Hospital to pay off bills to speed transfer to computer-based system; Positive online reviews correlate with low death rates;

> Willmar, Minn.-based Rice Hospital, which installed a new computer system that integrates clinical and financial information on its patients, is offering a 25 percent discount to patients who pay off the entire balance of their bills for care incurred Jan. 31 or earlier, according to the West Central Tribune. The hospital wants to clear up all old bills to speed cash flow and avoid duplication. Article

> Positive web reviews of hospitals were associated with lower death rates, according to a study published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study, which ran from Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2010, examined ratings posted to a website created by the British National Health Service (NHS). Article

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