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Telemedicine tied to more antibiotics for kids, study finds

Sniffling, sore-throated kids seen via telemedicine visits were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor’s office or clinic, according to a new study. Many of those prescriptions disregarded medical guidelines, raising the risk they could cause side effects or contribute to the rise of antibiotic-resistant germs. “I understand… Read More »

Hospital-acquired sepsis cases drop, but treatment costs rise, report finds

Dive Brief: Healthcare consulting company Premier reported a 15% drop in hospital-associated sepsis cases among member hospitals over the past three years. But the news is not all good. Patients who develop sepsis in the hospital are 10% more likely to experience the worst kind, septic shock, raising the average per-case cost of treating the… Read More »

Paying patients to shop yields modest savings, Health Affairs study finds

Dive Brief: Paying patients to shift to lower-price providers could be a successful — albeit limited — option for helping employers and insurers lower healthcare costs, a new study in Health Affairs suggests. Researchers looked at the impact of a program that rewards people who agreed to receive one of 131 elective procedures from a designated… Read More »