First Advisor

Cahill, Michael

College

Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

MS Health Services Administration

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

65 pages

Abstract

An estimated 565,000 new myocardial infarctions and 300,000 recurrent myocardial infarctions will occur each year (AHA, 2006). This study sought to find if there was a difference in hospital costs between those acute myocardial infarction patients that received 100% of eligible core measures (evidence-based care bundle) and those that did not. There is limited research on actual hospital costs (vs. charge data) for acute myocardial infarction evidence-based treatment in the United States. The results of the study did not show any statistically significant difference in hospital costs between those patients that received 100% of core measures and those that did not. Hospital costs were mostly driven by length of stay, APR-DRG severity and gender. The study did evidence a statistically significant difference in hospital costs between men and women that could not be explained by length of stay, age, race, APR-DRG severity or mortality. As more quality data is publicly reported and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services places more finances behind reaching performance indicators evidence-based core measures will come under greater review.

Date of Award

Fall 2008

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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