Study: Stroke centers don't raise hospital costs

A new study that examined the costs involved in setting up a comprehensive stroke program at a tertiary care community hospital reveals similar programs may be financially feasible for other hospitals. The findings, reported in the August issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, looked at the costs associated with implementing a stroke program that provides improved access and treatment at Saint Luke's Neuroscience Institute (SLNI). According to researchers, controlling for inflation, there was no difference in SLNI total costs between 2005 and either 2007 or 2010, which suggests that despite the increased level of services, the hospital's additional expenditures were offset by efficiencies. In fact, SLNI's total costs were slightly lower than published benchmarks. Abstract