Published in Health and Medicine Week, April 20th, 2006
"Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair has undergone vast changes in the last decade," report scientists at the University of Pittsburgh. "We reviewed a national database to evaluate the effect on utilization of services and rupture rates."
E.D. Dillavou and colleagues explained, "From the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS), a 5% inpatient sample was obtained for 1994 to 2003 as beneficiary encrypted files (5% BEF) and as a limited data set file after 2001. Files were translated into Microsoft Access by using a custom program....
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