ACOs get patient engagement improvement tool; HHS gives $400M to develop bioterrorism remedies;

> Press Ganey and the American Medical Group Association launched a new tool called Coordinated Care Solution to help accountable care organizations improve patient engagement, both organizations announced Thursday. Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System uses the tool for its patient-centered medical home. Announcement

> Texas County Memorial Hospital agreed to pay $20,000 to settle civil monetary penalties under the patient dumping statute after sending a minor home from the emergency department without a medical screening, according to an Office of the Inspector General report released yesterday. Despite paying up, TCMH denied liability. Report summary

> Plano, Texas-based LHP Hospital Group and Hackensack (N.J.) University Health Network will take over ownership of Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge, N.J. The Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services approved the joint venture, allowing all parties to move forward so the deal can close next month. Statement

> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is dedicating $400 million to develop and manufacture remedies, such as vaccines and medicines, to possible bioterrorism or pandemic threats. "They will improve our ability to protect Americans' health in an emergency and help fill gaps in preparedness so that our nation can respond to known or unknown threats," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today in a statement. Announcement

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