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Medicare: Trends in Beneficiaries Served and Hospital Resources Used in Implantable Medical Device Procedures
James C. Cosgrove (au)
The use of implantable medical devices (IMD) among Medicare beneficiaries is widely recognized as a way to prolong and improve the quality of life for patients that receive them. In 2009, about 1.6 million IMD procedures were performed on beneficiaries under traditional, fee-for-service Medicare at a cost of roughly $20 billion. Orthopedic and cardiac implantations -- the most common IMD procedures provided to beneficiaries -- accounted for nearly all IMD-related Medicarespending in that year. With beneficiaries expected to live longer and innovations in IMD technology, the use of orthopedic and cardiac IMDs is likely to continue to have important implications for hospital services paid for by Medicare.The number of hospital admissions for IMD procedures, the duration of hospital stays, and the location to which patients are discharged are influenced by such factors as age and health status. This report examined three trends for Medicare beneficiaries who received orthopedic or cardiac IMDs: (1) hospital admission rates, by age and health status; (2) hospital lengths of stay, by health status; and (3) discharge disposition following admission for these procedures, by health status. Figures and tables. This is a print on demand report.
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