Healthcare, Volume 9, Issue 1 (January 2021) – 103 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Approximately 6.5 to 6.9 million individuals in the United States have heart failure, and the disease cost approximately $43.6 billion in 2020. This research provides geographical incidence and cost models of this disease in the US and explanatory models to account for hospitals’ number of heart failure DRGs using technical, workload, financial, geographical, and time-related variables. Heart failure and associated expenditures are increasing. The costs of DRGs in the study increased by $61 billion from 2016 through 2018. The increase in the more expensive DRG 291 outpaced others with an associated increase of $92 billion. With the increase in demand and steady-state supply of cardiologists, the costs are likely to balloon over the next decade. Models such as the ones presented here are needed to inform healthcare leaders. View this paper.
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