Healthcare organizations are recalibrating business plans, projects and priorities mid-year in response to the recession, pending healthcare reform efforts, federal stimulus funds for health IT and state Medicaid programs and rising unemployment rates. Find out how other healthcare organizations are reacting to current financial, legislative and reimbursement environments by completing HIN's Survey of the Month on Healthcare Trends in 2009: Mid-Year Adjustment by June 30. You’ll get a free executive summary of the compiled results. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential.

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* 1. Is the first half of 2009 a more successful period for your organization than 2008?

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* 2. Why or why not?

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* 3. What has been the biggest challenge for your organization in the first half of 2009?

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* 4. How did/are you overcoming this challenge?

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* 5. Please rank the five areas having the greatest overall impact on your organization in the first half of 2009.

  First Second Third Fourth Fifth
Access to primary care
Consumer-driven healthcare
Pending healthcare reform
Economy
Internal budget constraints
e-Health
Electronic medical records
ER Utilization
Hiring and recruitment
Patient-Centered Medical Home
Patient safety
Pay-for-performance programs
Population health management
Public reporting of healthcare quality and/or cost data
Quality improvement
Reimbursement
Retail clinics
Uninsured and underinsured
Wellness and health promotion
Uncompensated care

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* 6. Please list any additional areas impacting your organization in the first six months of 2009:

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* 7. Which three areas of your organization are most affected by the economic climate in the first half of 2009?

  First Second Third
Business growth
Hiring & recruitment
Services & sales
Benefits & compensation
Service expansion
Transportation
Capital improvements

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* 8. Please list any additional areas impacted by the economic climate so far in 2009:

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* 9. Of the $150 billion in economic stimulus funds allocated for healthcare, which healthcare funding is the most critical for your organization?

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* 10. When considering President Obama's plans for healthcare reform, which healthcare area is the most important for your organization?

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* 11. What successful new programs and/or services has your organization launched in the first half of 2009?

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* 12. Which programs and/or services has your organization eliminated in the first half of 2009?

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* 13. What was the biggest business mistake your organization made in the first half of 2009 and how will you approach it differently for the rest of the year?

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* 14. What was the best business decision your organization made in the first half of 2009 and how has your organization benefited from this decision?

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* 15. What has been the biggest shift in your organization's direction from 2008 to June 2009?

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* 17. Would you be willing to be interviewed on this topic?

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* 18. If you are willing to be interviewed on this topic, please provide:

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* 19. Please provide your email address to receive a copy of the executive summary of the survey results:

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