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Opportunities for potential cost saving in the management of acute myocardial infarction.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9362617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The total expense associated with acute myocardial infarction in the United States is substantial because of the combination of high volume and high cost per case. The aim of this study was to identify potential cost-saving strategies for the management of acute myocardial infarction. METHODS: Information was gathered through professional interviews combined with an extensive literature review. RESULTS: Numerous opportunities for cost savings were identified and classified into six categories: pharmaceuticals, changing the work within steps, corporate philosophy and clinical decision making, continuous physician education and involvement, preventive measures and systems of care, and additional resources. CONCLUSIONS: Although there are many possible areas healthcare providers could consider for cost saving in acute myocardial infarction, the situation at each site will need to be considered carefully before areas are selected. It is of vital importance that the quality of care not be compromised in the effort to reduce cost.
Y Kazzaz; S Levey; M Mcknight; M A Schnitzler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Best practices and benchmarking in healthcare : a practical journal for clinical and management application     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1085-0635     ISO Abbreviation:  Best Pract Benchmarking Healthc     Publication Date:    1997 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-12-16     Completed Date:  1997-12-16     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9605850     Medline TA:  Best Pract Benchmarking Healthc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  178-82     Citation Subset:  N    
Washington University School of Medicine, Health Administration Program, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cost Savings / methods
Cost of Illness*
Decision Making, Organizational
Drug Costs
Education, Medical, Continuing
Managed Care Programs / economics*
Myocardial Infarction / economics*,  therapy
Primary Prevention / economics
Total Quality Management / economics*
United States

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