Burden of liver cancer rising in medicare patients
Both hospitalizations and deaths are increasing among Medicare recipients with liver cancer, according to a study presented at The Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, held from Nov. 9 to 13 in San Francisco. Omer Shahab, M.D., from Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, and colleagues used ICD-9 codes among a random sample of Medicare beneficiaries to identify trends in hepatocellular carcinoma rates, patterns in demographic and clinical features, and utilization of health care resources.
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