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Readmissions data from an American College of Cardiology's registry is now posted on a federal website, in a move toward more public reporting of procedural outcomes. >>>
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Despite some unique challenges, safety-net hospitals are achieving strong patient satisfaction results by focusing on compassionate care and quality outcomes. >>>
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