Table 3Top 20 most expensive conditions billed to Medicaid, 2008

RankPrincipal diagnosisTotal national hospital bill (millions)Percentage of national billNumber of hospital stays (thousands)
1Mother's pregnancy and delivery$22,03813.9%1,903
2Newborn infants$19,42812.2%1,790
3Sepsis$5,7373.6%73
4Pneumonia$3,9072.5%157
5Complication of device, implant or graft$3,8722.4%67
6Respiratory failure, insufficiency, arrest (adult)$3,7012.3%47
7Affective disorders (depression and bipolar disorders)$3,1872.0%210
8Coronary artery disease$2,9041.8%58
9Congestive heart failure$2,8811.8%73
10Acute cerebrovascular disease (stroke)$2,8331.8%39
11Acute myocardial infarction (AMI, heart attack)$2,4151.5%35
12Diabetes mellitus with complications$2,4131.5%95
13Schizophrenia and related disorders$2,4091.5%112
14Complications of surgical procedures or medical care$2,3171.5%56
15Skin and subcutaneous tissue infections$1,8431.2%106
16Intracranial injury$1,8321.2%22
17Gall bladder disease$1,8121.1%57
18Cardiac and circulatory congenital anomalies$1,7651.1%13
19Asthma$1,6171.0%115
20Back pain (spondylosis, intervertebral disc disorders, other back problems)$1,5901.0%36
Total for top 20 conditions$90,50256.9%5,064
Total for all hospitalizations$159,053100.0%7,355

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2008

From: The National Hospital Bill: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2008

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