AFib practice guidelines reduce direct health care costs
The use of practice guidelines in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients significantly decreased hospitalization and resource utilization—with an average decrease in 30-day total direct health care costs of around $1,400 per patient.
Zimetbaum, Peter, Matthew R Reynolds, Kalon KL Ho, Thomas Gaziano, Mary Jane McDonald, Seth McClennen, Ronna Berezin, Mark E Josephson, and David J Cohen. Impact of a Practice Guideline for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation on Medical Resource Utilization and Costs. Am J Cardiol. 2003; 92(6): 677-81. http://www.ajconline.org/article/S0002-9149(03)00821-X/abstract