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Bigger hospitals may treat some conditions better

AP/Yahoo News, March 26, 2010

People hospitalized with a heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia fare better if they are admitted someplace that treats a lot of those problems, a large study of Medicare patients finds. Busier hospitals, on average, tended to have lower rates of death from these three common conditions than smaller hospitals. The risk of death dropped until the number treated reached 610 heart attacks, 500 heart failures, and 210 pneumonia cases a year, the study showed. After that point, the number treated didn't change the outcome.