Home Monitoring Heart Failure Care Does Not Improve Patient Outcomes: Looking Beyond Telephone-Based Disease Management

  title={Home Monitoring Heart Failure Care Does Not Improve Patient Outcomes: Looking Beyond Telephone-Based Disease Management},
  author={Akshay S. Desai},
  • A. Desai
  • Published 14 February 2012
  • Medicine
  • Circulation
Despite considerable advances in evidence-based medical therapy, heart failure continues to contribute a substantial burden of morbidity, mortality, and economic cost to the American healthcare system. After an admission for heart failure management, nearly 25% of patients are readmitted within 30 days, and by 6 months, this proportion reaches nearly 50%.1,2 Medicare payments for unplanned hospital readmissions totaling more than $17 billion account for nearly 15% to 20% of total Medicare… 

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