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Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS | Distributed June 17, 2013
"Any system of care that depends on the personal knowledge and analytic capabilities of physicians cannot be trusted." For me, that quote — from Medicine in Denial and quoted by Leslie Kernisan, MD on The Health Care Blog in an article of the same name – presents loud and clear the rising conflict between health and human services that (for whatever rationalization) have resisted the adoption of an electronic health record (EHR). The point, I think, is pretty clear – "there exists far too much medical information for the human brain to keep it all in mind, and apply it in a consistent and thorough fashion during a medical encounter." The use of EHR systems as tools for metrics-based management – and superior services – is a focus of our OPEN MINDS team... Full Article
Emerging Insurer-Provider Integration
(06/15/13) One particular type of consolidation has unique implications in a number of markets – the merger of insurers and provider organizations. One of the largest of these combinations is the recent creation of the Allegheny Health Network, an integrated delivery care system created through an affiliation between Highmark and the hospitals and provider organizations in the West Penn Allegheny Health System... Full Article
Is Supportive Housing Your Next Service Line?
(06/14/13) With so many changes afoot, every executive team is thinking about new services as a new source of revenue. Both Joe Naughton-Travers' presentation about service line development, "New Service Line Development From A To Z: Tips, Tricks, & Advice", at this week's 2013 Planning & Innovation Institute – and the piece I read in the Circle a week ago about selecting that "next generation" positioning... Full Article
Weekly News Wire Headlines
Veterans Administration Selects 24 Organizations For Privatized Behavioral Health Pilots
Weekly News "Hot Off The Wire"
On June 3, 2013, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki said 24 provider organizations in nine states had been selected by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the VA to participate in a 24-site pilot program with private sector delivery of services for veterans with behavioral health disorders and their families. The pilot program is a new approach; normally all veterans services are provided by VA Medical Centers and clinics by VA staff. The pilots launched in response to President Obama’s August 31, 2012 Executive Order to improve mental health services for veterans... Full Article
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June 17, 2013 Edition
Texas Medicaid To Move Targeted Case Management & Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services To MCOs
KidsPeace Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Due To Large Pension Obligations
VA Seeks To Expand TBI Benefits To Five Secondary Conditions
Half Of SSI Recipients Reside In County Where One-Bedroom Rental Exceeds SSI Payment
Pennsylvania's Allegheny County Using 'Data Warehouse' To Identify Human Service Program Gaps
CMS Proposes Methodology For Medicaid DSH Payment Cuts In 2014 & 2015
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Monthly Management Newsletter Articles
The Strategic Issue Of Size: How Big Is Big Enough?
Cover Story - June 2013
Over the past few months, our team has focused on two key strategic issues for specialist organizations. The first is the growing payer preference for coordinated care management. The second—a separate but related issue—is economy of scale. Or, as most boards and management teams refer to it – how big is big enough?...
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