News Article | February 15, 2017
The Excelera network consists of point-of-care specialty pharmacies owned by health systems and academic medical centers. The network provides members nationally scaled infrastructure and support to help them develop best practices and gain access to limited-distribution drugs and biologics and restrictive payer agreements so members can provide continuity of care for their patients with complex and chronic conditions requiring specialty drugs and biologics. The network also serves as a national platform for collaboration to optimize outpatient specialty drug therapy for population health. “Partnering with Excelera to develop our specialty pharmacy operations is a win for our most complex patients, who will receive comprehensive specialty services more expeditiously than if we were to go it alone,” said Kyle Townsend, Director of Pharmacy Services Billings Clinic. “Plus, we get the benefit of access and insight from thought leaders across the country who are grappling with the same challenges of providing high-quality care at a reduced cost with the best possible patient outcomes.” “Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice that exemplifies the highest national standards in hospital care and management,” said Jim Fox, Chief Executive Officer of the Excelera network. “We are pleased to welcome Billings Clinic into our national network and look forward to building an enduring relationship.” Specialty pharmaceuticals are expensive drugs that require special handing and administration and are often used to treat the most ill and clinically complex patients. The Excelera organization will partner with Billings Clinic to develop key specialty pharmacy capabilities including training, operations, data aggregation, reporting for drug manufacturers and payers, revenue cycle management and pharmacy business office. ExceleraRx Corp. supports the Excelera® Specialty Pharmacy Network, a national network of specialty pharmacies based at health systems and academic medical centers, enabling member organizations to gain access to limited distribution drugs and restricted payer agreements. The Excelera network provides national-scale efficiency and collaboration to improve quality and value of outpatient specialty drug therapy for population health outcomes. Excelera’s mission is to “provide tools, technology and best practices around high-performing specialty pharmacy capabilities to network members, so that they can provide integrated, coordinated care to complex patients at the point-of-care leading to improved health outcomes and decreased healthcare costs.” For a current list of Excelera specialty pharmacy network members, or for more information about becoming a member of the Excelera national specialty pharmacy network, visit excelerarx.com or follow us on LinkedIn. Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 304-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,100 employees, including 450 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. More information can be found at http://www.billingsclinic.com
News Article | June 28, 2017
LOUISVILLE, Ky. & BILLINGS, Mont.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (“Kindred”) (NYSE:KND), Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to create a partnership to construct and operate a 34-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Billings, Montana. The new inpatient rehabilitation hospital, The Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana, will offer all private rooms and treat patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. The hospital will meet the growing clinical needs of Billings, the state and region. Kindred will manage the day-to-day operations of the hospital, which is expected to employ more than 100 caregivers and staff. Subject to several regulatory and other approvals, the partners expect the inpatient rehabilitation hospital to open by the first quarter of 2019. Kindred and St. Vincent Healthcare have an existing relationship as Kindred manages New Hope, the inpatient rehabilitation unit at St. Vincent Healthcare. Kindred and St. Vincent Healthcare plan to transfer the operations of this unit to the new rehabilitation hospital once it is open. “We are pleased to work with the two premier healthcare providers in Billings to offer this high-quality post-acute care resource for the benefit of the community,” said Jason Zachariah, President of Kindred Rehabilitation Services, a division of Kindred. “St. Vincent Healthcare has been a great partner and we look forward to working with Billings Clinic on this quality-focused collaboration.” “This collaboration will provide our community and the region greater access to new, high-quality rehabilitation services close to home,” said Randall Gibb, M.D., Billings Clinic Interim Chief Executive Officer. “We are bringing together the resources and knowledge of two of the strongest healthcare organizations in the region with Kindred’s nationally-recognized expertise in post-acute care to build and operate this facility, the first of its kind in Montana. This will strengthen the system of providing rehabilitation services already integrated within our organizations and we know this new partnership will benefit people across the region.” “We are pleased to be part of this unique collaboration to continue to provide specialized inpatient rehabilitation services to patients across Montana,” said Steve Loveless, St. Vincent Healthcare and SCL Health Montana President. St. Vincent Healthcare is part of SCL Health, based out of Denver, Colorado. “All three organizations have worked together to ensure patients will receive high-quality services and team-based care so they are able to return to the life they want to live.” Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a top-90 private employer in the United States, is a FORTUNE 500 healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of approximately $7.2 billion(1). At March 31, 2017, Kindred through its subsidiaries had approximately 100,100 employees providing healthcare services in 2,624 locations in 46 states, including 82 long-term acute care hospitals, 19 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 91 nursing centers, 19 sub-acute units, 619 Kindred at Home home health, hospice and non-medical home care sites of service, 101 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based) and contract rehabilitation service businesses which served 1,693 non-affiliated sites of service. Ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Healthcare Companies for eight years, Kindred’s mission is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and shareholder we serve. For more information, go to www.kindredhealthcare.com. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 304-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,200 employees, including more than 450 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. More information can be found at www.billingsclinic.com. St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana was founded in 1898 and is one of the largest tertiary care hospitals in Montana. With 286 licensed and 201 staffed beds, St. Vincent Healthcare provides inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic services to over 400,000 patients throughout eastern and south central Montana, as well as northern Wyoming. St. Vincent Healthcare’s comprehensive, quality-driven and innovative services include: cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, neurosciences, general surgery and primary care. St. Vincent Children’s Healthcare is the state’s only medical center providing a complete spectrum of care for mothers and babies, including the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, newly renovated Labor and Delivery area and Level III-B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. St. Vincent Healthcare supports 31 outpatient clinics, a Hybrid Operating suite, CyberKnife Radiosurgery System, da Vinci Surgical System and operates its HELP Flight program (fixed-wing and helicopter) with over 800 flights per year. The hospital employs approximately 2,100 staff and has nearly 500 members on its medical staff. To learn more, visit www.svh.org.
