A faltering economy, a presidential election and a number of other factors promise to drive changes in the healthcare industry. Want to know how other healthcare organizations are preparing for what the healthcare industry will face in 2009? Complete HIN's Survey of the Month on Healthcare Trends in 2009 by September 30 and you’ll get a free executive summary of the compiled results. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential. In exchange for your time and participation, you will also receive a $25 discount off the complete "Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2009" report when it is published in November 2008.

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* 1. Was 2008 a better year for your organization?

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* 2. Why or why not?

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* 3. What was the biggest challenge for your organization in 2008?

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

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* 5. Please rank the five areas that have had the greatest overall impact on your organization in 2008.

  First Second Third Fourth Fifth
Access to primary care
Consumer-driven healthcare
Economy
e-Health
Electronic medical records
Energy costs
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
Wellness and health promotion

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* 6. Please list any additional areas that impacted your organization in 2008:

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* 7. Which three areas of your organization were most affected by the economic climate in 2008?

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

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* 8. Please list any additional areas impacted by the economic climate in 2008:

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* 9. What successful new programs and/or services did your organization launch in 2008?

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* 10. What was the biggest mistake your organization made or did wrong in 2008 and how do you plan to approach it differently in 2009?

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* 11. What will be the single biggest issue facing your organization in 2009?

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* 12. How has your organization begun preparing for this challenge?

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* 13. When considering who to vote for in the presidential election, which healthcare issue is the most important for your organization?

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

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

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

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