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Watching the Bottom Line

March 1, 2006
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Recent news coverage scandals leave some readers wondering who has their best interest at heart.

Healthcare organizations — just like other businesses — need to make money. And while seeing more patients might seem like a recipe for success, that only translates into good fiscal health if the organization is getting paid. To that end, revenue cycle management (RCM) software has become increasingly popular among providers in the scramble to increase accounts receivable collections and reduce reimbursement turn-around times. Our cover story this month (Getting Paid, page 22), focuses on the software and services around RCM to help executives understand all their options.

As healthcare providers consider RFID for their supply chains, there is good news. An ever-increasing amount of information gathered by early adopters is providing compelling evidence that RFID technology can deliver on those promises of profound disruption. (Tuning in to RFID, page 28)

In The Ties that Bind (page 16), experts examine core technical, process and cultural changes that have to take place for the integration of clinical laboratory information systems and the EMR.

The growing number of computer-based medical devices is creating some discomfort within healthcare organizations, as CIOs and biomedical engineers confront evolving management and security issues. Learn more in Blurring Lines; Blurring Roles (page 12).