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Page, R.L. II, Ghushchyan, V., Gifford, B., Read, R., Raut, M., Crivera, C., Naim, A., Damaraju, C.V., Nair, K.V. (2013). The Economic Burden of Acute Coronary Syndromes for Employees and Their Dependents. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 55(7):761-767.

Objectives: To determine the total burden of illness, including direct and indirect costs for employees and their dependents with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Method: Medical and pharmacy claims along with short-term disability (STD) and long-term disability (LTD) claims from 2007 to 2010 were analyzed using two data sets: Integrated Benefits Institute’s Health and Productivity Benchmarking Database (STD and LTD claims) and IMS LifeLinkTM Health Plan Data (medical and pharmacy claims). Results: Employees with ACS lost 60.2 ± 0.29 STD and 397.9 ± 8.09 LTD days per disability incident. For employers, the estimated average per claim productivity loss from STD and LTD was $7943 ± $39.7 and $52,473 ± $1114, respectively. Total annual ACS health care costs per employee were $8170 ± 106, with $7545 ± 104 for annual medical costs. Hospitalizations accounted for 75% of total annual ACS health care costs. Conclusion: ACS imposes a substantial economic burden on employees, employers, and society.

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