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Avoid These 10 Most Costly Hospitalized Conditions

I recently reviewed an article that began:

“It’s no surprise to find septicemia (blood infection), myocardial infarction (heart attack), pneumonia, and congestive heart failure on a list of the most expensive medical conditions. They’re complex disorders that usually require intensive procedures, expensive medications, and highly skilled physicians to manage. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2011,[1] listing the most costly inpatient conditions.

Many stakeholders question whether these costs have to be quite so high. Does septicemia need to cost the nation $20.3 billion, as reported? Is … Read the rest