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Total medical costs for Afib patients over 15-month period

A study of Medicare beneficiaries with atrial fibrillation found that total medical costs for treating these patients during a 15-month follow-up period were an average of $24,000 per patient—63% of these costs were related to readmission.

Sullivan, E, S Braithwaite, K Dietz, and C Hickey. Health Services Utilization and Medical Costs Among Medicare Atrial Fibrillation Patients. Washington, DC: Avalere Health; 2010. http://www.avalerehealth.net/research/docs/Avalere-AFIB_Report-09212010.pdf

Reference

Title
Health Services Utilization and Medical Costs Among Medicare Atrial Fibrillation Patients
Publisher
Avalere Health
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Sullivan, E, S Braithwaite, K Dietz, and C Hickey.
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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