908_ADHD_medication_nonmedical_use.html



7. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

This 70-page report details diagnosis, non-pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical management in children, adolescents and adults. It includes references and web links/other resources.

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8. Medicare Paying for Services That Are Similar to Long-Term Care

A new chart book released by The SCAN Foundation suggests that the Medicare system, which does not cover long-term care, may actually be filling a need for long-term care among the nation’s elderly by paying for post-acute care services that are similar to long-term care.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care122908_long_term_care_medicare_system.html


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9. Medicare Disease Management: Tactics to Improve Health, Education and Independence in an Aging Population

This special report highlights challenges and opportunities in working with the Medicare population, strategies to close gaps in care, and steps for sustaining system change and improved outcomes within senior care communities.

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10. NHIN Establishes Foundation for Interoperable Health Information Exchange

The fifth Nationwide Health Information Network Forum showcased the groundbreaking work of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) trial implementations, which began more than 14 months ago. This work, carried out by members of a public-private “NHIN Cooperative,” lays the foundation that will serve as the next step toward secure nationwide interoperable health information exchange.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation122908_health_information_exchange.html



11. The Business Case for Web 2.0 in Healthcare: Building Brands and Redefining the Patient Experience

In this special report, experts recount how strategic utilization of Web 2.0 tools is driving prospective patients to their Web sites and to their facilities in record numbers. Even recruiters are feeling the impact of these efforts.

For more information, please visit:
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12. Featured Healthcare Podcast: A Health Coach Hiring and Training Game Plan That Yields Improved Outcomes

With so many companies focusing on wellness and prevention, it's a great time to be a health coach, explains Darcy Hurlbert, health and wellness product specialist for Ceridian Lifeworks. She describes the criteria for pairing a health coach with a client and reviews the importance of a veteran Ceridian health coach in the 100 hours of training delivered to the company's health coaches each year.

To listen to this podcast in its entirety, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/podcasts/podcast.htm#73



13. Take the Monthly e-Survey: Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Programs

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released last month found that from 2000 to 2004, at least 443,000 people in the U.S. died prematurely each year as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, an increase from 438,000 deaths annually for 1997-2001. This report also found that smoking costs the nation $193 billion per year in healthcare expenditures and productivity losses, up from a previous estimate of $167 billion.

Take HIN's e-survey on tobacco cessation and prevention efforts by December 31 and receive a summary of the compiled results following the survey.

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