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Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan This week we report on the AHA's finding that a "capital crunch" has forced most hospitals to halt or postpone facility and technological upgrades. While we've all grown accustomed to corporate belt-tightening, these are projects that benefit patients, families and communities by improving quality and coordination of care as well as efficiency. In an economic climate where borrowing is next to impossible, reserves and net revenues are down and uncompensated care is on the rise, you need the 13 strategies for reducing bad debt, proposed by Beacon Partners last week during a conference on improving patient collections in an unhealthy economy.

We'll be watching the movement of the economic stimulus package in the U.S. Senate this week in the hopes that our industry can soon benefit from the employment, consumer spending and confidence the package is designed to generate.

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Patricia Donovan
Editor, Healthcare Business Weekly Update

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February 2, 2009
Vol. XI, No. 5

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Patient Assignment into the Medical Home: Building a Collaborative Patient-Centric Approach

This week's industry news:

  1. Trends and Developments in Incentives Use to Promote Health and Wellness
  2. Toward Health & Wellness Coaching 3.0: Multi-Platform Methods for Sustained Behavior Change
  3. Hospital “Capital Crunch” Forcing Delays in Facility, IT Upgrades
  4. Medical Home Collaborations: How Hospitals Are Benefiting from Partnerships in Patient-Centric Primary Care
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Patient Registries — The Track to Better Quality Healthcare
  6. Missouri Among First to Implement Mental Health First Aid on College Campuses
  7. Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice, 3rd Edition
  8. Common Medication Associated with Cognitive Decline in Elderly
  9. Patient-Centered Models in Medication Adherence: Reducing Costs and Non-Compliance through Health Behavior Change
  10. SCHIP Provided Health Coverage to 7.4 Million Children in 2008
  11. Retail Clinics 1.0: Selling the Care Model to Payors and Providers
  12. Featured HealthSounds Podcast: Empowering Patients Through Medical Home Assignment
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This week's industry news

1.) Trends and Developments in Incentives Use to Promote Health and Wellness

The use of incentives to boost participation in health and wellness initiatives is on the rise and the industry is noticing a shift in preferred incentives, reports Jennifer Hidding, director of interactive health management of consumer solutions at OptumHealth.

There are three key points around incentive trends and developments: adoption of incentives is growing very quickly, there are many different types of incentives being offered in the marketplace and there is a noticeable shift in incentive types in use from 2007 to 2008.

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2.) Toward Health & Wellness Coaching 3.0: Multi-Platform Methods for Sustained Behavior Change

Toward Health & Wellness Coaching 3.0 To optimize program success and ROI, health coaching will need to be powered by multi-channel outreach — land lines, Web, email, cell phones and even PDAs — and reinforced by tightly interwoven communication and incentive programs. In this 35-page special report, two health coaching veterans set the stage for Health Coaching 3.0 and describe the skills, technology and training that will be required to equip health coaches for this eventuality.

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3.) Hospital “Capital Crunch” Forcing Delays in Facility, IT Upgrades

More and more, hospitals are stopping or postponing "shovel-ready projects" that would not only improve community healthcare, but also increase jobs and support the local economy, according to a new survey from the American Hospital Association. The survey showed that hospitals' ability to obtain the necessary funds to upgrade their facilities or invest in new clinical and IT is severely restricted due to the "capital crunch" and the recession.

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4.) Medical Home Collaborations: How Hospitals Are Benefiting from Partnerships in Patient-Centric Primary Care

Medical Home Collaborations During Medical Home Collaborations: How Hospitals Are Benefiting from Partnerships in Patient-Centric Primary Care, learn how Palmetto Health, a three-hospital system in South Carolina, has implemented a successful medical home model that ensures the goals of the medical home program are met, including reduced hospital admissions and improved quality of care and outcomes for the patients.

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5.) Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Patient Registries — The Track to Better Quality Healthcare

Patient registries are clinical information systems that physicians use to identify and track patients with a defined disease or condition. Besides creating realistic views of clinical practices, patient outcomes, safety and comparative effectiveness, patient registries support evidence development and decision-making and are associated with improved management of chronic illness.

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6.) Missouri Among First to Implement Mental Health First Aid on College Campuses

The violent murder at Virginia Tech last month, less than two years after the shooting there that took 33 lives, reminds Missouri's college administrators that campuses can harbor hidden dangers. As a prevention tool for this kind of tragedy, The Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE), partnering with the Department of Mental Health (DMH), will make Missouri one of the first states in the U.S. to train campus personnel in mental health first aid to recognize and offer assistance to students who show signs of mental illness.

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7.) Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice, 3rd Edition

Health Behavior and Health Education This thoroughly revised third edition provides a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of health behavior theories relevant to health education and includes the most current information on developments in theory, research and practice.

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8.) Common Medication Associated with Cognitive Decline in Elderly

A study published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that the use of certain medications in elderly populations may be associated with cognitive decline. The study examined the effects of exposure to anticholinergic medications, a type of drug used to treat a variety of disorders that include respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, on over 500 relatively healthy men aged 65 years or older with high blood pressure.

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9.) Patient-Centered Models in Medication Adherence: Reducing Costs and Non-Compliance through Health Behavior Change

Patient-Centered Models in Medication Adherence In this special report, experts examine common barriers to medication adherence and present the initiatives that have increased patient compliance with medication regimes for their organizations.

Learn more about this resource.

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10.) SCHIP Provided Health Coverage to 7.4 Million Children in 2008

Some 7.4 million children were enrolled in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in 2008 — a 4 percent increase over the previous year, according to HHS. The announcement comes as Congress is debating reauthorization of SCHIP, which is projected to expand coverage to an additional 4 million children. During 2008, 334,616 adults were covered with SCHIP funds.

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11.) Retail Clinics 1.0: Selling the Care Model to Payors and Providers

Retail Clinics 1.0 Retail Clinics 1.0: Selling the Care Model to Payors and Providers offers advice from the retail clinic trenches, where many health plans already reimburse for services dispensed at retail clinics and providers are partnering with or launching their own retail or "convenience" clinics.

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12.) Featured HealthSounds Podcast: Empowering Patients Through Medical Home Assignment

Dr. Anita Murcko According to Dr. Anita Murcko, medical director of clinical informatics and provider adoption with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), patient involvement and collaboration with providers are the keys to any successful medical home assignment — not only understanding what a medical home can provide patients but also how this model of care can empower them.

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