The cost of heart failure in the U.S. is $26.7 billion a year, with about $2.7 billion representing hospital costs that could have been avoided by adherence to prescriptions and needed lifestyle changes, according to a report by the New England Healthcare Institute, Cambridge, Mass., an industry consortium dedicated to quality improvement. Basic disease-management programs for advanced heart-failure patients -- involving remote physiological monitoring, such as daily weight monitoring -- can reduce rehospitalizations by 32% and healthcare costs per patient by 25%, and increase "quality adjusted life years" by 2%, the report said. However, only 10% of heart-failure patients are enrolled in disease-management programs. The report is available online at www.nehi.net. -- by Modern Physician/MP Stat
Report backs disease management for heart failure
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