Long-term outcomes and costs of ventricular assist devices among Medicare beneficiaries.

@article{Hernandez2008LongtermOA,
  title={Long-term outcomes and costs of ventricular assist devices among Medicare beneficiaries.},
  author={Adrian F. Hernandez and Alisa M. Shea and Carmelo A. Milano and J. G. Rogers and Bradley G. Hammill and Christopher M. O'Connor and Kevin A. Schulman and Eric D. Peterson and Lesley H. Curtis},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={2008},
  volume={300 20},
  pages={
          2398-406
        }
}
CONTEXT In 2003, Medicare expanded coverage of ventricular assist devices as destination, or permanent, therapy for end-stage heart failure. Little is known about the long-term outcomes and costs associated with these devices. OBJECTIVE To examine the acute and long-term outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries receiving ventricular assist devices alone or after open-heart surgery. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS Analysis of inpatient claims from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the… CONTINUE READING
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