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Research Letter
October 2016

Variation in the Use of Vena Cava Filters for Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitals in Kentucky

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Lexington
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(10):984-986. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1004

The use of vena cava filters (VCFs) has increased over the last decade without clear indication for many patients.1,2 This increase in use has been suggested to be partially motivated by upcoding for increased reimbursement, given that placement of a VCF increases the reimbursement rate for venous thromboembolism (VTE) by 250%.1

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