Advanced life support improves chances of survival; Hospital requires patient photo to prevent medical ID theft;

> Forty-three hospitals and other healthcare providers in Maryland are seeking federal funds to reduce readmission rates, reports the Baltimore Business Journal. Article

> About 1,500 patients flooded emergency rooms at Alabama hospitals in the wake of tornadoes, reports the Birmingham News. Article

> The use of advanced life support--like breathing devices, electronic monitoring and pacemakers--increased the likelihood of survival after hospitalization by 50 percent compared with basic life support measures, according to researchers from the University of Athens. Study

> White County Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Ind., has merged with Indiana University Health, reports the Journal and Courier. IU Health will allow the local hospital board to have input in future hospital operations. Article

> To help prevent the theft of medical information, Scotland Health Care System in Laurinburg, N.C., will require patients to present a photo I.D., in addition to providing their full name, date of birth, and address, reports the Laurinburg Exchange. Article

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