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Between an ER and Urgent Care: Urgency Centers

For many Minnesotans, the decision is easy: go to the hospital emergency room and wait for hours, or take their acute health problem to an urgency center. A new health…
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Welcome to the First U.S. Inpatient Treatment Program for Internet Addiction

Am I in charge of what I do on the Internet, or is it in charge of me? Can you be addicted to oxygen? Water? Something as ubiquitous as… the…
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“Getting On”: The New HBO Series Set in an Extended Care Hospital Unit

An American remake of a popular British TV series debuted Sunday, November 24. A late-night HBO comedy built around the idiosyncrasies of hospital extended care might seem like a strange…
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Hospitals Are Too Dull: Turn Up The Lights, Say Experts

Patients aren’t getting enough light during the day, says new research, which can affect their overall well-being. It’s pretty much a no-brainer that we feel better on a clear and…
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Here’s How One Team Got Health IT Right

Based on the hit-and-miss performance of many current EHRs and similar solutions on the market, it’s clear that many tech experts don’t quite understand how to make a truly useful…
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Reference Pricing: Another Tool That Saves Money, or a Limitation on Care?

Setting caps on medical costs may save us money… but not without sacrifice. In 2010, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (Calpers) made a big move to rein in how…
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The High Def ER: How Telemedicine Can Cut Costs and Boost Revenue for Hospitals

On a recent Saturday night, Dr. James Marcin, a pediatric critical care specialist, saw a 7-year-old girl with a bad case of pneumonia. Two and a half hours later, the…
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Beyond Laundry, IT, and Better Care: Why Hospital Alliances Could Become More Common

Twenty-three regional hospitals in Georgia have created a partnership called Stratus Healthcare and will share resources, information and manage patient care together. The hospitals will remain independent but will pool…