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HIN Managing Editor Patricia Donovan

Doing business in a beach community has its benefits, but the influx of summer traffic is not one of them. Consequently, we regard back-to-school with mixed feelings. This year, our high school's back-to-school mailing includes two pages describing the district's preventive measures against swine flu, including daily sanitizing of door knobs, desks and bathrooms. Health authorities in this country and abroad are warning of a swine flu surge this fall, and almost half of the 125 healthcare organizations who responded to this month's survey on patient education and outreach efforts said they are educating their populations on the H1N1 virus as well.

Today is the last day to take this e-survey and get a free compilation of survey results — including details on swine flu educational efforts and other innovations in patient outreach.

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

Please send comments, questions and replies to pdonovan@hin.com.

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August 31, 2009
Vol. XI, No. 33

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Successful Models of Care for the Medical Home — Staffing and Roles of the Care Team

This week's industry news:

  1. Motivational Interviewing in the Health Coaching Agenda
  2. Health Coaching for Behavior Change
  3. Medical Imaging Can Result in Cumulative Radiation Exposure
  4. Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy
  5. Healthcare Business White Paper: Healthcare Industry Response to Uninsured — Organizations Take Steps to Counter Financial Impact
  6. Teen Medication Abuse Rises Along with ADHD Prescriptions
  7. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  8. Training Personal Care Home Administrators to Assist Elderly, Disabled in Assisted Living
  9. Framing the Medical Home Model of Care
  10. $25.7 Million in Grants Available to Expand, Improve Health Center Services
  11. Toward Transparency in Healthcare
  12. HealthSounds Podcast: Patient Engagement and Education in the Medical Home
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This week's industry news

1.) Motivational Interviewing in the Health Coaching Agenda

Dr. Ruth Wolever, clinical health psychologist and director of research at Duke Integrative Medicine, explains how motivational interviewing can be a useful tool for health coaches during the coaching process.

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

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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. In this special report, a physician and a health psychologist from the field of integrative medicine affirm how training in MI, self-management and even spirituality and healing can enrich the health coaching encounter.

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3.) Medical Imaging Can Result in Cumulative Radiation Exposure

Several types of medical imaging procedures — such as x-rays, fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT) scans and nuclear medicine scans — expose patients to ionizing radiation, which over time can accumulate to substantial doses, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This study utilized claims data from UnitedHealthcare on nearly 1 million adults aged 18- to 65-years-old in five regions across the U.S. to estimate the overall rates of exposure to radiation from medical imaging procedures over a three-year period.

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4.) Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy 2nd Edition

Radiology This resource is 140 pages of review criteria and clinical guidelines for radiology (including indications for MRI/CT), radiation therapy and nuclear medicine for benefit interpretations with useful references and related Web sites. This product is updated annually.

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5.) Healthcare Business White Paper: Healthcare Industry Response to Uninsured — Organizations Take Steps to Counter Financial Impact

With the number of uninsured Americans having reached an all-time high as of 2005, at a record-breaking 15.9 percent (46.6 million), the entire healthcare industry is feeling the impact. It is a problem caught in an unending cycle: Because of the expense of insurance, many employers are reluctant to provide health benefits to their employees, or if they do, the premiums are often too steep for employees to afford. This in turn leads to higher healthcare costs as hospitals and federal assistance programs are increasingly called upon to cover the costs of patients who are simply unable to pay for their healthcare.

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6.) Teen Medication Abuse Rises Along with ADHD Prescriptions

Calls to poison control centers for teen victims of ADHD medication abuse were up 76 percent over eight years, an increase in line with the increased number of prescriptions for the drugs. This trend is highlighted in research from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center that is being published in the September issue of the journal Pediatrics.

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7.) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder This 70-page report details diagnosis, non-pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical management in children, adolescents and adults. It includes references and Web links, and other resources. This product is updated annually.

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8.) Training Personal Care Home Administrators to Assist Elderly, Disabled in Assisted Living

To assist more than 50,000 elderly and disabled residents in Pennsylvania's 1,500 licensed personal care homes and assisted living facilities, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has partnered with higher education institutions and other agencies to educate and train personal care home administrators and staff. Penn State Beaver has offered the 100-hour personal care home administrator training program since 2006. This fall, the program is being expanded to Penn State DuBois and Penn State Greater Allegheny.

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9.) Framing the Medical Home Model of Care: Blueprint from Early Adopters

Framing the Medical Home In the face of a primary care crisis, this 45-page report chronicles the provider and payor experiences on the road to establishing medical homes for their respective populations. This report describes the skills, technology, cultural change and financial incentives necessary to transform a physician practice into a medical home. It also presents a game plan for health plans that are ready to embrace and reimburse this model of care.

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10.) $25.7 Million in Grants Available to Expand, Improve Health Center Services

More than $25.7 million in grants are available from the HHS to increase and improve health and support services at the nation's health centers. Overseen by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at HHS, the Health Center system served more than 17 million medically underserved people in 2008, up from 10 million patients served in 2001.

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11.) Toward Transparency in Healthcare: Competing for Quality and Consumers

Toward Transparency in Healthcare In this special report, a panel of experts discuss the challenges of incorporating public reporting as part of an integrated strategy, collaborating with providers, and developing objective metrics and reliable data. This report also includes details on furthering the transparency agenda with healthcare report cards, responding to data validity and reliability issues, evaluating internal vs. external reporting mechanisms, communicating quality and performance data to employees, patients and members; and building a quality-based specialty provider network.

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12.) HealthSounds Podcast: Patient Engagement and Education in the Medical Home — Perspectives from Several Pilots

Patient Engagement, Education in the Medical Home Looking to jump-start patient outreach in the medical home? The appointment calendar is a great place to start, recommends Barbara Wall, a healthcare consultant who advises organizations on adoption of the patient-centered model of care. She describes the simple steps that medical home staff can follow to turn the appointment calendar into a patient teaching, recall and outreach tool.

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