Hospital Stays After Cardiac Stent Implantation Cost $12B in 2009

A statistical brief released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows cardiac stent implantation in 2009 accounted for 644,240 hospital stays, amounting to nearly $12 billion nationally.

Each hospital stay in 2009 averaged approximately three days in length and incurred an average cost of $18,560. Drug-eluting stents were used in roughly three-fourths of cases and had a one-day shorter average length of stay and lower average cost per hospital stay compared to discharges with a non-drug-eluting stent.

Other notable findings from the statistical brief include the following:

•    Males received treatments involving cardiac stents at roughly twice the rate of females.
•    Among patients receiving any type of cardiac stent during a hospitalization, the average age was just under 65.
•    Medicare was the payor in 51 percent of hospitalizations (329,420 stays) with cardiac stent procedures.

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