Total annual cost of hospital care for septicemia (excluding patients in labor) in U.S. hospitals in 2011.
The figure represents 1.094 million discharges. It’s the first among 20 big-ticket medical conditions listed in an August 2013 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Statistical Brief, highlighted in Becker’s Hospital Review.3,4
Other high-cost conditions on the list were osteoarthritis ($14.8 billion; 964,000 discharges); complications of device, implement, or graft (12.9 billion; 699,000 discharges); and general childbirth (12.4 billion; 3,819,000).
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- Torio CM, Andrews RM. National inpatient hospital costs: the most expensive conditions by payer, 2011. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #160. Available at: http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb160.jsp. Accessed October 26, 2013.
- Herman B. Top 20 most expensive inpatient conditions. Becker’s Hospital Review. Oct. 9, 2013. Available at: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/racs-/-icd-9-/-icd-10/top-20-most-expensive-inpatient-conditions.html. Accessed October 26, 2013.