Study: Infection prevention lapses common; Experts call for Medicare information campaign;

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> A study published in Spine found unplanned hospital readmissions are commonplace for patients with adult spinal deformity who undergo spine fusion. Abstract

> A new study found that in a survey of 500 student nurses, nearly all participants reported lapses in infection prevention and control by senior staff members. More than 75 percent reported failure to wash hands between patients, Medscape reported. Article

> Misunderstanding over Medicare funding has led many health policy experts to call for the creation of a campaign to better inform the public about how Medicare works, according to MedPage Today. Article

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> A bill delaying healthcare reform's individual mandate would lower the federal deficit by about $35 billion from 2014 to 2023, according to a new estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). Article

> Harvard Pilgrim is partnering with two of New Hampshire's largest hospital systems in a shared-risk collaboration that will offer a narrow network plan boasting coordinated care, the organizations announced Monday. Article

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