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NEW YORK— Doc­tors at NYU Lan­gone Med­i­cal Cen­ter in New York are ex­pect­ing re­search con­ducted at the soon-to-open NYU Wire­less cen­ter to con­trib­ute to gamechang­ing ad­vances in medicine. The 23,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity, set to open this win­ter, will be staffed by NYU Lan­gone physi­cians as well as en­gi­neers, com­puter sci­en­tists, fac­ulty and students from the univer­sity, the NYU School of Medicine and NYU Polytech­nic In­sti­tute. Their re­search will fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of cel­lu­lar tech­nol­ogy. “We have great minds sit­ting around the ta­ble try­ing to de­cide what to tackle first,” said Dr. Marc Bloom, di­rec­tor of pe­ri­op­er­a­tive tech­nol­ogy at NYU Lan­gone. Among the med­i­cal re­search projects: de­vis­ing faster, less-in­va­sive imag­ing to study or­gans such as the brain or heart. Ad­vances could in­clude new MRI scans that take only a few sec­onds and cap­ture a beat­ing heart in real time. That tech­nol­ogy would let doc­tors per­form­ing a pro­ce­dure such as car­diac ab­la­tion see if they cor­rectly zapped heart mus­cle cells to stop an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat. Brain sur­geons could see if they had re­moved enough of a tu­mor. “We’ll get bet­ter, cleaner pic­tures inside the body in less time,” Bloom said. An­other project in­volves be­ing able to in­sert tiny mon­i­tor­ing de­vices in pa­tients that will be able to tell doc­tors how well a joint re­place­ment is hold­ing up, whether an epilepsy pa­tient is about to have a seizure, or whether a car­diac pa­tient is in dan­ger of hav­ing a heart at­tack. “With this tech­nol­ogy, we will be able to check a body sys­tem, mea­sure whether our in­ter­ven­tion is func­tion­ing and see if there is any im­prove­ment in the pa­tient’s health,” Bloom said. The in­sti­tute’s work will be funded by a $2 mil­lion Na­tional Sci­ence Foun­da­tion grant. NYU is in­vest­ing $3 mil­lion in startup money and $4 mil­lion to build out the space.

—Crain’s New York Busi­ness

NE­WARK, N.J.— Hori­zon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey said more than 40,000 in­di­vid­u­als will be in­cluded un­der a newly launched ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion with Optimus Health­care Part­ners. The ACO, which will in­clude 11 New Jersey coun­ties, will of­fer in­cen­tive pay­ments to the 104 pri­mary-care doc­tors in­cluded in the deal and will in­clude com­mer­cially in­sured and Medi­care Ad­van­tage pa­tients, ac­cord­ing to a Hori­zon news re­lease. The 42 pri­mary-care prac­tices in the deal may use in­cen­tive pay­ments to sup­port clin­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Doc­tors who reach cer­tain per­for­mance tar­gets per­tain­ing to costs, qual­ity and pa­tient sat­is­fac­tion will re­ceive a share of sav­ings. Optimus was founded by the Vista Health Sys­tem IPA and the Cen­tral Jersey Physi­cian Net­work and has also part­nered with At­lantic Health Sys­tem, Mor­ris Som­er­set IPA and Mor­ris Area In­te­grated Physi­cians IPA.

GARD­NER, MASS.— Hey­wood Hospi­tal, a 109-bed hospi­tal in Gard­ner, and 12-bed Athol (Mass.) Memo­rial Hospi­tal signed a let­ter of in­tent to form a strate­gic al­liance that will align the community hos­pi­tals. Hey­wood and Athol plan to cre­ate a par­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion that will be gov­erned by a sin­gle board. Win­field Brown, Hey­wood’s pres­i­dent and CEO, will lead both hos­pi­tals. A Hey­wood spokes­woman said in an e-mail that there are no fi­nan­cial terms to the al­liance. “Af­fil­i­a­tion be­tween Athol Memo­rial and Hey­wood will pro­vide long-term fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity for these or­ga­ni­za­tions while re­tain­ing lo­cal con­trol,” Jim Mee­han, Athol’s in­terim pres­i­dent and CEO, said in a news re­lease. “Work­ing to­gether, we will be able to make in­vest­ments in health­care tech­nolo­gies, our health­care staff and new and ex­panded ser­vices to meet the chang­ing health­care needs of the peo­ple of north cen­tral Mas­sachusetts.” The af­fil­i­a­tion will re­quire ap­proval from the Mas­sachusetts Pub­lic Health Depart­ment and the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice.


Pres­tige Care has pur­chased nine Ea­gle Health­care skilled-nurs­ing and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters in Idaho, Ore­gon and Wash­ing­ton. Pres­tige will as­sume own­er­ship and man­age­ment du­ties Oct. 1. Fi­nan­cial terms of the deal weren’t dis­closed. Pres­tige, a se­nior-care provider, also op­er­ates cen­ters in Alaska, Ari­zona, Cal­i­for­nia, Mon­tana and Ne­vada; the trans­ac­tion gives the com­pany 65 fa­cil­i­ties. “This is an ex­cit­ing time of growth for Pres­tige,” com­pany Pres­i­dent and CEO Harold De­la­marter said in a news re­lease. Be­fore the deal, Ea­gle, based in Kirk­land, Wash., owned 12 fa­cil­i­ties—10 in Wash­ing­ton and one each in Idaho and Ore­gon—ac­cord­ing to its web­site. ORANGE, CALIF.—

St. Joseph Health, Orange, and Hoag Memo­rial Hospi­tal Pres­by­te­rian, New­port Beach, Calif., signed a let­ter of in­tent to af­fil­i­ate and form a new in­te­grated re­gional health sys­tem made up of their re­spec­tive South­ern Cal­i­for­nia hos­pi­tals, the two or­ga­ni­za­tions an­nounced. A to-be­named com­pany with its own board would be formed un­der the terms of the deal and would fo­cus on co­or­di­nat­ing health­care in the re­gion, said Deb­o­rah Proc­tor, pres­i­dent and CEO of St. Joseph Health, at a news con­fer­ence. “This is not a merger, there is no trans­fer of as­sets,” Proc­tor said. Un­der the pro­posed deal, St. Joseph, which has five hos­pi­tals in the re­gion, and two-cam­pus Hoag would re­tain their in­di­vid­ual iden­ti­ties and faith af­fil­i­a­tions, Catholic and Pres­by­te­rian, re­spec­tively, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The two or­ga­ni­za­tions also plan to con­sider part­ner­ships with other health­care par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional and non­tra­di­tional health­care providers. “We be­lieve there are bet­ter ways to pro­vide health­care ser­vices in a co­or­di­nated and in­te­grated way,” and this new com­pany aims to do that, said Dr. Richard Afa­ble, Hoag’s pres­i­dent and CEO. The next step in the process is to ap­ply for ap­proval from the Cal­i­for­nia at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice; this is expected to take place in Oc­to­ber, and more than 100 days could be re­quired for a de­ci­sion, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Ear­lier this month, it was an­nounced that Mis­sion In­ter­nal Med­i­cal Group, a 71-physi­cian in­ter­nal medicine prac­tice based in Mis­sion Viejo, Calif., will join St. Joseph Her­itage Health­care, a physi­cian prac­tice or­ga­ni­za­tion of large mul­ti­spe­cialty groups and in­de­pen­dent prac­tices.

Proc­tor: “This is not a merger, there is no trans­fer of as­sets.”

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