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This article highlights seven key findings from Ariadne Labs’ research on hospital design and C-sections. The researchers found that design factors such as too much space between patient rooms and too few collaborative spaces for staff could drive up the care intensity and lead to unnecessary C-sections.

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Connecticut’s healthcare state innovation model is increasing the use of community health workers to bridge the gap between traditional healthcare and social services such as housing and transportation.

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A new report from the CDC shows that infant mortality in the US has declined by 15 percent over the last decade. Some states in the east and south of the country have seen declines of over 20 percent.

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A shorter, more intense version of radiation treatment for prostate cancer is growing in popularity despite a lack of effectiveness.

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According to a new study, patients are waiting an average of 24 days to schedule an appointment with a doctor.

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A recent study finds that Medicare patients with high-spending doctors have the same outcomes as patients with more frugal doctors. The author suggests that these high-spend doctors could reduce their costs while maintaining the same quality of care.

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Starting this summer, new medical residents can work up to 24 hours in one shift. Proponents say this will allow residents to complete a course of care for patients without having to transition them to a different doctor. Opponents note that exhausted residents can endanger patients.

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A study published by the American Geriatric Society says that longer hospital stays may prevent readmissions based on a study that suggests that transfers to post-acute care facilities increase risk for readmission.

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A proposed Texas bill would expand pharmacists’ scope of work to allow them to prescribe antibiotics and other drugs. Texas pharmacists are currently able to test patients for conditions such as strep throat but unable to prescribe the treatment.

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CEB and DirectPath have released a report that predicts that organizations can expect a 6 percent increase in healthcare costs in 2017.
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