Archive for September 2013

The rate of MI hospital stays decrease, yet total cost of care goes up?

By reading the headlines recently, practitioners would not know if they saved or tanked the healthcare system.  One day disaster looms, the next we have moderated growth and business can continue as usual (and by business, I mean doing the correct things correctly). A new study, along with some recent data, helps shed some light on the issue. Out in JAMA Internal Medicine this week, Likosky and colleagues sought to determine MI cost growth in Medicare beneficiaries from 1999 to 2008.   While MI's are not representative of the system at large, for the purposes of the post, I will use the diagnosis as the canary in the healthcare system coalmine. (more…)