ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE COMMUNITY-ACQUIRED METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS EPIDEMIC ON THE DRISCOLL CHILDREN'S HEALTH PLAN


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Abstract

Cellulitis and abscess accounted for increasing percentages of inpatient (4.6–11.1%), outpatient (0.6–1.2%) and total (1.7–3.3%) expenses from 2001 through 2004. The per member per month expenses attributed to cellulitis and abscess increased from $0.74 in 2001 to $1.19 in 2004. The epidemic of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in children has had a significant economic impact on the Driscoll Children's Health Plan.

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