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Vaughan Sarrazin MS, Jones M, Mazur A
Cost of hospital admissions in Medicare patients with atrial fibrillation taking warfarin, dabigatran, or rivaroxaban.
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of anticoagulant choice on inpatient costs in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Analysis used 3-way propensity matching to create groups from AF patients taking dabigatran, rivaroxaban, or warfarin, and were plausible candidates for all 3 anticoagulants. Predicted values from two models were multiplied together to estimate expected costs per patient-year. The study concludes from its data that patients with newly diagnosed AF taking 150 mg dabigatran or 20 mg rivaroxaban experience lower annual inpatient costs than patients taking warfarin, due to fewer hospital admissions for stroke, non-gastrointestinal-related hemorrhages, and heart failure events.
Citation: Vaughan Sarrazin MS, Jones M, Mazur A . Cost of hospital admissions in Medicare patients with atrial fibrillation taking warfarin, dabigatran, or rivaroxaban. J Am Coll Cardiol 2017 Jan 24;69(3):360-62. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.11.023..
Keywords: Blood Thinners, Heart Disease and Health, Medication, Healthcare Costs, Medicare, Hospitalization, Cardiovascular Conditions