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The cost of inpatient death associated with acute coronary syndrome

The cost of hospitalization for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is expensive and continues to rise. In terms of direct medical expenditures, ACS costs Americans more than $150 billion annually, with approximately 60% to 75% of these costs related to hospital admission and readmission. No prior studies have addressed the cost of inpatient mortality during an ACS admission. This article, co-authored by Milliman’s Jill Van Den Bos and Travis Gray, compares ACS-related length of stay, total admission cost, and total admission cost by day of discharge/death for patients who died during an inpatient admission with a matched cohort discharged alive following an ACS-related inpatient stay.

This article was published by PubMed.

The impact of patient cost sharing for antihypertensive medications

A new article published by Dovepress Journal examines the impact of patient cost sharing for antihypertensive medications on adherence, utilization, and expenditures. The trend has been for managed care organizations and employers to require patients to bear a greater out-of-pocket burden for healthcare resources consumed. This study illustrates the potential adverse effects of higher patient cost sharing among patients with hypertension stratified by different risk levels. A decrease in the proportion of days covered was predictive of higher resource utilization and healthcare costs, which should be of interest to payors and employers alike.

Read the article here.