Outpatient red blood cell transfusion payments among patients on chronic dialysis

  title={Outpatient red blood cell transfusion payments among patients on chronic dialysis},
  author={Matthew Gitlin and Joseph A. Lee and David M. Spiegel and Jeffrey J L Carson and Xue Zeng Song and Brian Custer and Z Alexander Cao and Katherine A. Cappell and Helen V Varker and Shaowei Wan and Akhtar Ashfaq},
  booktitle={BMC nephrology},
BACKGROUND Payments for red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are separate from US Medicare bundled payments for dialysis-related services and medications. Our objective was to examine the economic burden for payers when chronic dialysis patients receive outpatient RBC transfusions. METHODS Using Truven Health MarketScan® data (1/1/02-10/31/10) in this retrospective micro-costing economic analysis, we analyzed data from chronic dialysis patients who underwent at least 1 outpatient RBC transfusion… CONTINUE READING
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