From the AHRQ Newsletter:
Medical supplies and devices represented nearly one-fourth (24.2 percent) of rising hospital costs between 2001 and 2006, according to a new AHRQ-funded study. Among all types of hospital stays, the cost percentage impact for supplies and devices was nearly three times that of operating room services. While rising inpatient costs are typically associated with imaging services such as computed tomography scans and magnetic resonance imaging, those services only contributed a 3.3 percent increase in the cost of an average hospital stay, the study found. Because rising hospitals costs are an ongoing concern, payers and policymakers may want to explore the specific factors driving those costs and the factors associated with them, according to the study authors. The study, “What Hospital Inpatient Services Contributed the Most to the 2001 to 2006 Growth in the Cost per Case?,” was published online in Health Services Research on September 4.