First-Ever Study Examines Factors That Drive Higher Hospital Costs of Patients With Alcoholic Liver Disease
Hospital costs for patients with alcoholic liver disease were on average $3,200 higher than for patients admitted for alcohol-related conditions not involving the liver, an AHRQ study found. The study—the first to measure how inpatient costs were impacted by common alcoholic liver disease complications and comorbidities—found that alcoholic liver disease hospital stays averaged $13,543 compared with $10,355 for other alcohol-related disorders. Protein-calorie malnutrition accounted for 12 percent of the higher costs of stays for alcoholic liver disease, according to the analysis. Researchers used data from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project to examine more than 350,000 hospital stays nationwide. The study, “Identifying Inpatient Costs Attributable to the Clinical Sequelae and Comorbidities of Alcoholic Liver Disease in a National Hospital Database,” was published in the journal Addiction. Access the abstract.
Addiction. 2016 Nov 25. doi: 10.1111/add.13702. [Epub ahead of print]
Identifying in-patient costs attributable to the clinical sequelae and comorbidities of alcoholic liver disease in a national hospital database.
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Published 2016. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.
Alcoholic liver disease; comorbidity; costs, decomposition; hospital; malnutrition
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