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Study Finds Sepsis Mortality Rate Rises, Supports Use of Clinical Data Over Claims-based Data for Sepsis Surveillance

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A new study, published in JAMA, analyzed clinical data of 2.9 million patients, found the number of sepsis deaths grew from 2009 to 2014 despite old findings that showed mortality was decreasing, writes Modern Healthcare.  In clinical data from 409 hospitals, sepsis was present in 6% of adult hospitalizations and, in contrast to claims-based analyses, neither the incidence of sepsis nor the combined outcome of death or discharge to hospice changed significantly between 2009-2014. The findings also suggest that  EHR-based clinical data provide more objective estimates than claims-based data for sepsis surveillance.

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