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Antibiotics: One in three prescriptions unnecessary
At least 30% of antibiotics prescribed in the U.S. are unnecessary, according to the most-comprehensive study yet of an ongoing issue in clinical care. The study by the CDC and the Pew Charitable Trusts, published May 3 in JAMA, analyzed antibiotic use in doctors’ offices and emergency...[MORE]
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Article 2311 House votes to allow flexible spending on OTC drugs
Legislation approved by the House of Representatives would allow employees to use their flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, and health reimbursement arrangements to pay for over-the-counter medications without a doctor's prescription. As Business Insurance reported, the ...[MORE]
Article 2310 Healthcare spending projected to grow 5.8% annually
For 2015-25, healthcare spending is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.8% per year (4.8% on a per capita basis), according to the 2016 National Health Expenditures Report produced by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Spending on healthcare is ...[MORE]
Article 2309 No clear signal from the Supreme Court on contraceptive mandate
Business Insurance reports the Supreme Court's recent decision not to decide in the highly anticipated case between the government and several religious nonprofit organizations signals a possible 4-4 split among the eight-member court. According to the publication, the high court vacated ...[MORE]
Article 2308 Hospital will put more money into pension plan
Modern Healthcare reports St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, has agreed to put an additional $107 million over ten years into its pension plan to settle allegations it had wrongly classified its pension plan as a “church plan.” Church plans are not subject ...[MORE]
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