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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.

Moving patient payment upfront

Moving patient payment upfront

By Dave Barkholz  |  May 21, 2016

The rise of high-deductible health insurance is challenging providers across the country to change the way they prepare for and collect payments from people getting hit with large out-of-pocket costs for care.

What, me buy insurance?

What, me buy insurance?

By Bob Herman  |  May 14, 2016

The tax penalty and other measures designed to get younger, healthier people to sign up for individual plans on the ACA's insurance exchanges have not accomplished their mission of preventing adverse selection.

Breast cancer screening guidelines spark a racial divide

Breast cancer screening guidelines spark a racial divide

By Sabriya Rice and Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 07, 2016

Some health and civil-rights advocates say guidelines that recommend women postpone breast cancer screenings until they are age 50 should not apply to black women, who are more likely to die if they contract the disease.

Logistics: The next target in the war on device costs

Logistics: The next target in the war on device costs

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 07, 2016

Hospitals—having spent the better part of the past decade working with their surgeons to narrow the variety of cardiovascular, orthopedic and other implants used in their operating rooms—are now looking for new ways to cut expenses related to these high-cost items.

Medicaid's unmanaged managed care

By Bob Herman  |  April 30, 2016

A new federal rule will encourage states to ramp up auditing of Medicaid managed-care insurers, many of which keep their medical spending hidden from public view.

Inside North America's first all-digital hospital

Inside North America's first all-digital hospital

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 30, 2016

The digital experience at Humber River Hospital in northwest Toronto begins the moment patients arrive. The sleek, square building feels like a small airport, with each registration area designated with a letter. Before arriving, patients look online to find out their check-in zone.

Merger indigestion: Big hospital mergers failing to deliver promised results

Merger indigestion: Big hospital mergers failing to deliver promised results

By Melanie Evans  |  April 23, 2016

Hospital operator mergers have created big—sometimes behemoth—health systems that will provide the scale necessary to achieve operating efficiencies and compete for more cost-conscious consumers. So they say. But some of the biggest mergers in recent years have so far failed to deliver.

15 Top Health Systems cultivate a culture of transparency

15 Top Health Systems cultivate a culture of transparency

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 23, 2016

Fostering a culture of transparency on performance measures is one of the key strategies used by the health systems that made this year's list of Truven Health Analytics' 15 Top Health Systems.

Dr. Benjamin's successful advocacy targets population health

Dr. Benjamin's successful advocacy targets population health

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 16, 2016

It's been nearly three years since former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin stepped away from the public eye as the nation's top doctor. As the driving force behind the creation of the White House's National Prevention Strategy, she worked to reduce preventable illness as a means of...

Patient quality playing bigger role in for-profit exec bonuses

By Dave Barkholz  |  April 16, 2016

Executives recruited into the C-suites of for-profit healthcare companies can expect their bonuses and at-risk compensation to be increasingly pegged to performance on patient quality, safety and satisfaction, experts say.

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