Monday, July 28, 2014

Million Hearts Colorado: New Study Finds Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Saves Insurance Dollars

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Insurance companies should cover home blood pressure-monitoring kits because the devices could bring savings in patient health care costs over the long term, new research indicates.
"Home blood pressure monitors should be reimbursed, widely adopted across America and integrated into current clinical practice for diagnosis and treatment of hypertension," lead author Alejandro Arrieta, assistant professor in the department of health policy and management at Florida International University in Miami, said in an American Heart Association news release.
"By improving the accuracy of their blood pressure assessment and by monitoring their blood pressures outside the clinic setting, patients help themselves, help their physicians and save money for insurance companies," Arrieta said. For each dollar spent on home blood pressure kits, insurers could expect a return of 85 cents to $3.75 in the first year, and $7.50 to $19.34 over 10 years.
More than 76 million American adults have diagnosed high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, and many more have undiagnosed high blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, making periodic testing important. With a home monitoring kit people can test their blood pressure at regular intervals over several days or weeks.
The study was released online July 14 in the journal Hypertension.
High blood pressure management is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.


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