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Majority of hospitals rate poorly in controlling C.diff, MRSA

Only 6 percent of 3,000 hospitals examined by  Consumer Reports  scored well for controlling two of the most serious and prevalent infection-causing bacteria--C. diff and MRSA.

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs: 'Health crisis of this generation'

A new  Consumer Reports  series examines the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, calling the dangerous infections the "health crisis of this generation."

At antibiotic stewardship forum, White House lauds hospitals' superbug plans

The White House convened more than 150 stakeholders--including major healthcare providers, retailers, pharmaceutical companies, food companies and farmers--in a federal forum Tuesday to detail what they're doing to fight antibiotic resistance.

Many consumers surprised at insurance bills, report finds

Almost 33 percent of individuals enrolled in a private health plan have received surprise medical bills in the past two years, according to a new survey from Consumer Reports.

Best and worst hospital rankings often conflict, confuse consumers

Four of the most popular ratings systems for hospital quality are often at odds, potentially confusing patients, according to an analysis published in Health Affairs.

Consumer Reports releases latest round of patient feedback

Consumer Reports  has released its latest round of ratings for physician offices, this time using survey response data from more than 52,000 patients throughout California to rate practices on how well they communicate with patients, offer timely care and service, coordinate patient care, help patients stay healthy and provide helpful office staff.  

3 reasons insurance premiums won't 'skyrocket' next year

Despite what some media reports have to say, health insurance premiums won't "skyrocket" next year, according to an article by  ConsumerReports. 

Hospitals perform too many C-sections

Cesarean sections rates vary dramatically even between neighborhood hospitals, according to  a Consumer Reports  investigation, which determined that hospitals perform too many of the surgeries, driving up costs and increasing the risks for mothers and newborns.  

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 safest U.S. hospitals

U.S. hospitals vary widely on safety and likelihood of death from avoidable surgical complications, according to new rankings from Consumer Reports.

NY hospital group grades report cards

The Healthcare Association of New York State gave hospital graders a taste of their own medicine this week with the release of  "HANYS' Report on Report Cards," which used nine criteria to grade 10 government and private organization-issued report cards, according to  Kaiser Health News.