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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

In Malcolm Gladwell's examination of social epidemics in The Tipping Point, which I'm re-reading for my book club, the author defines the "stickiness factor" of a message — the characteristics that cause it to remain active in recipients' minds. Gladwell, who covered the AIDs epidemic for the Washington Post, says that the environment must be right for a message to spread. In a featured story this week, Duke University's Ruth Wolever advises health coaches on the value of motivational interviewing: "Understand the client's competing commitments and allow space for the individual to explore them and resolve their ambivalence so that healthier behaviors will 'stick.'"

Gladwell also devotes a chapter to the "stickiness" of smoking among teenagers and the genetic disposition of this age group to imitate others and try on new behaviors and attitudes. While Gladwell presents an epidemic approach to solving this problem, a coalition of Oregon health groups have another strategy described in this week's issue: launch an ad campaign touting the 60-cent increase in the state's cigarette tax.

If tobacco use is an issue for your organization, don't miss this week's featured download, Putting out the Addiction — Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Programs.

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

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April 27, 2009
Vol. XI, No. 16

Sponsored by:
The Strategic Ongoing Role of Disease Management in the Healthcare Continuum: Achieving the ROI

This week's industry news:

  1. Setting the Agenda in Motivational Interviewing
  2. Health Coaching for Behavior Change: Motivational Interviewing Methods and Practice
  3. Metro Health Hospital Offers Discounted Care & Payment Plan
  4. Improving Patient Collections in an Unhealthy Economy: Technologies and Processes to Speed Payments
  5. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Medical Tourism — Implications for Participants in the U.S. Healthcare System
  6. Health Groups Launch Ad Campaign Highlighting Benefits of Oregon Cigarette Tax Increase
  7. Reducing Acute and Chronic Care Costs Through an Effective Health Risk Stratification Model
  8. Pain Relievers May Delay — Not Prevent — Alzheimer’s Disease
  9. Relieving the Costs and Consequences of Chronic Pain: A Best Practice Multimodal Approach
  10. HHS Releases Guidance for Securing Health Information and Preventing Harm from Breaches
  11. Responding to Government Investigations of Medical Privacy and Security Breaches
  12. Featured HealthSounds Podcast: Motivational Interviewing at the Mayo Clinic
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This week's industry news

1.) Setting the Agenda in Motivational Interviewing

Dr. Ruth Wolever, clinical health psychologist and director of research at Duke Integrative Medicine, describes the role of motivational interviewing within integrative health coaching.

Motivational interviewing (MI) is theoretically aligned with integrative health coaching. Motivation to change comes from the client. There’s also data that supports the idea that direct persuasion is not effective for helping individuals to resolve ambivalence.

Get the full story.

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2.) Health Coaching for Behavior Change: Motivational Interviewing Methods and Practice

Health Coaching for Behavior Change Integrative medicine includes the best of conventional medicine but redefines health to include the person's body, mind, spirituality and community — with a special focus on the patient-practitioner bond. Borrowing from integrative medicine, Health Coaching for Behavior Change: Motivational Interviewing Methods and Practice presents motivational interviewing skills and how they can be used to invite and elicit behavior change and impact health coaching outcomes.

Learn more about this resource.

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3.) Metro Health Hospital Offers Discounted Care & Payment Plan

In an effort to make healthcare more affordable in West Michigan, Metro Health Hospital has launched a program to provide discounted health services and a payment plan for community residents without adequate health insurance.

Get the full story.

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4.) Improving Patient Collections in an Unhealthy Economy: Technologies and Processes to Speed Payments

Improving Patient Collections Within the context of the current economic environment, coupled with the increase of high-deductible health plans, many healthcare organizations are seeing a lag in patient payments. From an assessment of current processes to how operational issues and technology can improve the revenue cycle, get the details you need from leading Beacon Partner experts in this webinar.

Learn more about this resource.

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5.) Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Medical Tourism — Implications for Participants in the U.S. Healthcare System

Medical tourism presents opportunities and threats for health plans, employers, pharmaceutical and device companies, providers, payors and patients. Those who understand the emerging market will be well-positioned to take the initiative and to benefit as the field evolves. The industry is still in a very early stage — and significant changes will transpire over the next few years. The purpose of this white paper is to lay out the issues that U.S. players should begin addressing now and to provide the context in which to evaluate them.

Download this complimentary white paper.

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6.) Health Groups Launch Ad Campaign Highlighting Benefits of Oregon Cigarette Tax Increase

A coalition of public health organizations has launched a newspaper advertising campaign highlighting the benefits of a 60-cent increase in Oregon’s cigarette tax, which would reduce smoking, save lives and generate much-needed revenue for critical tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

Get the full story.

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7.) Reducing Acute and Chronic Care Costs Through an Effective Health Risk Stratification Model

Reducing Acute and Chronic Care Costs Reducing Acute and Chronic Care Costs Through an Effective Health Risk Stratification Model, a 60-minute webinar on May 6, 2009, will provide in-depth details from two leading industry experts on how their organizations have approached health risk stratification, from how individuals are identified for stratification purposes to the effectiveness of risk stratification programs.

Learn more about this resource.

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8.) Pain Relievers May Delay — Not Prevent — Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study shows that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as the pain relievers ibuprofen and naproxen do not prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but they may instead delay its onset. The study suggests a need for re-interpretation of earlier findings that suggested NSAIDs can prevent the disease.

Get the full story.

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9.) Relieving the Costs and Consequences of Chronic Pain: A Best Practice Multimodal Approach

Relieving the Costs and Consequences of Chronic Pain Relieving the Costs and Consequences of Chronic Pain: A Best Practice Multimodal Approach offers an antidote for the 25 percent of Americans suffering daily from chronic or persistent pain and the healthcare organizations that treat them. Featuring contributions from two of pain management's foremost experts, this special report offers multi-faceted strategies in pain assessment and management to improve quality of life for the chronic pain patient, reducing healthcare utilization in the process.

Learn more about this resource.

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10.) HHS Releases Guidance for Securing Health Information and Preventing Harm from Breaches

HHS has published guidance regarding technologies and methodologies to secure health information and prevent harm by rendering health information unusable, unreadable or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act required publication of the guidance by April 18. This builds on the existing requirements of HIPAA, which are unchanged.

Get the full story.

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11.) Responding to Government Investigations of Medical Privacy and Security Breaches

Grant Funding for Children's Health Services Responding to Government Investigations of Medical Privacy and Security Breaches details the key issues and actions healthcare organizations should consider in responding to privacy and data security enforcement investigations.

Learn more about this resource.

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12.) Featured HealthSounds Podcast: Motivational Interviewing at the Mayo Clinic

Kristin S. Vickers Douglas A health coach's use of motivational interviewing (MI) can pave the way to a partnership resulting in an individual's behavior change, explains Kristin S. Vickers Douglas, Ph.D., L.P., a clinical health psychologist at the Mayo Clinic and medical director of its EmbodyHealth coaching program. Frequently called upon to employ MI in her practice as well as train health coaches in the technique, Dr. Vickers Douglas describes the dimensions of MI and its value in determining and reacting to an individual's readiness to change.

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