Doctors who talk to a patient before surgery are less likely to operate on the wrong limb than those who first see the patient when he or she arrives in the operating room. hide caption

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Nearly $1.3 billion was paid in malpractice claims for outpatient events in 2009. Mark Winfrey (EyeMark)/ hide caption

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Life Flight helicopters sit at the ready on the roof of Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Workers look out from shattered windows on an upper floor of the St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., in late May, after a tornado severely damaged the hospital. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Click on the map to explore geographic variations in Medicare payments per enrollee. Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Destroyed vehicles are piled up in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., after a tornado moved through the city, damaging the hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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A study at Pennsylvania State University on autopsies found treatment should have been different in about a quarter of cases. Nicholas Monu/ hide caption

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Most doctors surveyed said they think visits to emergency rooms will increase as the new health law is implemented. hide caption

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A nurse uses an alcohol-based hand gel. A new $1 billion proposal from Health and Human Services aims to cut down on preventable hospital infections and patient readmissions. Dave Weaver/Associated Press hide caption

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