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5 Intersections
From pay for performance to the rise of the uninsured, healthcare is eyeing a convergence that could transform the industry.

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Standard Setters
Many hospitals find excellence designations warrant the time and money they require.
Rule-Breaking Rainmakers
High-maintenance + high-revenue = HR headaches.
Quick Visits
Overcrowded hospitals look to short-stay units to get patients in and out.
Color Hazard
Charity bracelets blur an already opaque patient-band system.
Five Minute Consult
Two Systems, One Device
Looking to quash medication errors, a Pittsburgh hospital combines barcode and radio frequency technologies.
Reporter’s Desktop
EMR Experiment
A secure messaging development project pays off for a New Hampshire health system. It just took patience—three years worth.
DEAL!
An inside look at an IT contract.
Shifting Ownership
Hospitals are trying a new tack with some real estate projects: Let someone else build it.
MONEY TALK
Who’s up and who’s down
Metrics to Watch
Key ratios show lenders your hospital is building a healthy balance sheet.
CDHP Winners and Losers
Armchair Finance
10 Questions for Your Patient Financing Program

Providers and Payers Play Ball
It's regarded as a truism that, like cats and dogs, like Batman and Joker, healthcare providers will never get along with payers.
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