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J Healthc Qual. 2011 Jul-Aug;33(4):29-36. doi: 10.1111/j.1945-1474.2010.00124.x. Epub 2011 Jan 18.

Heart failure patients receiving ACEIs/ARBs were less likely to be hospitalized or to use emergency care in the following year.

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IMS Health, Woodland Hills, CA, USA.


Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) have been shown to decrease morbidity and mortality in heart failure (HF) patients in randomized-controlled trials; observational studies have confirmed this benefit among patients discharged with HF. Investigating the benefit of ACEIs or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) among general HF patients has important implications for quality-of-care measurement and quality initiatives. The objective of this study is to assess the impact of receipt of ACEIs/ARBs among patients with HF on hospitalization, emergency care, and healthcare cost during the following year. Using administrative data, we identified HF patients between 2000 and 2005 in a large health plan (n=2,396 patients). We conducted multivariate analysis to assess the impact of receipt of an ACEI/ARB on likelihood of hospitalization and emergency care, and on total healthcare cost. We found that patients who received ACEIs/ARBs were less likely to be hospitalized (odds ratio [OR]=0.82, p<.05) or use emergency care (OR=0.82, p<.05) in the following year. Receipt of ACEIs/ARBs was not associated with significantly increased cost. Incentivizing the receipt of ACEIs/ARBs in a general population with HF may be a suitable target for pay-for-performance programs, disease management programs, or newer complementary frameworks, such as value-based insurance design.

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