Analysis of the Costs and Payments of a Coordinated Stroke Center and Regional Stroke Network

STROKEAHA: May 28, 2013

Background and Purpose—An earlier study demonstrated significantly improved access, treatment, and outcomes after the implementation of a progressive, comprehensive stroke program at a tertiary care community hospital, Saint Luke’s Neuroscience Institute (SLNI). This study evaluated the costs associated with implementing such a program.

Methods—Retrospective analysis of total hospital costs and payments for treating patients with ischemic stroke at SLNI (n=1570) as program enhancement evolved over time (2005, 2007, and 2010) and compared with published national estimates. Analyses were stratified by patient demographic characteristics, patient outcomes, treatments, time, and comorbidities.   Read more