No one wants to be readmitted to a hospital, but it does beat one alternative: death.
As Medicare prepares to start punishing hospitals with higher than expected readmission rates, new government data show that some hospitals with high readmissions are actually doing a better job than most in keeping Medicare patients alive.
The team of searchers and scientists who were hoping to find pieces of aviator Amelia Earhart's plane off an island in the mid-Pacific report being "disappointed that we did not make a dramatic and conclusive discovery."
This week's worth of MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN broad (& web)casts (11am-noon Central Standard on 88.7FM or www.krvs.org) begins with music by Wilco, Neko Case, Nilsson, Yes, Tom Waits and Ahmad Jamal. Also: the latest by Carbon Poppies, Joey Ramone and Little Hurricane and nice instrumental tracks by both Nick Lowe and Sonny Landreth.
We've been following some big developments today in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in Britain. Prosecutors are charging eight people - including a former top aide to Prime Minister David Cameron - and a woman who was Rupert Murdoch's top lieutenant. NPR's Philip Reeves reports.