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As hospital prices soar, a stitch tops $500
The New York Times
In a medical system notorious for opaque finances and inflated bills, nothing is more convoluted than hospital pricing, economists say. Hospital charges represent about a third of the $2.7 trillion annual United States healthcare bill, the biggest single segment, according to government statistics, and are the largest driver of medical inflation, a new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found.

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26 healthcare jobs among 50 projected fastest-growing
Becker's Hospital Review
According to a five-year jobs projection report from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists, 26 of the 50 jobs projected to grow the fastest from 2013 to 2017 are in the healthcare industry. The jobs range from high-skill jobs like occupational therapy to lower-skill personal care roles. The following are the 26 medical, allied health or health-related jobs projected to grow the most in the next five years, listed by percentage growth
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Emergency physicians add their top 5 tests and procedures list to Choosing Wisely Campaign
Healthcare Business & Technology
Despite being a Choosing Wisely partner since February, the American College of Emergency Physicians finally released its recommendation of the five tests and procedures physicians and patients should question when it comes to necessity. Choosing Wisely’s mission is to promote conversations among physicians and patients about using appropriate tests and treatments, and avoiding care when harm may outweigh benefits. To date, 54 socialites and 17 consumer groups have joined the campaign.
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The 25 most beautiful hospitals in the world
Healthcare Business & Technology
Hospital architecture and designs have transformed over time, from the once sterile white walls and stark decor to vibrant colors and eye-catching materials on the interior and exterior. The elements in today's best designs have been proven to improve patient care. Depending on the type of building, tying in elements of style and flair may be harder than expected. Hospitals are one type of building where functionality and design must go hand-in-hand.
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Second opinion: Santa gets the ax (who's next?)
Emergency Medical News
He roared into the room with a booming, "HO, HO, HO!" His red cheeks flushed with the cold of the Arctic air, steaming cookie in his mittened hand. Santa was a few minutes late to the first board meeting of the now incorporated, publicly traded Christmas Quality Industries.
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Metoprolol bringing big changes to emergency care for heart attacks
By Archita Datta Majumdar
While basic training remains as the foundation for prehospital care, emergency medical technicians must upgrade their skills constantly, which includes knowledge about latest medications and techniques to prevent in-transit worsening of condition and even death. A recent study on the beta-blocker drug metoprolol and its ability to lessen damage from heart attacks promises major changes in emergency medicine. It will no longer just focus on sustaining the patients until they reach the hospital but on administering drugs that will help them in faster recovery all the way.
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Are ACOs really different from HMOs?
HealthLeaders Media
Accountable care organizations are a "fad" and "not very different from the HMO model ... [with] a few bells and whistles, but otherwise it's the same old incentive to do as little as possible and find the healthiest patients you can," says a director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
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