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Behavioral health behind bars and beyond

Behavioral health behind bars and beyond

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 01, 2015

Cook County (Ill.) Jail is trying to shed its reputation as the “nation's largest mental health institution,” and it is leading a nationwide movement with jailhouse and community treatment strategies to keep inmates with mental illness from returning.

Anthem-Cigna merger poses promise and perils

Anthem-Cigna merger poses promise and perils

By Bob Herman  |  July 25, 2015

Anthem's announced $54.2 billion takeover of Cigna Corp. last week is the latest and largest sign of health insurers' lust for scale. But at the heart of the merger momentum is their desire to expand their government business, particularly in the lucrative Medicare Advantage market.

Bundling risk: New demo program shows CMS' eagerness to ditch fee for service

Bundling risk: New demo program shows CMS' eagerness to ditch fee for service

By Melanie Evans  |  July 18, 2015

The hips and knees of the nation's seniors were an obvious target for Medicare's first mandatory test of an alternative payment model for hospitals. But joint replacement isn't the only possible target. Hospitals are now on notice that Medicare will move ahead if they don't do it on their own.

A scramble to house patients, families during pope's U.S. visit

By Associated Press  |  July 13, 2015

Patients seeking long-term treatment at Philadelphia's multitude of renowned specialty care centers might find no room at the inns this September, when a visit by Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to the region.

Using big data to prevent drug errors

Using big data to prevent drug errors

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 11, 2015

Dr. Gidi Stein was greatly dismayed when he heard about a malpractice case involving the death of a pediatric patient that was the result of a medication error. So in 2012, Stein co-founded a company that offers a big-data software platform to detect prescription errors before they happen.

CMS wants to require hospitals to participate in bundling demo

CMS wants to require hospitals to participate in bundling demo

By Virgil Dickson and Melanie Evans  |  July 11, 2015

For the first time, the Obama administration is proposing to require hospitals to participate in a Medicare demonstration of an alternative payment model, a recognition that the voluntary approach isn't going to achieve the rapid shift it seeks away from fee-for-service.

New Jersey hospital's loss of tax exemption sends warning

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 11, 2015

Many not-for-profit hospitals across the country could lose their tax exemption if the same analysis of for-profit activities is applied to them as a New Jersey Tax Court judge recently used in revoking a Morristown hospital's property-tax exemption, experts say.

 Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

By Melanie Evans  |  July 04, 2015

MRIs, CT scans and X-rays for low back pain patients dropped by half last year at the UPMC health system in Pittsburgh after doctors started seeing reminders in the electronic health record that such tests can be unnecessary, a move inspired in part by the Choosing Wisely campaign.

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