- Published in Disease Management (now Population Health Management) -

Effectiveness of Heart Failure Disease Management

Author(s): Janice L. Clarke, RN, BBA and David B. Nash, MD, MBA

Population Health ManagementA prevalent, chronic condition among members of the mushrooming elderly population in the United States, heart failure (HF) is a logical focus for population-based disease management. Evidence supporting the premise that multidisciplinary interventions can significantly improve clinical outcomes while decreasing the cost of medical care for people with HF is steadily mounting. A growing number of controlled and observational studies focus on the effects of HF disease management on re-admission rates, length of stay, and improvement in appropriate diagnostic testing and prescribing. This paper describes a large-scale, comprehensive HF program and reports on clinical quality, utilization, and financial outcomes observed after 1 year. The preliminary findings strengthen the case for comprehensive HF disease management as an effective means for improving clinical outcomes and reducing total medical costs for large patient populations.

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Topics: Health Conditions Older Populations Performance/Productivity Peer Reviewed Health Plan & Health System Medical Costs & Utilization