Basic ambulance services provide better outcomes than more sophisticated ambulances; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital outlines plans for $560M building

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>  Patients with trauma, stroke, heart attack, and respiratory failure who were transported by basic life support ambulances had a better chance of survival than patients who were transported by advanced life support ambulances, according to a study of Medicare patients in urban counties nationwide published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Study

> The first public hearings on the possible sale of Daughters of Charity and what that means for two prominent California hospitals will take place this week, NBC Bay Area reports. Article

> MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in the District of Columbia plans to build a six-story, $560 million structure that features a 33-bay emergency room, a surgical pavilion with expanded operating rooms, underground parking and a rooftop helipad, according to The Washington Post. Article

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> The growing number of Americans addicted to opioids and other drugs is not just a public health crisis, but one that creates a genuine strain on the bottom lines of hospitals, Healthcare Finance News reported. Article

>  A Pennsylvania-based hospital system has introduced what it says is all-inclusive procedure pricing for its would-be patients. Article

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