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Hospital Mergers Lower Costs; Are NICUs Being Used Appropriately?

A recent analysis from the American Hospital Association concluded that healthcare mergers improve quality and save patients money. This finding, however, conflicts with several studies reporting that consolidation often leads to higher costs.

Close to 50% of infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units in 2017 had normal birth weights, a recent study found. The research explores what might explain this trend.

Researchers found that low-income families buy more fruits and vegetables when provided a financial incentive — a 50% discount on certain items. The authors said they hope that such incentives can improve the quality of people’s diets.

“Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised as a transformational force in healthcare,” researchers wrote in a recent opinion piece. Here’s how AI can make positive changes in medicine.

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