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Medical care rates during the year following an AFib diagnosis

A study of Medicare beneficiaries found that during the year following an atrial fibrillation (AF) diagnosis:
• 28% of AF patients (versus 7% of non-AF patients) had 3 or more hospital admissions
• 14% of AF patients (versus 3% of non-AF patients) had 3 or more emergency room visits
• 72% of AF patients (versus 61% of non-AF patients) had 3 or more outpatient visits

Lee, WC, GA Lamas, S Balu, J Spalding, Q Wang, and CL Pashos. Direct Treatment Cost of Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly American Population: A Medicare perspective. J Med Econ. 2008; 11(2): 281-98. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19450086

Reference

Title
Direct Treatment Cost of Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly American Population: A Medicare perspective
Publication
J Med Econ
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Lee, WC, GA Lamas, S Balu, J Spalding, Q Wang, and CL Pashos
Volume & Issue
Volume 11, Issue 2
Pages
281-98
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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