House Republicans release $700M to help control Ebola in West Africa; Antibiotic stewarship team guidelines result in reduced readmission rates and length of stay among pediatric patients;

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> Many child psychiatric referrals by schools to emergency departments are unnecessary and a waste of resources, according to new research. "This is a costly and misinformed practice across the US," lead author Eugene Grudnikoff, M.D., staff psychiatrist at South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, New York, told Medscape Medical News. Article

>  House Republicans agreed Thursday to release an additional $700 million in funding to help control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Politico reports. Article

> Clinicians who followed the recommendations of an antibiotic stewardship team reduced the readmission rate among pediatric patients without increasing their time in the hospital, according to a study that will be presented today at IDWeek in Philadelphia. Study abstract

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> Are hospitals insuring their patients the next big thing? That's a question that may be answered by Montefiore Medical Center, which will unveil insurance coverage to small business groups in 2015, Crain's New York Business reported. The formation of Montefiore Insurance Co. is a business decision based on the existing opportunities, said Steven Safyer, M.D., Montefiore's chief executive officer. Article

> The typical American is burdened with an ever-increasing medical debt and receives little relief from providers in the way of healthcare price transparency, according to a new study by the consumer counseling firm NerdWallet. Article

And Finally…That must have been some pizza. Article

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