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Hospitals in Washington state can't board psych patients in EDs, but where will they go?
By Beth Kutscher | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Starting next week, hospitals in Washington state will be prohibited from boarding psychiatric patients in emergency departments while they wait for inpatient beds to open up.
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Emergency care statistics don't tell the whole story, and other letters
By Modern Healthcare | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As someone who has worked in the emergency medicine industry for many years, I'd like to offer a different perspective to your publication's portrayal of emergency care than the one presented on the July 28 Data Points page.
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Mental health centers see patient surge
By Virgil Dickson | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Many behavioral healthcare providers across the country are reporting significantly increased demand for their services because of Medicaid expansion in some states.
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Allscripts, Netsmart collaborate on EHR interoperability
By Joseph Conn | August 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
As the island that once was behavioral health is drawn closer to the mainland of the U.S. healthcare system, thanks to healthcare payment reform, health information technology companies that serve both types of providers are also coming together in a variety of ways.
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Reform Update: Flood of new patients worries mental health workers
By Virgil Dickson | August 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Many behavioral healthcare advocates and providers across the country are reporting significantly increased demand for their services because of the Medicaid expansion in some states. But they are worried about whether underfunded and understaffed mental health centers will be able to adequately...
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Acadia's earnings rise on booming behavioral admissions
By Bob Herman | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Acadia Healthcare recorded sizable gains in its second quarter and for the first half of 2014 as higher admissions and new acquisitions benefited the publicly traded operator of inpatient behavioral health facilities. A one-time currency adjustment also contributed to quarterly gains.
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Early Q2 financials show reform benefiting hospitals' bottom lines
By Beth Kutscher | July 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare reform is producing positive financial benefits for publicly traded hospitals, if early Q2 earnings releases are any indication of what to expect from other systems when they report quarterly results.
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UHS reports flat profit but cheers admissions gains, low bad debt
By Bob Herman | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurance gains under the healthcare reform law fueled a massive jump in Universal Health Services' second-quarter revenue, but rising expenses wiped away potentially large profit gains.
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ONC's Pritts says feds have put more muscle behind privacy protection
By Joseph Conn | July 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When Joy Pritts steps down this month after 4 years as the first chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, she'll leave convinced the feds have put extra oomph into privacy protection.
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Consortium tests exchanging behavioral health data while maintaining privacy
By Joseph Conn | June 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federally backed consortium of behavioral health providers, administrators and health information exchange experts has joined the chorus of voices addressing the vexing issue of how to pass along medical records for behavioral health patients without violating their privacy rights.
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