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How much time should elapse before a patient returns for a follow-up visit? The answer, of course, is that it depends on the situation. But as a recent JAMA article made clear, there are surprisingly few evidence-based answers to guide doctors here.

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Do you use the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care in your reporting? If not, you're missing out on a great source of data on how the costs and quality of health care vary across regions. Contributor William Heisel explains how to best make use of this resource.

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Don't wait for the next release of data, the next news release or next news conference. No matter where you live, there are local angles in the Atlas data. Read how you could mine the data anytime for local angles - even over the holidays.

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Why do so many Americans think health reform has been repealed? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Outliers: A cautionary tale for health journalists: GoozNews’ Merrill Goozner details how an error of adjustment in the Dartmouth Atlas skewed media coverage of supposedly sky-high leg amputation rates in McAllen, Texas.

Mobile Health: NetworkWorld’s Paul McNamara takes issue with a new survey showing that 40 percent of us would pay for health care apps or services on our mobile devices.

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Media coverage of health care quality often hinges on a doctor's personality, rather than measured quality outcomes. Here's a quick primer for journalists looking to do better reporting.

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