News Article | May 9, 2017
In today’s highly competitive hospital environment, 86% of women would travel at least 50 miles for a hospital that was rated best in patient experience, according to a national survey with over 1,000 women respondents. To help women set their navigation systems in the right direction, the trusted research and referral source announced today its list of the 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in honor of National Hospital Week, May 7th - 13th, 2017. Patient experience includes several aspects of health care delivery that patients highly value when they seek and receive care, such as getting timely appointments, easy access to information, and good communication with health care providers. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, good patient experience positively correlates to disease management, adherence to treatment plans and health outcomes. The methodology used to select America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience is unique in that it evaluates specific Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. The Women’s Choice Award collects the data for the following HCAHPS survey measures and uses a weighted average to award the best hospitals for patient experience: Facilities were ranked among the top 100 hospitals of similar size based on number of beds. “Hospital choice is a critical decision, particularly for women who make 80% of healthcare decisions,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “Our patient experience award gives them the confidence that they have selected a hospital where they and their families are more likely to receive care that is truly patient-centric for the best possible outcomes.” The following elite facilities are among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience and carry the Women’s Choice Award seal, signifying their commitment to the healthcare of women and their families: Adventist Health Castle, Kailua, HI Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital at Sherman, Sherman, TX Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX Billings Clinic, Billings, MT CarolinaEast Medical Center, New Bern, NC Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory, NC Central Valley Medical Center, Nephi, UT CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, TX Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby, MN Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon, OH Greenwich Hospital, A Member of Yale New Haven Health, Greenwich, CT Hill Country Memorial Hospital, Fredericksburg, TX Iowa Specialty Hospital, Belmond, IA Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette, LA Lincoln Surgical Hospital, Lincoln, NE Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC Orange City Area Health System, Orange City, IA Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, Glendale, WI Pullman Regional Hospital, Pullman, WA Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Center, Mount Vernon, KY Saint Francis Healthcare System, Cape Girardeau, MO Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ St Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington, LA St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton CA Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake, Southlake, TX The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ UCLA Health, Los Angeles, CA UMC Health System, Lubbock, TX Union General Hospital, Inc., Blairsville, GA West Park Hospital District, Cody, WY White Plains Hospital, White Plains, NY Woman's Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA For more information on America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience, please visit https://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/best-hospitals/100s-best/ ABOUT THE WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD® The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award was recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2016 for a second consecutive year. The Women’s Choice Award will be hosting the first annual Women’s Choice Award® Show, where awarded hospital CEOs will be honored. Visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/ to learn more. The information contained in this release is not permitted to be used in a non-press related context without the express prior written consent of the Women’s Choice Award.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Billings Clinic, Montana’s largest healthcare organization, and InSight Telepsychiatry are pleased to announce a new partnership to increase inpatient and emergency psychiatric coverage. The program is designed to lessen wait times for psychiatric evaluations, admission, and treatment decisions. The partnership gives Billings Clinic staff access to a team of remote psychiatrists who can do psychiatric evaluations, follow-up consultations and medical consultations through telehealth using video calls. Nurses and emergency department physicians can now connect patients with a remote telepsychiatry provider in as little as an hour. The telepsychiatry program runs from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., 7 days per week. Since, psychiatric emergencies often happen at night or on weekends, this schedule means that individuals in crisis are able to get the care they need more quickly. The program is a result of a partnership between Billings Clinic and InSight Telepsychiatry, the leading national telepsychiatry organization and partner of MHA Ventures, a subsidiary of the Montana Hospital Association. Montana, like many other states across the country, struggles to have sufficient psychiatric coverage in its hospitals and clinics due to a national shortage of psychiatrists. At nearly double the national average, Montana has the highest suicide rate in the United States with more than 23 suicides per 100,000 people. Additionally, over 75% of Montana’s population has inadequate access to psychiatry. So with the option to utilize remote providers, telepsychiatry and other telemedicine services represent unprecedented access to specialists who are typically difficult to recruit in rural and underserved areas. “Really, the best thing about a program like this one,” says InSight’s Medical Director Jim Varrell, MD, “is that Montanans now have access to psychiatric services where they may not have had previously.” ”This partnership is another step for Billings Clinic toward improving mental health care for people in crisis,” said Lyle Seavy, Billings Clinic Director of Psychiatry, “We are addressing those peak times when staffing is a challenge to help meet the needs of our patients, help reduce strain on our staff and help improve the experience for people in a mental health crisis.” As a result of the partnership, the telepsychiatry program is expected to expand into additional Billings Clinic facilities. In addition to facility-based models of telepsychiatry, InSight is also working with the Montana chapter of Mental Health America to offer telemental health care to individuals in their home or other private spaces online. Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 285-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,000 employees, including more than 400 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. More information can be found at http://www.billingsclinic.com. InSight is the leading national telepsychiatry service provider organization with a mission to increase access to quality behavioral health care through telehealth. InSight’s behavioral health providers bring care into any setting on an on-demand or scheduled basis. InSight has 18+ years of telepsychiatry experience and is an industry thought-leader. More information can be found at http://www.InSightTelepsychiatry.com. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Suicide: Montana 2016 Facts and Figures. (2016). In American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Retrieved January 12, 2017, from [2 Mental Health Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). (2016, September 8). In Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved January 12, 2017, from http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/mental-health-care-health-professional-shortage-areas-hpsas/?currentTimeframe=0
News Article | February 21, 2017
AURORA, Colo. and BILLINGS, Mont., Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Billings Clinic, Montana's leader in pediatric specialty care, and Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado), one of the nation's top 10 children's hospitals, today announced they have formed a care alliance to...
