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3 Actions That Could Save Community Hospitals
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

In the new era, data will be king, and if you can't show you're at least as good—and as cheap—as your competitors, you're likely not going to be around long. Here are three actions community hospitals should take to remain viable long-term, according to Skip Cimino, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton in NJ.
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  December 10, 2010

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4 Ways to Think About ACO Strategy
Stephen Jenkins from healthcare information company SG2, has written an excellent column here about the good and bad reasons to start reforming your organization into an accountable care organization. He makes a good point that with so many questions about the construct unanswered or even unanswerable, it makes sense to be prudent when translating strategy into action. [Read More]
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By now, many healthcare organizations are on the road to implementing electronic medical record and computerized physician order entry systems that we optimistically hope will cut costs, improve quality, and reduce medical errors—as well as comply with federal and state regulations. Now at least, there's some research to back up the promises behind these innovations. [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
Bill Exempts Doctors from FTC's Red Flag Rule on ID Theft
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Insurers vs. Hospitals: Who Has the Upper Hand?
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Doctors slash patients' lab-test costs
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Caritas owner to buy 2 more Mass. hospitals
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Southwest, PeaceHealth finalize merger
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Children's hospitals lose some drug discounts
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