According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the cause of 1 in every 4 deaths. This disease changes the lives of millions of Americans and is an expensive one. In fact, coronary heart disease costs the country almost $109 billion each year!
This infographic from Healthline outlines the danger of heart disease as well as some ways patients can maintain their heart health.
But beyond patients taking better care of their health, what should providers and payers be doing to fight heart health issues? Finding ways to treat this widespread disease efficiently and effectively should be at the forefront of health care systems across the nation.
In August, the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3) publicly released its episode of care – or what we call evidence-informed case rate (ECR) – definitions. These definitions are a valuable tool for those looking to provide the best care at an affordable cost through the implementation of various payment reform models, such as ACOs, bundled payments, reference pricing or through cost and quality analysis.
In 2014, we hosted a series of webinars to explore specific clinical domains and how they are covered with the ECR definitions. This month, we launch our 2015 series with a focus on heart disease.
On Tuesday, January 20 at 5 p.m. ET, Dr. Paul Casale, Cardiologist at Lancaster General Health and Dr. Amita Rastogi, HCI3 Medical Director, focus on cardiac episodes such as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
We invite you to attend to learn how these ECRs are constructed and can be used in practice.