Brookings Health System is following what hospital officials call a record-setting 2012 by taking a big step forward in its technology. The Brookings, S.D.-based health system in February became only the third healthcare provider in its state to acquire the da Vinci® Si™ robotic surgical system.

“The da Vinci Si surgical system provides additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room, resulting in improved patient outcomes,” Brookings Health System Operating Room and CSR Director Candace Johnson said in a statement. “Patient benefits of robotic surgery include less pain, a quicker recovery and minimal scarring. They also have less risk of infection, blood loss and shorter hospital stays.”

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Avamere Family of Companies is in the business of improving the lives of every individual it serves, CEO John Morgan says. “We’re really focused on that mission,” he says, noting that it serves seniors “across the entire continuum of post-acute care.”

Based in Wilsonville, Ore., Avamere operates 48 senior care locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Colorado that include independent and assisted-living facilities, hospices and pharmacies. Morgan notes that the company specializes in skilled nursing, homecare/hospice, rehabilitation and pharmacy services.

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If a simple test covered by insurance and taking only 30 minutes of your time each year could save your life, you would schedule it, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case for many women when it comes to yearly breast cancer screening.

James Polfreman, CEO of Solis Women’s Health, the largest independent provider of mammography in the country, notes that 50 percent of health-insured women over age 40 don’t get annual mammograms. The reasons vary, from fear of the results to lack of time or information.

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Parkview Health, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., has always had loyal employees who would do anything to meet the most aggressive of deadlines, no matter what the magnitude of the task. One recent task required them to get a new state-of-the-art facility – designed by more than 40 teams of hospital leadership and staff – operational in a small window of time.

“We set some aggressive timeframes to get work accomplished with the building of the new facility and implementation of new electronic medical records system,” says Sue Ehinger, president of Parkview Hospital and affiliates. “Some would say the deadlines were too aggressive, but our coworkers and physicians were up to the challenge.”

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Matrix Medical Network has a track record of profitable growth thanks to quality service to health plans, medical groups and plan members. Matrix provides prospective medical assessments around the country. Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., the company also has a contact center in Clearwater, Fla.

“We serve the Medicare Advantage market because more people are looking to Medicare Advantage health plans,” CEO Randy Dobbs says. “We deliver a great product and have the right people, processes and technology.”

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Finding daycare for children is difficult enough, but if the child has special needs or is disabled, conventional daycare providers often do not have the resources to provide one-on-one care. Manos Home Care’s in-home care services help parents go to work while their children stay at home with a full-time caregiver. The company also offers respite care so that parents or guardians can get a break to spend time with other children, run errands or just relax.

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Every decision made at King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) in Brookhaven, Miss. – starting with the highest-ranking executives on down – is weighed against the center’s mission to provide the best care possible as a Christian institution.

The mission – which specifically states, “Providing quality health and wellness in a Christian environment – is the reason behind KDMC’s success.

“This ethos comes from our administrative team and our board’s commitment to support the community,” Director of Marketing David Culpepper says. “Everything we do – from remodeling of our hospital to the new technology – we are making sure that the patients’ best interests are our No. 1 goal.”

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Healthcare costs add up for a variety of reasons, and ensuring that providers get reimbursed accurately and timely for the services they render is a complex process for payors and providers. However, when a payor receives a medical bill and no reimbursement contract exists with the provider, these are unmanaged or under-managed bills. In fact, according to Russ Sherlock of Health Systems International, while approximately 85 percent of all medical bills in the United States are in network and highly managed, the 15 percent left under-managed can account for approximately 40 percent of a payor’s medical spend.

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