Preventable Medicare spending

By  |  June 29, 2013 | 

This large cohort of Medicare beneficiaries found the top decile of the most costly patients accounted for 33% of total ED costs and 80% of total inpatient costs. About 40% of the ED costs and about 10% of the inpatient costs were found to be preventable. Surprisingly regions with high density of primary care had higher preventable costs for these high cost patients (abstract).

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Danielle Scheurer
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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