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Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Jul-Aug;24(4):928-37.

Postmarketing surveillance of medical devices using Medicare claims.

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA.


The current system of postmarketing surveillance of high-risk medical devices could be improved by taking advantage of the administrative billing data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to systematically monitor for adverse events that may signal device-related problems. In this paper we use the current concern about the excess risk associated with drug-eluting coronary stents to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of claims data for postmarketing surveillance and propose a pilot collaboration between government, industry, and academe to systematically explore the use of Medicare claims data for this purpose.

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