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A Stitch In Time…Will Cost A Lot of Money | By Kim Bellard, December 5, 2013
It almost seems like piling on to pick on hospital pricing anymore, following such incisive articles already this year such as Steven Brill’s Time article “Bitter Pill” or Elizabeth Rosenthal’s “The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill” in the New York Times, but there just continue to be more examples of how irrational health care charges are in the U.S. health care system...click to continue
HCAHPS: Top 5 Cleanest Hospitals in the U.S.
- Westlake Regional Hospital (Columbia, Ky.) — 96 percent
- Stewart Memorial Community Hospital (Lake City, Iowa) — 95 percent (tie for 2nd)
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Source: Becker's Hospital Review
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