Implantable cardioverter defibrillator utilization based on discharge diagnoses from Medicare and managed care patients.

@article{Ruskin2002ImplantableCD,
  title={Implantable cardioverter defibrillator utilization based on discharge diagnoses from Medicare and managed care patients.},
  author={Jeremy N. Ruskin and A. John Camm and Douglas Peter Zipes and Alfred P. Hallstrom and Mary E McGrory-Usset},
  journal={Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology},
  year={2002},
  volume={13 1},
  pages={38-43}
}
INTRODUCTION Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have become an accepted therapy for patients at high risk of sudden cardiac death. To assess the current utilization of this therapy, we estimated the number of patients at risk of sudden death using an historical claims-based study and compared these results to current ICD usage volumes. METHODS AND RESULTS Managed care and Medicare databases (claims related to 4.6 million covered U.S. lives during a 12-month period) were analyzed… CONTINUE READING