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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.

Late News

CMS trims boost to hospital rates to 0.9%

By Sabriya Rice , Adam Rubenfire and Virgil Dickson  |  August 01, 2015

The CMS lowered its final increase for hospital rates in 2016 to a scant 0.9%, down from the 1.1% increase it proposed in April. The move will heighten pressure on the nation's 3,400 acute-care hospitals to rein in costs and reduce unnecessary spending.

The Week Ahead

Struggling Accretive to report earnings after nixing Ascension offer

By Beth Kutscher  |  August 01, 2015

Accretive Health, the Chicago-based revenue-cycle management firm that recently turned down a takeover offer from Ascension Health, will give investors additional details on its financial performance when it reports earnings Wednesday.

Regional News

Two N.J. systems sue state over emergency services law

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 01, 2015

Two New Jersey health systems are suing the state, contending a new law unfairly takes away their role as advanced emergency medical service providers in their service areas.

Louisiana co-op health plan latest to announce shutdown

By Bob Herman  |  August 01, 2015

Louisiana Health Cooperative, the state's not-for-profit health plan created through the Affordable Care Act, will close by year-end. LAHC is the second co-op casualty in less than a year, and a sign that many other co-ops are on life support.

Chicago hospital expanding urgent-care settings

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 01, 2015

Chicago-based Swedish Covenant Hospital is expanding its Immediate Care Center program, joining a growing list of hospitals investing in urgent-care operations.

News

Providers back bill alerting Medicare patients about observation stays

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 01, 2015

Healthcare providers are expressing support for legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress that would require hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are under observation care in a hospital but have not been admitted. Some observers, however, say the measure doesn't address the...

Capella sale to REIT shows hospitals seek to monetize real estate

By Beth Kutscher  |  August 01, 2015

The sale of Capella Healthcare to a real estate investment trust heralds more deals to come between hospital operating companies and REITs as more providers realize it's time to cash in on their rich real estate portfolios, analysts say.

Participate in Modern Healthcare's annual post-acute care survey

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

Modern Healthcare's annual survey of post-acute care companies is now open. The data from participating organizations will be used to create a ranking of the nation's largest post-acute care companies, and also will be used to rank the largest rehabilitation providers and largest skilled-nursing...

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Features

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.

Editorial

Editorial: The benefits of rate regulation

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 01, 2015

In what must have been a terrible disappointment for Obamacare bashers on the presidential campaign trail, the early returns from California suggest the rate increases next year in the individual and small-group health insurance market will be modest. The news comes with a caveat: Everything may...

Guest Commentary
Letters

Trying to soar with feet stuck in mud, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

There are advances being made in healthcare that border on the stunning. Witness the gains made by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong as one example. Despite laudable gains in knowledge and therapeutics, our healthcare picture remains saddled by inefficiencies and an unsustainable cost structure. In that same...

Best Practices

Giving newborns distinct names cuts errors

By Maureen McKinney  |  August 01, 2015

Dr. Jason Adelman had long suspected that the naming system most hospitals use to temporarily identify newborns in the neonatal intensive-care unit could lead to confusion and wrong-patient errors. A new naming system showed how right he was.

Q&A

Meet the sheriff who runs the nation's largest psych facility

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

Cook County (Ill.) Sheriff Tom Dart describes how he is providing behavioral healthcare services for the jail inmates who need them and how he is working to keep people with mental health issues from returning to the facility that some have called the nation's largest mental healthcare institution.

By the Numbers

Home healthcare providers, 2015

August 01, 2015

A list of the nation's largest for-profit and not-for-profit home healthcare companies ranked by most-recent total net annual revenue based on federal filings. Source: Securities and Exchange Commission; Internal Revenue Service. Published Aug. 3, 2015, p. 34.

News Makers
Data Points

Data Points for Aug. 3, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

Data Points for the week of Aug. 3, 2015, covered the following topics: Veterans, antibiotic use, ultrasounds, drug prices, behavioral health

Outliers

Do screams give you the heebie-jeebies? Here's why

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

Of all the loud and annoying sounds in everyday life, few have the ability to command our attention like a scream—whether it's a crying baby, shrieking preteens or late-night revelers. It turns out there's a reason for that.

Dr. Schon rocks the house with the Foo Fighters

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

Baltimore-area orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lew Schon has another item to add to his 58-page curriculum vitae: Singing in front of 40,000 rock fans at Boston's Fenway Park.

Here comes the 'bride'

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

Abby, a 4-year-old battling leukemia at Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center, developed a special bond with her favorite nurse, Matt Hickling. So special that Abby told her mom she wanted to marry him.

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