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States That Got Top Hospital Quality Grades Put In Concentrated Efforts To Improve

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The nonprofit Leapfrog Group released its grades for hospitals across the country — which take into account medical errors, infections and injuries, based in part on patient survey responses and data provided to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association and to Leapfrog.

Maryland Hospitals Receive Low Grades For Avoiding Medical Errors, Says New Assessment

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The review by the Leapfrog Group finds Maryland hospitals rank near the bottom nationally for certain quality measures. Meanwhile, the District of Columbia’s only public hospital also faces challenges regarding patient safety. News outlets also report on technology developments at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a merger between two New Hampshire facilities.

Early Approval Of Generic MS Drug Signals Big Changes For Teva And Other Drugmakers

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Teva had lobbied the Food and Drug Administration to reject Mylan’s generic version of its Copaxone multiple sclerosis medication. In other drug industry news: an experimental drug is found to work on a mutant gene; advocates await Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision on a drug pricing bill; and Cleveland Clinic’s CEO wants supporters of a drug pricing ballot measure in Ohio to stop using his image.