This study uses commercial health insurance claims data to examine changes in out-of-pocket spending for acute care hospitalization from 2000 to 2013 by patients with insurance coverage from various sources.
This analysis of clinical data linked to Medicare claims finds the cardiac rehabilitation rate for older patients after acute myocardial infarction is low in the United States and suggests efforts be made for increasing referrals, and addressing attendance barriers, to rehabilitation sessions.
In this meta-analysis, intra-aortic balloon pump therapy was not found to improve mortality among patients with acute myocardial infarction in randomized clinical trials, regardless of whether patients had cardiogenic shock.
This retrospective analysis of testing strategies for patients with chest pain evaluated in the ED finds that deferral of early noninvasive testing appears to be reasonable.
High-risk patients with heart failure and cardiac arrest hospitalized in teaching hospitals had lower 30-day mortality when admitted during dates of national cardiology meetings. High-risk patients with acute myocardial infarction admitted to teaching hospitals during meetings were less likely to receive percutaneous coronary intervention , without any mortality effect.
Barreto-Filho et al examine hospital differences in transfer rates for elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction across nonprocedure hospitals and whether these rates are associated with revascularization rates, length of stay, and mortality.
Rubini Gimenez et al explore the diagnostic performance of sex-specific chest pain characteristics with the aim of improving the management of suspected acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in women. See the Invited Commentary by Pilote.
Likosky et al compare expenditures in 1998 through 1999 and 2008 for Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction. See the invited commentary by Jha.
McCrum et al determine whether mortality rates for publicly reported medical conditions are correlated with hospitals’ overall performance on mortality. See the invited commentary by Smith and Shannon.