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Medical errors in U.S. hospitals fall
Medical errors in U.S. hospitals fall

Hospitals nationwide are making fewer mistakes in treating patients, sparing 50,000 lives and saving $12 billion in health spending over the past three years, according to a new analysis of billing data by federal health officials. The report from the Department of Health and Human Services, released during a conference on health care quality held Tuesday in Baltimore, examines data collected between 2010 and 2013 from health care providers across the country, including 13 of Maryland's 46 general hospitals. Federal officials said the downward trend was the result of years of efforts to reduce errors that led to infections, falls, pneumonia, pressure ulcers, wounds and other...

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