Section 3008 of the Affordable Care Act went into effect October 1, 2014, penalizing the top quarter of inpatient hospitals based on rates of hospital-acquired conditions by reducing its Medicare payments by 1%. In other words, 25% of the hospitals in the US with the highest rates of hospital-acquired conditions will only receive 99% of their … Read More

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is an antibiotic-resistant form of bacteria that can cause life-threatening skin or bloodstream infections and pneumonia. It commonly causes painful skin boils and is easily transmitted through skin-to-skin contact of cuts and scrapes. MRSA evolved from the Staphyloccoccus aureus bacterium, commonly referred to as “staph”, after antibiotics were misused or overused to treat … Read More

For half of a century, antibiotics have given us a powerful tool to combat infections that were once life threatening. In recent decades, however, there has been a tremendous growth in the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This proliferation is already taking its toll on humanity. For example, New York Times reports that in India, tens … Read More

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