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Thinking small: Pediatric facilities built with behavioral health in mind

Thinking small: Pediatric facilities built with behavioral health in mind

By Alex Kacik  |  September 01, 2018

As often-overlooked mental illnesses become more commonly treated, pediatric-care providers are hiring more behavioral health specialists, building more private rooms, integrating more play areas, and weaving in more soothing, nature-related elements.

Medicare ACOs saved CMS $314 million in 2017

Medicare ACOs saved CMS $314 million in 2017

By Maria Castellucci and Virgil Dickson  |  August 30, 2018

The 472 Medicare ACOs generated a total of $1.1 billion in savings in 2017, allowing the CMS to make a $313.7 million gain from the program after dishing out bonuses. The savings come as the CMS looks to overhaul the program.

Health insurers look for ways to cut costs for back surgery

Health insurers look for ways to cut costs for back surgery

By Jay Greene  |  August 27, 2018

Back surgery is one of the most overused types of surgery and back pain is the most common ailment that sends patients to doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists. More than $90 billion a year is spent on low-back pain alone.

Few hospitals dedicate space for family caregivers, but that could change

Few hospitals dedicate space for family caregivers, but that could change

By Tara Bannow  |  August 15, 2018

Montefiore's Burke Rehabilitation Hospital opened what it says is the nation's first family-caregiver resource center in a rehab hospital. They're also rare in acute-care hospitals, but efforts to reduce readmissions could convince hospitals to add them.

Value-based purchasing programs tougher for academic hospitals

Value-based purchasing programs tougher for academic hospitals

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 08, 2018

A Navigant study found 24% of academic medical centers received penalties for their performance on three of the CMS' value-based payment programs in fiscal 2018 while 13.7% of community hospitals received penalties.

Back pain patients get fast therapy with St. Luke's spine program

Back pain patients get fast therapy with St. Luke's spine program

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 01, 2018

St. Luke's University Health Network has created a new program that ensures patients with lower back pain get access to physical therapy within 48 hours to prevent chronic back pain that can lead to surgery and opioid dependency.

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