Cost-effectiveness of a multidimensional post-discharge disease management program for heart failure patients—economic evaluation along a one-year observation period

T Egelseer-Bruendl, B Jahn, M Arvandi, S Puntscher, J Santamaria, L Brunelli, K Weissenegger, B Pfeifer, S Neururer, C Rissbacher, A Huber, B Fetz, C Kleinheinz, R Modre-Osprian, K Kreiner, U Siebert, G Poelzl

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of the telemedically assisted post-discharge management program (DMP) HerzMobil Tirol (HMT) for heart failure (HF) patients in clinical practice in Austria.

METHODS: We conducted a cost-effectiveness analysis along a retrospective cohort study (2016-2019) of HMT with a propensity score matched cohort of 251 individuals in the HMT and 257 in the usual care (UC) group and a 1-year follow-up. We calculated the effectiveness (hospital-free survival, hospital-free life-years gained, and number of avoided rehospitalizations), costs (HMT, rehospitalizations), and the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER). We performed a nonparametric sensitivity analysis with bootstrap sampling and sensitivity analyses on costs of HF rehospitalizations and on costs per disease-related diagnosis (DRG) score for rehospitalizations.

RESULTS: Base-case analysis showed that HMT resulted in an average of 42 additional hospital-free days, 40 additional days alive, and 0.12 avoided hospitalizations per patient-year compared with UC during follow-up. The average HMT costs were EUR 1916 per person. Mean rehospitalization costs were EUR 5551 in HMT and EUR 6943 in UC. The ICER of HMT compared to UC was EUR 4773 per life-year gained outside the hospital. In a sensitivity analysis, HMT was cost-saving when "non-HF related costs" related to the DMP were replaced with average costs.

CONCLUSIONS: The economic evaluation along the cohort study showed that the HerzMobil Tirol is very cost-effective compared to UC and cost-saving in a sensitivity analysis correcting for "non-HF related costs." These findings promote a widespread adoption of telemedicine-assisted DMP for HF.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)1-10
Seitenumfang10
FachzeitschriftClinical Research in Cardiology
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PublikationsstatusElektronische Veröffentlichung vor Drucklegung - 14 Feb. 2024

Research Field

  • Exploration of Digital Health

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