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Experts increasingly point to the high cost of care in America — not necessarily the overuse of care — as the chronic illness of the U.S. system. Here's one model for reporting on the story in your local market.
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The quality of primary health care is suffering on many different levels. For example, research shows that one-fifth of primary care patients are not informed about their abnormal test results.

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While nearly half of Florida's kids rely on Medicaid, the program has battled persistent problems that have often left children without proper care. Reporter Maggie Clark of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune shares five key lessons from her reporting deep-dive.

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Mission Hospital is one example of how hospitals – even some with shining reputations and awards and special certifications – can fail to follow protocols aimed at preventing dangerous infections that can easily start and spread inside their facilities.

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As Medicare makes a big push towards paying providers based on value rather than volume over the next few years, Accountable Care Organizations will be expected to start making good on their promise to cut costs and improve quality of care. But so far, their track record has been rather mixed.

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It just got even easier to see whether your hospital has a significant infection problem. If state and federal agencies were racing to provide the most useful information in the simplest to understand format, Hospital Compare just took the lead.

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One of the most powerful U.S. government agencies is bungling its public duties by planning to remove information about hospital-acquired conditions measurements from a website that allows patients to see how hospitals stack up against the national average.

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While school-based health centers around the country have increased students’ access to health care, some children and teens still have limited access to needed services, like behavioral health and dental care.

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Terri Langford fought one of the largest government agencies on the planet — the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) — and won big. Here's more on how she faced down dismissive bureaucrats to report on fraud and mismanagement.

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A grim future for California's adult day health centers, Groupon's move into health care, colon cancer deaths on the decline and more from our Daily Briefing.

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