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Location, location, location. Almost 60 percent of variation in hospital readmissions may be attributed to the county where a hospital resides, according to a study published online April 9 in Health Services Research. The findings challenge Medicare’s use of financial penalties for hospitals with higher than expected readmission rates.

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The rates of CT perfusion and CT angiogram for acute ischemic stroke markedly increased from 2006 to 2010 and both modalities were associated with increased reperfusion therapy use, according to a study published in the April issue of Stroke

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Fifteen of the 25 high-risk devices approved by the FDA between 2008 and 2011 for use in children were cardiovascular therapeutics, with approval for 22 of the 25 devices based on studies that enrolled patients 18 years and older, according to a study published online April 14 in Pediatrics.

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Medical malpractice claims and costs are likely to rise as changes from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act take effect, an analysis by RAND Corp. predicted.

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Some patients hospitalized for various cardiac illnesses who had or developed mental health conditions fared better under a low-intensity care program in a clinical trial. The results were published online April 14 in JAMA Internal Medicine.