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1. ER Visits Common After Hospital Stay. Nearly one-fifth of hospital patients returned for acute care within 30 days of discharge, with emergency room (ER) visits accounting for 40% of those encounters.
2. PET Scan Spots Brain Trauma in Ex-Athletes While Alive. A new imaging technique has allowed detection of tau protein abnormalities in the concussed brains of living retired football players that are identical to the autopsy findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in deceased athletes.
3. SGR Repeal to Get Hard Look in New Congress. Repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement under Medicare will likely be a high priority for the new leader of a key congressional health subcommittee.