It's generally accepted that the rates of surgery patients vary across small and large geographical regions across the county. But the reasons for such huge variations are complicated, Stateline reported.
A century and a half ago, Walt Whitman published a poem about the music carpenters, masons and other workers made as they went about their day.
Americans make few products by hand now, so masonry and non-prefab carpentry are all but extinct today. Indeed, the one non-food product Americans now handcraft is obstruction, particularly on behalf of corporate interests that have become too large to deign to improve their performance via competition and quality control. The continued dismantling of the recovery audit contractor (RAC) program by the American Hospital Association (AHA) is a nearly lyrical example of such a practice.
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