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Healthcare Business Weekly Update
Volume VII, No. 38
September 19, 2005

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Sponsored by: Providing Healthcare 24/7: How Consumer-Driven Health Plans and Population Health Management are Meeting the Needs of Healthcare Consumerism

Providing Healthcare 24/7: How Consumer-Driven Health Plans and Population Health Management are Meeting the Needs of Healthcare Consumerism, a September 21, 2005 audio conference, will examine the tools that organizations need to provide to fully engage consumers in consumer-driven healthcare plans.

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Table of Contents
  1. Obesity Initiative: Health Awareness Begins at Home Office
  2. Disease Management & Obesity: Healthcare Impacts and Initiatives
  3. NorthEast Medical Center To Connect 150 Physicians with EHR From Allscripts; E-Prescribing Success Leads to Full Electronic Health Record Adoption
  4. Electronic Health Records: A Practical Guide for Professionals and Organizations
  5. Businesses Affected by a Hurricane Must Take Steps to Prevent 'Crisis Within a Crisis'
  6. Successful Strategies for EAP Marketing and Demonstrating Value
  7. Insurance Policy Key in Alleged Nursing Home Negligence
  8. Bulletin on Long-Term Care Law
  9. Commissioners Selected for American Health Information Community: The Community Will Help Shape the Future of Health Care for Generations
  10. ePrescribing: How Regulatory, Social, Economic and Technological Factors Are Now Driving the Adoption of eRx


1. Obesity Initiative: Health Awareness Begins at Home Office

Highmark, a Pennsylvania insurer has trialed wellness programs with their own employees before offering them to their healthcare accounts.

Highmark, which is one of the largest healthcare insurers in the United States with more than 11,000 employees, launched a 12-week in-house Employee Wellness program in 2002. Focused on weight management, the program included weekly interventions, nutrition counseling and a newsletter.

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2. Disease Management & Obesity: Healthcare Impacts and Initiatives

With obesity rates in the United States continuing to climb and causing additional chronic health conditions such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, and stroke, health plans and employers are looking to specialty programs to combat obesity. Whether they’re referred to as Disease Management, Weight Management or Wellness programs, their ultimate objective is the same: to trim the fat from healthcare expenses.

In this special report, "Disease Management & Obesity: Healthcare Impacts and Initiatives," sponsored by the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN), expert speakers weigh in on the key features of obesity management programs, strategies for increasing member participation, and the programs’ impact on the healthcare bottom line.

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3. NorthEast Medical Center To Connect 150 Physicians with EHR From Allscripts; E-Prescribing Success Leads to Full Electronic Health Record Adoption

Allscripts (Nasdaq:MDRX) the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, announced that NorthEast Medical Center will electronically connect their physicians across 33 locations using TouchWorks(TM) Electronic Health Record.

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4. Electronic Health Records: A Practical Guide for Professionals and Organizations

Up-to-the minute information provides a solid, big-picture, information-packed text in a portable size, complete with updates on the HIPAA privacy and security rules. The book translates highly complex material into everyday, understandable language, making it an indispensable tool for navigating the complexities of the EHR. Contains a list of key points at the beginning of each chapter and a summary at the end of each chapter for easy reference.

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Cultural Diversity in Healthcare: Addressing the Challenges of a Multicultural Society Changing demographics, extensive mobility and upsurges in ethnic diversity present new demands for cultural competency in healthcare. Often, organizations are ill-equipped to handle specific challenges associated with such increases, including surpassing linguistic barriers and paying adequate attention to cultural sensitivities. To that effect, some progressive organizations are implementing diversity training to teach professionals how to better accommodate the needs of an increasingly socially and ethnically stratified population.

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5. Businesses Affected by a Hurricane Must Take Steps to Prevent 'Crisis Within a Crisis'

For businesses, responding to a disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina, can be overwhelming. After attending to personal needs-family, friends and homes-companies can begin to focus on preserving property, protecting employees and resuming business operations.

"When disaster strikes, there is a lot of work to be done, and many business owners may not know where to begin," said Steven D. Hernandez, senior vice president of Chubb & Son and worldwide loss control manager for Chubb Commercial Insurance.

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Successful Strategies for EAP Marketing and Demonstrating Value

Successful Strategies for EAP Marketing and Demonstrating Value is a new executive-level tele-briefing sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program Management Letter, which was held on June 9, 2005. This CD Rom comes with conference materials.

This CD-ROM highlight strategies that EAPs can use to market their programs to management, including: marketing basics and activities; how successful EAPs are marketing their programs; communicating your EA program to your target markets; spelling out the benefits of your EAP to your various constituents; performance metrics and benchmarks; pricing techniques; practical ways to develop your relationships with prospective customers; and your internal and external “image.”

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7. Insurance Policy Key in Alleged Nursing Home Negligence

Certificate of Medical Necessity No Longer Required

An insurance policy purchased by the nursing home owners charged with negligent homicide in the deaths of 34 residents as a result of Hurricane Katrina may be a source of recovery for aggrieved parties and is also a critical piece of evidence for the plaintiffs, say two authorities from the LexisNexis.

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8. Bulletin on Long-Term Care Law

An essential tool for long-term care administrators, The Bulletin on Long-Term Care Law covers federal and state laws and regulations governing long-term care facilities, compliance problems, changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs, litigation and coverage of news of importance to long-term care providers.

Each month, you'll get the latest regulatory and legal intelligence, regulatory changes from the Balanced Budget Act, labor relations and employment law, fraud and abuse, corporate compliance, Patient Self-Determination Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Operation Restore Trust and staffing, and updates about federal agencies, such as CMS, Office of Inspector General, Department of Labor, Immigration and Naturalization Service, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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9. Commissioners Selected for American Health Information Community The Community Will Help Shape the Future of Health Care for Generations

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt selected 16 commissioners to serve on the American Health Information Community (the Community), a federally-chartered commission charged withadvising the Secretary on how to make health information digital and interoperable. The work of the Community will help the country achieve the President’s goal of having most Americans using interoperable electronic health records within 10 years. Patients, doctors, hospitals and insurance companies will have access to vital and confidentiality-protected medical information immediately and efficiently, helping to reduce medical errors, improve quality, lower costs and eliminate paperwork hassle.

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10. ePrescribing: How Regulatory, Social, Economic and Technological Factors Are Now Driving the Adoption of eRx

ePrescribing: How Regulatory, Social, Economic and Technological Factors Are Now Driving the Adoption of eRx takes the transcript of the recent audio conference on electronic prescriptions and provides it to you in a readable format including complete text of speaker presentations and conference "handout" material.

This one-of-a-kind discussion of the current trends in ePrescribing captures the thinking of two leading experts on the subject, as well as the work-a-day experiences of a practicing physician who is using this technology in his practice

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