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Physician Exam Scandal Inquiry Raises More Questions
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

The American Board of Internal Medicine's proposed sanctioning of 139 physicians for passing along and receiving exam questions from a test preparation company is getting messier. A lengthy appeals process is underway, and questions are growing about whom exactly is being targeted.[Read More]
  August 05, 2010

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Top 10 Most Costly, Frequent Medical Errors
Avoidable medical errors added $19.5 billion to the nation's healthcare bill in 2008, according to a claims-based study conducted by Millman, Inc. on behalf of the Society of Actuaries. The report lists the 10 most expensive errors in healthcare settings. Pressure ulcers—the most frequent type of expensive error—were most often preventable, the authors wrote.[Read More]
Hospital MRSA Infection Rates Plunge 28%
Invasive, hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections decreased "dramatically and significantly" by 9.4% per year from 2005 to 2008, a Journal of the American Medical Association report says.[Read More]
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