Respected cardiologist and researcher Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine at Stanford University and the founder and co-director of the Stanford Arrhythmia Center. A former professor of medicine at UC San Diego, Dr. Sanjiv Narayan continues research into cardiovascular medicine, including economic factors that affect the treatment of atrial fibrillation.
The benefits of cardiovascular treatment can be negatively impacted by major variations in the price of procedures from one facility to another. A research team including Dr. Narayan recently examined data from the Medicaid database and the MarketScan registry to examine the price differences in atrial fibrillation ablation.
They discovered that the median price variation between facilities was $25,100, but 5 percent of the institutions charged up to $57,800 more for AF ablation. While the median prices are lower than they have been in previous research, the potential for major differences in prices at specific facilities represents an opportunity for the institutions to examine their prices and generate more value for patients.