Resource use and costs associated with diabetic macular edema in elderly persons.

  title={Resource use and costs associated with diabetic macular edema in elderly persons.},
  author={Alisa M. Shea and Lesley H. Curtis and Bradley G. Hammill and Jonathan W. Kowalski and Arliene Ravelo and Paul P. Lee and Frank Allen Sloan and Kevin A. Schulman},
  journal={Archives of ophthalmology},
  volume={126 12},
OBJECTIVE To examine trends in resource use and the effect of incident diabetic macular edema (DME) on 1- and 3-year total direct medical costs in elderly patients. METHODS We used a nationally representative 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries from 2000 through 2004 to identify patients with incident DME and a control cohort of patients with diabetes mellitus but no history of retinal disease. We summed Medicare reimbursement amounts for all claims and applied generalized linear models to… CONTINUE READING


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