Burke J.M.,Billings Clinic
Cytokine and Growth Factor Reviews | Year: 2010
Monoclonal antibody therapy for cancer has significantly altered the natural history of several common cancers. This success was attained only after many years of failure to understand the technical limitations of antibody therapy. In order to further exploit the immune system, tumor vaccine strategies are an active research focus. Virus based immune agents including GM-CSF armed vectors are among these early efforts. Herpes, adenovirus, and vaccinia based vectors encoding GM-CSF have reported intriguing early clinical trial results that are reviewed here. © 2010.
Burke J.,Billings Clinic
Cytokine and Growth Factor Reviews | Year: 2010
Approximately 50,000 cases of superficial bladder cancer are diagnosed annually in the United States. Immunotherapy utilizing intravesical BCG is the most effective standard therapy for superficial transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. Based on ease of administration, limited systemic dissemination, and the demonstrated activity of immunotherapy, superficial bladder cancer is an excellent target for virus based gene and immunotherapy. Thus far, clinical trials of virus therapy for bladder cancer have yielded mixed results. In this paper the results of several virus based clinical trials for bladder cancer are reviewed. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Weaver D.T.,Billings Clinic
Current Opinion in Ophthalmology | Year: 2013
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To examine and review digital retinal imaging via telemedicine as an important screening and diagnostic tool in the management of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). RECENT FINDINGS: The use of wide-angle digital retinal photography to detect clinically significant ROP has been described in numerous reports since 2000. Comparisons with the gold standard of binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy have been favorable. Digital image capture can provide more objective information for disease detection, thereby facilitating internet consultation and retrospective analysis as part of the electronic medical record. As the presence of plus disease in ROP is now the most important criteria for determining the need for laser treatment, computer-based image analysis can potentially provide additional benefit to digital retinal imaging. Telemedicine screening also allows for the extension of diagnostic expertise to underserved areas in both the developed and third world. The role of telemedicine in ROP education will impact both screening efforts and traditional fellowship training in future years. SUMMARY: As the worldwide incidence of ROP continues to rise, the use of telemedicine for screening, diagnostic and educational purposes will assume increasing importance in the delivery of healthcare for premature infants. © 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Billings Clinic | Date: 2014-07-07
A computerized system manages health documents in a computer database. Each document in the database is associated with an author, which is in turn associated with group. When documents for a patient are listed for a user, the computerized system uses the users own group assignment within the database to organize and present the patient documents. Rules associated with the users group create ad hoc categories of documents that are of special interest to the user.
Weaver D.T.,Billings Clinic
Journal of AAPOS : the official publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus / American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus | Year: 2012
To demonstrate the feasibility of telemedicine screening for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) by summarizing the results of our experience screening premature infants at a distant hospital in a rural location. Records of all premature infants remotely screened for ROP at a neonatal intensive care unit in Great Falls, Montana, from January 1, 2007 to June 30, 2011, were retrospectively reviewed. The RetCam II imaging system was used to capture retinal images, which were posted on a secure server for evaluation by one of two pediatric ophthalmologists. Infants suspected of having ROP approaching the criteria for laser treatment were transferred to a hospital, where a diagnostic examination was performed and treatment administered when indicated. All other infants received an outpatient diagnostic examination within 2 weeks of discharge. A total of 582 telemedicine examinations were performed on 137 infants during the study period. Of 13 infants transferred for referral-warranted ROP, 9 ultimately required laser treatment. Good outcomes were noted in all cases, with none progressing to stage 4 or 5 ROP. Telemedicine ROP screening detected patients at a remote site in need of laser treatment, allowing prompt transfer with no poor outcomes over a 4.5-year period. Our experience demonstrates the utility of remote screening for ROP. Copyright © 2012 American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.