Infectious disease specialists reduce risk of death; Combining Chinese, Western medicine may improve cancer treatments;

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> Hospitalized patients with severe infections are at reduced risk of dying if they are treated by an infectious disease specialist, according to a study in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Abstract

> Spurred on by healthcare reform, hospital systems are transitioning from treating sick patients to a model that aims to keep patients consistently healthy, MedCity News reports. Article

> Experts at Cardiff University in Wales and Peking University in China are forming a partnership to see how combining Chinese and Western medicine could benefit cancer patients, according to the University of Cardiff. Announcement

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> A heated battle is breaking out in terms of trying to get Americans enrolled in the health insurance exchanges and Medicaid--considered a crucial component of the financial future of America's hospitals. Article

> The American Hospital Association is pushing for a two-year delay in the long-dreaded cuts in Medicare and Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments, reported AHA News Now. Article

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