Incremental Cost of Acute Kidney Injury after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in the United States

Amit P. Amin, Christian McNeely, John A. Spertus, Richard G. Bach, Nathan Frogge, Samuel Lindner, Sudhir Jain, Steven M. Bradley, Jason H. Wasfy, Abhinav Goyal, Thomas Maddox, John A. House, Hemant Kulkarni, Frederick A. Masoudi

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Contrast-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common and severe complication of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Despite its substantial burden, contemporary data on the incremental costs of AKI are lacking. We designed this large, nationally representative study to examine: (1) the independent, incremental costs associated with AKI after PCI and (2) to identify the departmental components of cost contributing to the incremental costs associated with AKI. In this observational cross-sectional study from the Premier database, we analyzed 1,443,297 PCI patients at 518 US hospitals from 1/2006 to 12/2015. Incremental cost of AKI from a hospital perspective obtained by a microcosting approach, was estimated using mixed-effects, multivariable linear regression with hospitals as random effects. Costs were inflation-corrected to 2016 US$. AKI occurred in 82,683 (5.73%) of the PCI patients. Those with AKI had higher hospitalization cost than those without ($38,869, SD 42,583 vs $17,167 SD 13,994, p <0.001). After adjustment, the incremental cost associated with an AKI was $9,448 (95% confidence interval $9,338 to $9,558, p <0.001). AKI was also independently associated with an incremental length of stay of 3.6 days (p <0.001). Room and board costs were the largest driver of AKI costs ($4,841). Extrapolated to the United States, our findings imply an annual AKI cost burden of 411.3 million US$. In conclusion, in this national study of PCI patients, AKI was common and independently associated with ∼$10,000 incremental costs, implying a substantial burden of AKI costs in US hospitals. Successful efforts to prevent AKI in patients who underwent PCI could result in meaningful cost savings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-33
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


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