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Surgical-robot costs put small hospitals in a bind
By Jaimy Lee | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While overall sales of the da Vinci Surgical System are on the decline, a number of small and rural hospitals are considering acquiring the pricey machine, believing it will help them attract and retain surgeons and appeal to patients.
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Deal volume dips while value soars in first quarter
By Beth Kutscher | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Fewer deals and higher prices was the prevailing theme across the four healthcare industry sectors tracked in Modern Healthcare's first-quarter M&A Watch report for 2014.
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Truven's 15 Top systems: Consistency boosts quality
By Sabriya Rice | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Some hospital systems working to improve performance have turned the phrase "in a rut" into a constructive concept as they institute protocols to improve the consistency and efficiency of healthcare for patients.
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Proton-beam centers sprout despite evidence drought
By Jaimy Lee | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Widespread construction of expensive proton-beam therapy centers is galloping ahead, despite warnings from insurers and policy experts who decry the lack of evidence proving that the costly treatment produces better outcomes in prostate cancer patients, its most frequent use.
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A promising start
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Medicare's long-anticipated release of individual physician payments revealed there is huge potential in public use of this newly available data source—although not in the ways most observers expected.
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Unifying a disorganized system
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Health disparity might not have been a term Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of Dignity Health, was familiar with as a child growing up in Muskegon, Mich. But it was something he quickly became aware of once he began attending school in a neighborhood more affluent than the one where he lived.
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Bruised by ICD-10 delay, healthcare execs huddle over what to do next
By Joe Carlson, Joseph Conn and Andis Robeznieks | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare providers, insurers and other organizations now will have to wrestle with when they think the government will ultimately push the button on ICD-10 in deciding when they should start—or restart—training their doctors and workers.
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Denying access to big cancer centers may undermine narrow networks
By Sabriya Rice | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Patient access to some of the nation's best-known cancer-care centers could become a flashpoint in the simmering controversy surrounding the narrow networks being constructed by some insurers and healthcare providers.
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10 years after the revolution | Health IT coordinators look back at the nation's progress
By Joseph Conn | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Four men and one woman have held the nation's top health IT post since the position was first created 10 years ago, each with their own view of what's been accomplished and what lies ahead.
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State plans for dual-eligibles face tough challenges
By Virgil Dickson | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Several states are engaging in initiatives under the CMS' Financial Alignment Initiative to improve care for more than 9 million dual-eligibles by integrating Medicaid and Medicare benefits. But questions loom about enrollment volume, physician participation, plan quality, and whether costs will be...
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