Thursday, October 19, 2023 – KFF Health News

Adding mental health care at your PCP doesn’t cost more for insurers: Study

Research shows that, in the worst case scenario, insurance companies will “break even” on their investment. The study notes that the primary care office model is not intended for people with more severe forms of mental illness, such as schizophrenia or major depression.

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn Medicine, IBX Report Shows Savings from Mental Health Care in Primary Care

Research by Penn Medicine and Independence Blue Cross has found that a new model for providing and paying for mental health services in primary care settings does not increase overall costs for insurers. dangerous. These two organizations have been working on a new billing code created to help healthcare providers address mental health issues since 2018. Their work previously showed that Linking primary care and mental health services has increased the number of patients receiving needed behavioral health care and resulting psychiatric conditions. improve health. Researchers have long found a strong connection between physical and mental health. (Brubaker, October 18)

In the company update

Modern healthcare: Henry Ford Health, Ascension Michigan plan to combine

Henry Ford Health and Ascension Michigan plan to create a $10.5 billion health system with 13 hospitals in the Detroit area, the nonprofit health system said Wednesday. Henry Ford is headquartered in Detroit and Ascension’s Michigan division is headquartered in St. Louis described the deal as a joint venture, although eight Ascension Michigan acute care hospitals and an addiction treatment center involved in the cashless deal will be renamed Henry Ford Facilities and is led by Henry Ford chairman and CEO Robert Riney. (Kacik, October 18)

Statistics: Dana-Farber CEO: Separation from Mass General will benefit patients

Laurie Glimcher trained at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her father is the head of the orthopedic surgery department there, and her son is now a thoracic surgeon at the hospital. But Glimcher, CEO of neighboring Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has no qualms about the controversial decision to sever a 30-year partnership with the Massachusetts Generals’ parent organization. (DeAngelis, October 18)

Modern healthcare: VIllageMD Names Village Medical, Summit Health, CityMD Leadership

Walgreens-backed VillageMD is adding a leadership role to oversee the operations of Village Medical, Summit Health and CityMD. The executive appointment comes as Walgreens positions VillageMD as a key growth driver for the company. Dr. Rishi Sikka, formerly president of enterprise systems at Sacramento, California-based Sutter Health, was named president of Village Medical, which provides primary care services in clinics and via telemedicine. (Hudson, October 18)

Axios Cleveland: Cleveland Clinic spent 1.5% on charity, while paying CEO $6.6 million

Cleveland Clinic is once again making headlines for its limited investments in the community. The clinic was one of 12 large nonprofit hospitals that devoted less than 2% of their total revenue to charity care in 2021, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension recently discovered. (Allard, October 18)

Becker Hospital Review: Closed North Carolina hospital failed to submit compliance reports in five years

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health. admitted that it failed to provide compliance reports to the state of North Carolina regarding the five-year closure of Martin General Hospital, local news outlet WITN reported Oct. 18. The hospital is based in Williamston , NC closed on August 18, 3 due to financial difficulties. Quorum Health owns Williamston Corp. Hospital, which operates Martin General. These revelations come after an investigation from North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein.(Schwartz, October 18)

In other developments in the healthcare industry

Fierce Health Care: Wash Hospitals Sue to Block State’s Updated Charity Care Policy

Washington hospitals are seeking to take their state Department of Health to court over a September notice requiring some providers to provide charity care to poor patients regardless of where in the world they live. (Muoi, October 18)

Modern healthcare: Transparent data on hospital prices helps employers negotiate costs

Employers across the country are using price transparency data to tailor health plan benefits and push for legislation that would pressure hospitals to lower prices. Historically, employers have been reluctant to limit employee choice by cutting underperforming health care providers from their health plan networks. But that view has changed as employers continue to see costs rise. (Kacik, October 18)

Axios NW Arkansas: Mejo app simplifies medical record keeping

Ryan Sheedy, the parent of a child with a rare genetic mutation, became sick and tired of filling out repetitive forms for each new specialist’s office. So he built an app. (Igniter, October 18)

Modern healthcare: Why Community Hospital offers on-site child care for employees, community

Lack of child care can limit job opportunities for many parents, which also affects the workforce as a whole. The situation is especially worrying for industries such as healthcare, which are already struggling to find qualified staff. Community Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, solved this problem by opening its own early childhood education center on campus. Tawny Espinoza, the hospital’s chief development officer, explains how leadership does that. (October 18)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Experts want nurses to use AI in the workplace

Artificial intelligence (AI) is gradually penetrating many industries, from personal training to marketing. It shows particular promise in the health care sector, but experts say support from nurses and other clinical experts is key. While AI has the potential to make work easier in many ways, many in healthcare and other industries worry about being replaced by the latest technology. But a recent Med Page Today article argues that the risks to job security outweigh the potential benefits of AI and encourages nurses to embrace the changes ahead. (Williams, October 18)

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