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U.S. hospitals saw overall decline in health care-associated infections from 2011 to 2015

Surgical-site and urinary tract infections decreased, while rates of pneumonia and Clostridium difficile in the hospital held steady, according to data gathered by the CDC.

Productivity bonuses for hospitalists may decrease high-value care culture

Researchers surveyed hospitalists from 12 California hospitals about their institutions' culture of value-based decision making and found an association between high-value culture scores and how hospitalists were paid.

Care coordination bundle reduced total cost of care for Medicare and Medicaid patients

The intervention was also associated with decreases in the ED visit rate among Medicaid patients and a reduction in practitioner follow-up visits for both patient groups.

Palliative care guidelines updated with increased focus on collaboration, communication

The guidelines from the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care focus on two main concepts: that palliative care is inclusive of all people with serious illness and that timely consideration of palliative care is the responsibility of all who care for the seriously ill.

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