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2014-02-17 23:24:46

Recent webinar discussed common spinal surgeries and their potential complications, including the measures that can be taken to identify and address the potential overutilization of spinal surgeries in order to minimize these complications. Portland, OR (PRWEB) February 17, 2014 Although many conditions of the spine benefit from spinal surgery, some procedures are associated with inconsistent outcomes and significant potential risks and complications, ranging from postoperative pain to...

2013-12-12 23:03:34

St. Elizabeth Health Center ranks among the safest health care organizations in the nation. Youngstown, OH (PRWEB) December 12, 2013 St. Elizabeth Health Center ranks among the safest health care organizations in the nation, according to the SafeCare Group, having earned a place on the most recent “100 SafeCare Hospitals" list. The selection process involved comprehensive analysis of publicly available data collected by the United States government from more than 4,500 acute care...

2013-07-10 10:15:48

In a study that included nearly 6 million Medicare Advantage and Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries from 12 states, rates of angiography and percutaneous coronary interventions were significantly lower among Medicare Advantage beneficiaries and geographic variation in procedure rates was substantial for both payment types, according to a study in the July 10 issue of JAMA. "Treatment of cardiovascular disease is one of the largest drivers of health care cost in the United States,...

2012-11-01 10:15:34

Reforming Medicare payments based on large geographic regions may be too bluntly targeted to promote the best use of health care resources, a new analysis from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health suggests. The analysis will be published in the Nov. 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. "Much policy attention has been drawn to the large geographic variation in health care spending across regions, and for good reason — because regional variation...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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