Study shows effective methods to lower hospital acquired infections

Hospitalization is a high risk activity. Tens of thousands of patients die every year from hospital acquired infections (HAI). Many more become sickened by infections caused by hospital staff. A new study showed a dramatic decrease in these infections by simple, cost-effective methods. Expect swift changes in routine infection prevention protocols. Source: New England Journal of Medicine

Will we find out how much medical care really costs?

Our federal government is releasing its first  list of hospital charges for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. "Until now, these charges have been closely held by facilities that see a competitive advantage in shielding their fees from competitors. What the numbers reveal is a health-care system with tremendous, seemingly random variation in the costs of services." Source: The Washington Post