In This Issue:

- Report Ranks U.S. Last Out of 11 in Health Care System Quality

- Analysis Identifies Un-Tracked Avoidable Hospital Complications

- Number of Doctors Employed by Hospitals Grew 34% Over 10 Years

- Hospitals Turn to Stand-Alone Clinic Model to Increase Presence

- Venture Capitalists Showering Digital Health Start-Ups With Funds

- Study Finds Hackers Increasingly Targeting Medical Records

- Hospitals Beginning to Bundle Payments to Make Bills Simpler

- More Pharmacists Showing Up in Hospital ERs to Cut Down on Errors

- Ten States Don't Require Background Checks for Home Health Aides

- As Hospitalist Workloads Increase, Costs, Lengths of Stay Rise

- Excerpt from Report Ranks U.S. Last Out of 11 in Health Care System Quality:

Despite having the costliest care, the U.S. ranks last among 11 industrialized countries on health care quality and access, according to a new report. Researchers said the U.S. was hurt by a lack of access to primary care and inefficiencies in the health care system overall.

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