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. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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