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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Calls into suicide crisis centers have substantially increased during the past year — 54,054 calls in the last recorded month alone — with between 20 to 30 percent of calls being specifically linked to economic distress. In a featured story this week, SAMHSA offers a financial lifeline to these centers, many of which have had state and local funding cuts at a time when they're needed most.

Healthcare providers can intervene by being alert to signs of depression in patients. The MacArthur Foundation Initiative on Depression and Primary Care offers a free downloadable Depression Tool Kit intended to help providers recognize and manage depression. Also available is a sample Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), a nine-question depression screening tool, as well as instructions for using the PHQ-9 to make a tentative depression diagnosis. Depression is often a hidden comorbidity for patients with multiple chronic health issues. Getting depressed patients the behavioral health support they need can raise patient activation and engagement levels and put the patient on the path to improved self-management.

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

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HIN Associate Editor Jessica Papay
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August 10, 2009
Vol. XI, No. 30

Sponsored by:
Constructing Care Transitions to Reduce Hospital Admissions

This week's industry news:

  1. Meeting ROI Expectations in Health Management
  2. Real ROI from Health Management
  3. Parents Concerned About Errors While Children are Hospitalized
  4. Medication Management to Reduce Adverse Drug Events
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: ROI for Medical Billing
  6. SAMHSA Funding to Bolster Strained Suicide Prevention Centers
  7. Promising Outcomes
  8. Nursing Home Interventions Improve Quality of Care
  9. Elderly Health Services Letter
  10. Authority for HIPAA Security Rule Delegated to OCR
  11. Navigating the New Safe Harbors for E-Health Records, E-Prescribing
  12. HealthSounds Podcast: Reducing Uncompensated Care Costs for the Chronically Ill
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1.) Meeting ROI Expectations in Health Management

Craig Nelson, M.D., director of health services research for American Specialty Health, which provides telephonic coaching programs for weight management, tobacco cessation and general fitness, describes the challenges of meeting expectations of wellness program purchasers.

“What’s the ROI?” is a direct quotation from virtually every client, potential client, broker and health plan to whom we might offer our services. This question might be the first question they ask — or the second or the third or the last — but inevitably they will want an answer to that question.

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2.) Real ROI from Health Management: Cost Savings through Coaching and Disease Management

Real ROI from Health Management By relying on a combination of science and program evaluation methods, health improvement companies are getting closer to quantifying these results. Strategies for improving and measuring the clinical and economic effects of health coaching, disease management and other population health management efforts are detailed in this special report.

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3.) Parents Concerned About Errors While Children are Hospitalized

Nearly two-thirds of parents reported that they felt the need to watch over their child’s care to ensure that medical errors are not made during their hospital stay, according to a study led by Beth A. Tarini, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School. In particular, parents whose first language is not English were more likely to report the need to be vigilant about their child’s care.

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4.) Medication Management to Reduce Adverse Drug Events

Medication Reconciliation Strategies In this resource, two experts describe their hospital's emphasis on quality and perfect care processes and provide the inside details on their medication management programs, which have a goal of eliminating adverse drug events.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: ROI for Medical Billing

Discover how medical billing departments and organizations can realize a significant return on investment from digital document management with integrated workflow technology.

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6.) SAMHSA Funding to Bolster Strained Suicide Prevention Centers

SAMHSA is moving to provide urgent funding to suicide prevention centers around the nation that are dealing with the enormous hardship wrought by the economic downturn. Many of these centers must cope with a sharp rise in the number of callers in crisis (often because of financial problems).

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7.) Promising Outcomes: The Impact of Positive Psychology on Health and Wellness Coaching

Promising Outcomes 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.

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8.) Nursing Home Interventions Improve Quality of Care, Reduce Staff Turnover

A recent study by the UNC Institute on Aging has identified three workplace interventions that are improving quality of care and reducing staff turnover in North Carolina's nursing homes. Previous research has shown that high levels of turnover and worker shortages may compromise both the availability of frontline workers and the quality of care, potentially putting nursing home residents at risk.

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9.) Elderly Health Services Letter

Elderly Health Services Letter An essential tool for senior services professionals, this newsletter stays on top of the most current challenges facing senior services professionals, including financing and funding senior services, marketing, positioning senior services for managed care, getting administrative support, forging partnerships to participate in the continuum of care, developing new programs and services, advancing health promotion and wellness initiatives, and measuring outcomes and performance.

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10.) Authority for HIPAA Security Rule Delegated to OCR

Authority for the administration and enforcement of the HIPAA security rule has been delegated to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that OCR’s administration and enforcement of the security rule, which had previously been delegated to CMS, will eliminate duplication and increase efficiencies in how the department ensures that Americans’ health information privacy is protected.

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

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

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12.) HealthSounds Podcast: Reducing Uncompensated Care Costs for the Chronically Ill Through a Medical Home Approach — A Health System Case Study

Reducing Uncompensated Care Baptist's Health's referral of patients to its family medicine residency program has given residents a greater understanding of the fiscal impact of the uninsured on the healthcare system, and the benefits don't end there. Robin Barca discusses the residents' experience with the medical home model, details of patient contracts and just how much of Baptist's uncompensated care falls into charity care.

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