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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.
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.
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

Addressing the Big Challenges

The buzz about Big Data for the healthcare industry is getting louder.

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