Home-based care drops costs for chronic heart failure

The multicentre study of 280 patients found that home-based intervention or outreach care cost $3.93 million compared to $5.53 million for clinical-based management – a saving of $1.1 million or 30% per 100 patients.

The home-based intervention was not superior to the clinic-based intervention in reducing all-cause death or hospitalisation.

However, patients assigned to the nurse-led home care had fewer days of hospitalisation, including unplanned readmission during 12–18 months of follow-up.

Lead investigator and head of preventative cardiology at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute