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Access to Mental Health Services Strained as Benefits Expand

Jacqueline Fellows

On any given day, there are scores of psychiatric patients waiting in emergency departments for an inpatient bed. The strain on the healthcare system will worsen this year, as federal rules expanding behavioral health benefits come into play. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Tavenner: No ICD-10 Delay, But Expect Some MU Relief

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has announced that the ICD-10 deadline will not be delayed, but she is offering relief to providers and vendors struggling to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements. >>>

PCMH Pilot Not Associated with Cost Reductions, Study Shows

A study of a three-year multi-practice patient-centered medical home pilot finds lackluster results. "We're now concerned that medical home transformations may not really achieve the goals set out for them at the rapid pace that people have hoped," says the study author. >>>

4 Twitter Tactics for Savvy Healthcare Providers

In the right hands, tweeting can greatly enhance a healthcare provider's brand. Four physicians with an active Twitter presence illustrate the basic tenets that lead to social media success. >>>

Retail Medicine Syncs with High-Deductible Health Plans

The rise of high-deductible health plans means more consumers will have healthcare coverage that mainly provides protection against catastrophic injury or illness. As these plans become more common, pharmacy chains and big box retailers are taking a greater interest in expanding their healthcare provider capacities. >>>

MA Payment Rates for 2015 Cloaked in Uncertainty

With weeks to go before federal regulators set the final figure for a payment rate cut to the Medicare Advantage program, insurers and financial analysts are predicting the blow will be twice as hard as what CMS proposed last week. >>>

Insurance Status a Factor in Trauma Care, Study Says

Insured patients who are admitted to non-trauma hospitals may be getting "suboptimal" care in comparison to uninsured trauma patients who are "dumped" or  transferred to trauma centers, a counterintuitive study finding  suggests. >>>

LGBT Health Disparities Persist, But Nurses Can Help

Healthcare providers are unable to optimally address a patient's health needs without knowing a person's sexual orientation. But assumptions of heterosexuality are the norm. Nurse leaders can work toward reducing heterosexism in healthcare. >>>



Intelligence Report

Industry Survey 2014: Forging Healthcare's New Financial Foundation

This award-winning survey shows how organizations are managing the shift from volume to value, including new and proven tactics to support collaborative care. Don't miss the bonus CEO report. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

Many Americans open to narrow doctor networks in Obamacare

Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2014

Highmark won't pay hospital rates for care in physician offices

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 27, 2014

Groups push FDA to revoke approval of highly potent painkiller

The Philadelphia Inquirer / HealthDay News, February 27, 2014

Opinion: A morbidly obese patient tests the limits of a doctor's compassion

The Washington Post, February 27, 2014

MaineGeneral hospital 'doing its best' amid bed shortage

Portland Press Herald, February 26, 2014

Popular US health reform plan may not cut costs, boost quality

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, February 26, 2014

Dad delivers baby himself — inside a hospital room

South Florida Sun Sentinel, February 26, 2014

New ACA insurance causes headaches in some doctors' offices

Kaiser Health News / NPR, February 25, 2014

Opinion: Even as a doctor with decent insurance, I had difficulty entering the healthcare system

The Atlantic, February 25, 2014

Doctor's X-ray postings unsettling

The Topeka Capital-Journal, February 24, 2014



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