NEW YORK-The Visiting Nurse Service of New York has established a managed-care group to broaden its scope of services and attract new managed-care clients. The VNS hopes to increase its volume of commercially insured patients to 15% from 10%. The managed-care group is headed by Mary Sibley, who's served as the VNS' director of AIDS services since September 1992. Through specialized home-care packages and flexible pricing arrangements, the VNS intends to provide one-stop shopping for managed-care firms' home-care needs. The VNS provides home healthcare services to more than 20,000 New Yorkers every week.
HARRISBURG, Pa.-Capital Health System and Polyclinic Health System are discussing a possible alliance. The two Harrisburg-based not-for-profit systems are studying whether combining services would reduce costs and allow for investments in new types of services. Capital Health System is the parent of 417-bed Harrisburg Hospital, 52-bed Seidle Memorial Hospital, Mechanicsburg, Pa., and a variety of other healthcare companies. Polyclinic Health System includes 500-bed Polyclinic Medical Center of Harrisburg, Polyclinic Regional Cancer Center and other healthcare services. The systems jointly own Pennsylvania Home Infusion Therapy Associates.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.-Atlantic Mental Health Center, a Pleasantville, N.J.-based provider of mental health and behavioral services to 20,000 shore-area residents, is merging with AtlantiCare Health System. AtlantiCare is the parent of Atlantic City Medical Center and AtlantiCare Health Plans. The merger is expected to reduce waiting times to see an outpatient psychiatrist, expand psychiatric emergency service outreach and reduce inpatient stays. Donald Parker, president of Atlantic Mental Health, will lead Atlantic City Medical Center's 31-bed inpatient psychiatric unit and emergency psychiatric program. Charles Meusburger, M.D., chairman of Atlantic City Medical Center's psychiatry department, will become medical director.