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How Hospitals Can Lessen the Cost of Heart Disease

How Hospitals Can Lessen the Cost of Heart Disease

How Hospitals Can Lessen the Cost of Heart Disease

 

How Hospitals Can Lessen the Cost of Heart Disease

 

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The portion of the U.S. population with heart disease will grow larger and live longer with the condition during the coming decades, driving up healthcare spending, according to a Health Affairs study.

 

heart monitorHowever, hospitals can help contain costs by delivering more efficient and cost-effective care, among other reforms, says Ankur Pandya, PhD, an assistant professor of public health at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and one of the study’s authors.

 

The study predicts the average 10-year risk of heart disease will rise to 15.1 percent for men and 8.6 for women by 2030, compared with 12.7 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively, in 1991. The number of people who put themselves at risk by smoking is on the decline, and treatment continues to improve and drive down mortality rates. However, those factors won’t outweigh the influence of the obesity epidemic and the aging baby boomer population, according to the study.

 

As the prevalence of heart disease and the life expectancy of those who have it go up, healthcare costs will also increase, Dr. Pandya says.

 

Coronary heart disease alone costs the U.S. $108.9 billion annually, including the cost of healthcare services, medications and lost productivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Pandya says heart disease is the costliest disease category, and hospital spending accounts for about half of the cost of treating it.

 

“Our model from the study forecasts that we’re going to see an increase in the number of acute cardiovascular events,” he says. “This would imply that if hospitals could improve the efficiency in how they handle cardiovascular disease, it could have a real impact.”

 

Reducing hospital readmissions, optimizing workflow in the acute-care setting and the implementation of cost-effective practices could all reduce the prevalence of heart disease and subsequently help contain costs, he says.

 

Hospitals should continue to identify high-value practices by asking themselves if the most costly services they deliver are worth the money in terms of health outcomes, he says. Incentivizing cost-effectiveness and discouraging unnecessary imaging, lab tests and other potentially unneeded procedures could go a long way to stop healthcare spending from ballooning along with the incidence of heart disease.

 

For providers looking for guidance on reducing unnecessary care, the Advancing Medical Professional to Improve Health Care Foundation’s Choosing Wisely initiative has compiled lists of five things physicians and patients should question to eliminate unneeded care from specialty societies representing more than 500,000 physicians.

 

The study also concludes policies that aim to fight high blood pressure and cholesterol as well as obesity would help stop skyrocketing rates of the condition.

 

However, the advancing age of the baby boomers will still inevitably make the condition a bigger issue, Dr. Pandya says. The aging population is a significant factor driving the increase in spending on major healthcare programs overall, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Between now and 2038, the portion of the population aged 65 and older is expected to increase from 14 percent to 21 percent. Furthermore, the percentage of the population 80 and older will grow from 4 percent to 7 percent.

 

“You can only plan for the surge in prevalence and become as efficient as possible to keep cardiovascular disease spending under control,” Dr. Pandya says.

 

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White House Delays Penalties for Uninsured by 6 Weeks

White House Delays Penalties for Uninsured by 6 Weeks

White House Delays Penalties for Uninsured by 6 Weeks

 

White House Delays Penalties for Uninsured by 6 Weeks

 

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The Obama administration has pushed back the date it will start imposing penalties on people who don’t purchase insurance by six weeks, according to a Kaiser Health News report.

 

Consumers can now wait until March 31 to choose a policy and enroll without facing fines under the healthcare reform law.

 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires most people to have health insurance by Jan. 1 or face a fine under the individual mandate. However, consumers who are uninsured for less than three consecutive months won’t face penalties, so only those still without coverage after March 31 would have been fined, according to the report. That means people would have to enroll by Feb. 15 to allow time for processing.

 

The announcement comes on the heels of a push by Senate Democrats, including Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), to delay the individual mandate in light of the technical issues with HealthCare.gov that have prevented people from purchasing coverage, according to the report.

 

Since the federal exchange site launched earlier this month, it has experienced glitches such as people not being able to create accounts and crashes due to high traffic. HHS has acknowledged design flaws in the website and has announced a “tech surge” led by experts and specialists from inside and outside the government to fix the errors.

 

However, the White House isn’t linking the enrollment deadline delay to the technical issues, according to the report.

 

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