TrendLens February 15, 2018: TrendTracking the Economic Cost of Sepsis across the Care Continuum

Lisa Remington

Welcome to TrendLens…trends bending the curve in home health and post-acute care. In this issue of TrendLens, we focus on Sepsis. Sepsis is the #1 cause of readmissions. Learn the key facts about Sepsis. How should your organization manage Sepsis?  In this TrendLens, we provided clinical resources and valuable readmissions information.

Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group

According to 2013 data, Sepsis was the most expensive condition treated, accounting for $24 billion, or 6.2%, of the aggregate costs for all hospitalizations.

Below were the top 10 most expensive conditions treated in U.S. hospitals among all payers in 2013.

Table 1. The 10 most expensive conditions treated in U.S. hospitals, all payers, 2013

Rank

CCS principal diagnosis category

Aggregate hospital costs, $ millions

National costs, %

Number of hospital stays, thousands

Hospital stays, %

1

Septicemia

23,663

6.2

1,297

3.6

2

Osteoarthritis

16,520

4.3

1,023

2.9

3

Liveborn

13,287

3.5

3,765

10.6

4

Complication of device, implant or graft

12,431

3.3

632

1.8

5

Acute myocardial infarction

12,092

3.2

602

1.7

6

Congestive heart failure

10,218

2.7

882

2.5

7

Spondylosis, intervertebral disc disorders, other back problems

10,198

2.7

555

1.6

8

Pneumonia

9,501

2.5

961

2.7

9

Coronary atherosclerosis

9,003

2.4

458

1.3

10

Acute cerebrovascular disease

8,840

2.3

585

1.6