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EHR safety goes to court

EHR safety goes to court

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 25, 2016

A recently filed lawsuit alleging that a faulty electronic health record system caused patient harm may be among the first in a wave of such cases, even though most experts say the latest EHR systems are better designed than older models.

Beyond the EHR money pit

Beyond the EHR money pit

By Beth Kutscher  |  June 25, 2016

Demands for constant upgrades to already-installed electronic health record systems are slowing investment in other important digital technologies like telehealth, remote patient monitoring and online billing.

Under construction: Risk-based reimbursement

Under construction: Risk-based reimbursement

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 18, 2016

The CMS says it's well on its way to dragging hospital systems into the brave new world of risk-based contracting. The systems say, not really.

Drug companies fight generics with coupons

Drug companies fight generics with coupons

By Howard Wolinsky  |  June 11, 2016

Drugmakers are making increased use of consumer coupons, which are designed to thwart the high copays used by pharmacy benefit managers and insurers to channel consumers to less-costly generic drugs.

The PBM value-price equation

By Howard Wolinsky  |  June 11, 2016

Are the drugs excluded from formularies by pharmacy benefits managers really no better than what's available at a cheaper price?

When not-for-profit leaders serve on corporate boards

By Bob Herman  |  June 04, 2016

Corporate CEOs, attorneys, real estate moguls and other business leaders routinely serve on the boards of not-for-profit hospitals, systems and insurers. But some top executives at not-for-profit healthcare organizations also hold board seats at some of the largest publicly traded companies in the...

To pay or not to pay: Some not-for-profit systems give board members big pay

By Bob Herman  |  June 04, 2016

Over the past two decades, especially in the years since the ACA passed, there has been a gradual movement toward paying board members at national or regional hospital systems, integrated provider-payer organizations and insurers. And some of the payouts are quite substantial.

For-profit hospitals blaze separate path to efficiency, quality

For-profit hospitals blaze separate path to efficiency, quality

By Harris Meyer  |  May 28, 2016

A half-century after formation of the Federation of American Hospitals, for-profit hospital chains have moved beyond a scandal-plagued past to forge a permanent place in the healthcare landscape that features both collaboration and competition with not-for-profit systems.

Tapping new dimensions: the promise of 3-D printing

Tapping new dimensions: the promise of 3-D printing

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 21, 2016

Physicians have increasingly looked to 3-D printing for unique implants and surgical models, and some manufacturers are now using the method to mass produce medical devices and even drugs that are more precise, customizable and biocompatible than conventionally produced products.

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