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Heart Attack Patient Costs Skyrocket Beyond 30 Days
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Medicare’s system for paying for heart attack care based on diagnosis has led to relatively low cost increases during the first 30 days after patient admissions, but from the 31st day to the 365th day, costs under the fee-for-service system skyrocketed. That’s according to a report analyzing Medicare cost trends from 1998 to 2008, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine by University of Michigan and Dartmouth Institute researchers. The finding comes even though fewer Medicare beneficiaries required hospital admission for heart attack.