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Community hospitals reappraise destiny

Particular market variables are dictating whether a community hospital will merge with an academic medical center, for-profit hospital chain, other community hospitals, or go it alone, with each bringing advantages and disadvantages, both for the institution and the physicians who practice there.

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Medication safety efforts advance

Various agencies are endorsing IT-based medication error reduction systems, which is likely to spur movement by Pa. hospitals to invest in computerized prescriber order-entry (CPOE) or point-of-care prescription bar-coding systems.

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