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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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Maryland hospitals are promoting hand washing among other measures to prevent patient infections. Leah-Anne Thompson/ hide caption

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The flag of the state of Arizona flies at half-staff outside University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8. Chris Morrison/AP hide caption

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