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Fewer than 1 in 4 hospitals have both low-mortality and low-cost care for AMI, HF, and pneumonia

There were statistically significant but weak inverse correlations between hospitals' 30-day mortality rates and payments for the conditions, suggesting substantial opportunities to improve the efficiency and value of care, according to the study authors.

Score predicts 90-day readmission risk after myocardial infarction

Predictive factors that could be identified before discharge included age, heart failure, heart rate, dialysis, diabetes, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral artery disease, and chronic lung disease.

Patients with hematologic malignancy, multiorgan failure appear to benefit from ICU care

One-year survival rates were lower with organ failure than without but remained relatively high even in patients with two or more failing organ systems, the study authors said.

Inpatients more likely to receive nicotine replacement therapy when hospitalists involved

Hospitalists were more likely to provide tobacco cessation counseling to patients who were discharged home and had a minor severity of illness compared to higher-acuity patients.

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