Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

In recent weeks a clearer picture has emerged of challenges facing physician practices --- from electronic health records use to medical home adoption to quality data reporting. As physicians attest in two different stories this week, adapting practice work flow to embrace these trends can be daunting. Fortunately, public and private pilot programs do offer willing practices the chance to get their feet wet before participation is mandated. And to echo Dr. Bruce Bagley's question, if there is an opportunity to increase revenue and improve patient care, why wouldn't a practice participate?

Practices must also face the challenge of retail clinics and choose to compete or coexist. This week, Humana and Sutter Health --- a payor and provider in the retail clinic space --- shared with us their perspectives, including critical success factors, who's really the face of the retail clinic and why traditional hospital marketing just won't work for retail clinics. Read more in the HIN blog.

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. 49
February 25, 2008

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Table of Contents
  1. Physician Trends: Using Healthcare to Its Fullest Potential
  2. Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2008: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry
  3. HHS Pilot to Offer Financial Incentives for Physician EHR Use
  4. Navigating the New Safe Harbors for E-Health Records and E-Prescribing
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Healthcare Organizations React to MRSA Outbreak
  6. Mental Health Experts Available to Comment on Northern Illinois University Shootings
  7. Treating the Lifetime Health Effects of Childhood Victimization
  8. CMS Takes Next Step in Nation's Nursing Home Improvement Project
  9. Medication Reconciliation Strategies to Reduce Hospital Adverse Drug Events
  10. States Closer to Protecting Electronic Health Information, Report Finds
  11. Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Organizations, 3 Volume Set, 5th Edition
  12. Worth Repeating: Physicians and PQRI: Don't Leave Money on the Table
  13. Physician Quality Reporting in 2008: What Every Physician Practice Should Know


1. Physician Trends: Using Healthcare to Its Fullest Potential

In presenting trends he expects will impact physicians in 2008, Dr. Joel Diamond, a partner with Diamond, Fera & Associates and chief medical officer at dbMotion Inc., assumes that electronic medical records are a done deal.

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2. Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2008: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry

In this fourth annual industry analysis from the Healthcare Intelligence Network, four key thought leaders deliver a sector-by-sector analysis of emerging trends and their impacts on physicians, hospitals and health plans and debate the direction of the industry.

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3. HHS Pilot to Offer Financial Incentives for Physician EHR Use

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt has called on community leaders across the country to apply for a new demonstration project that provides Medicare incentive payments to physicians for the use of certified electronic health records (EHRs) to improve patient care.

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4. Navigating the New Safe Harbors for E-Health Records and E-Prescribing

CMS and the HHS Office of Inspector General has published rules defining the circumstance under which healthcare providers may accept free information technology in support of electronic health records and electronic prescribing. Navigating the New Safe Harbors for E-Health Records and E-Prescribing can explain what to expect from the new safe harbors and how to take full advantage of the new rules.

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5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Healthcare Organizations React to MRSA Outbreak

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology reported in 2007 that 1.2 million U.S. hospital patients are now affected with MRSA each year. With the rise in MRSA cases and increasing awareness, the Healthcare Intelligence Network conducted a non-scientific online survey in October 2007 to determine what steps are being taken to prevent the infection.

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6. Mental Health Experts Available to Comment on Northern Illinois University Shootings

Mental health experts from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) are available to comment on the February 14 shootings at Northern Illinois University. The council is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,400 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children, and families in communities across the country.

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7. Treating the Lifetime Health Effects of Childhood Victimization

Adult survivors of childhood abuse have higher rates of illness than are found among the general population. Now professionals can turn to this comprehensive resource to get practical advice on working with these challenging and vulnerable patients and specific guidelines for treating the three most common symptoms encountered in health care settings: depression, PTSD and chronic pain.

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8. CMS Takes Next Step in Nation's Nursing Home Improvement Project

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is making public more names of underperforming nursing homes across the country. The latest release includes a broader list of about 130 nursing homes identified in the SFF initiative and their status.

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9. Medication Reconciliation Strategies to Reduce Hospital Adverse Drug Events

In this special report, Donna Isgett, McLeod vice president for clinical effectiveness, describes the hospital's emphasis on quality and perfect care processes, while Leanne Huminski, chief nursing officer, provides the inside details on McLeod's medication management program, which has a goal of eliminating adverse drug events.

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10. States Closer to Protecting Electronic Health Information, Report Finds

Most states have made substantial progress in defining their privacy and security approaches for electronic health information exchange, according to a report released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), both part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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11. Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Organizations, 3 Volume Set, 5th Edition

Continuing its superiority in the health care risk management field, the Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Organizations (5th Edition), is written by the key practitioners and consultant in the field. Included are many practical chapters and healthcare examples than before as well as additional material on methods and techniques of risk reduction and management.

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12. Worth Repeating: Physicians and PQRI: Don’t Leave Money on the Table

In a January 2008 webinar on “Physician Quality Reporting in 2008: What Every Physician Practice Should Know,” Dr. Bruce Bagley, medical director of quality improvement with the American Academy of Family Physicians, gave the number one reason physician practices --- even those who have not yet adopted electronic health records --- should participate in the CMS Physician Quality Reporting Initiative.

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13. Physician Quality Reporting in 2008: What Every Physician Practice Should Know

During this January 2008 90-minute webinar, now available on CD-ROM or on-demand format, an expert panel of speakers described PQRI changes for 2008 and drew on their past experience with physician quality reporting to make recommendations on how to succeed in the 2008 program.

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