Cleveland HeartLab Inc., the premier cardiovascular disease management company, and MDVIP, the leader in personalized, preventive medicine, are pleased to announce the publication of a seminal peer review study in the Journal of Medical Economics. The study shows that by improving cardiovascular disease risk (CVD) assessment, CHL's inflammation testing could reduce heart attacks and strokes by nearly 10 percent.
The risk assessment, treatment and economic model - published by the Journal of Medical Economics and based on the risk reduction achieved among patients enrolled in the MDVIP wellness program - showed that for a typical population of 1 million Americans, the addition of CHL's inflammation testing could reduce the average heart attack and stroke rate by approximately 10 percent. This reduction results in $187.7 million in cost savings over five years, or $3.13 per member per month (PMPM) for the typical U.S. commercial payer compared to current standard of care. This savings could dramatically impact the system as approximately 15 percent ($450 billion per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) of the $3.8 trillion spent on healthcare in 2014 went to treating heart attacks and strokes.
"This study shows that by more accurately measuring CVD risk with tools that detect arterial inflammation, we can decrease the overall number of heart attacks and strokes, allowing clinicians and health plans to deploy resources more strategically in order to better manage patient outcomes and costs," said Marc Penn, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, Director of Research at Summa Cardiovascular Institute and Chief Medical Officer of CHL. "Even small reductions in heart attacks and strokes lead to enormous cost savings because these events are so traumatic and so costly to treat. Furthermore, we're at a major crossroads in our focus on cholesterol testing to predict heart attack and stroke. As clinicians and researchers eagerly seek ways to improve the efficacy of cholesterol lowering in cardiovascular disease, there is still a great need to better assess near-term CVD risk in order to determine which patients need therapy and which patients on therapy still have excessive risk."
The publication titled: The Economic Impact of Implementing Multiple Inflammatory Biomarker-Based Approach to Identify, Treat and Reduce Cardiovascular Risk looked at the impact of inflammation testing, in addition to cholesterol testing, on the health outcomes of a typical U.S. health plan with one million members. Patients with evidence of decreased levels of inflammatory markers for CVD offered by CHL have consistently been shown to have better outcomes.
"MDVIP physicians routinely use CHL's inflammation testing and, as a result, are identifying more patients at risk in clinical practice," said Andrea Klemes, D.O., F.A.C.E., Chief Medical Officer, MDVIP. "It's rewarding to see the results that our physician network achieves through the MDVIP model by decreasing inflammation and clinical events. It's also exciting to think about the impact of these results extrapolated to a larger population. Inflammation has been proven to identify hidden risk in real-world clinical practice giving us a more complete picture of risk beyond our current arsenal of diagnostic tools."
An important and novel component of this study is the inclusion of real world data used as model inputs for the effects of a multi-marker approach to create a tiered patient risk profile and the treatment success of lowering inflammatory markers. Specifically, the measurement of Myeloperoxidase (MPO), Lp-Pla2 and hsCRP were used to generate tiered risk. These data were extrapolated onto a patient population of 1 million by a team of biostatisticians, healthcare economists and clinicians. The research model strongly suggests that by implementing routine testing with CHL inflammation testing and a multi-tiered approach to cardiovascular risk, a decrease in non-fatal MI events and non-fatal IS events can be achieved.
"While I served as Secretary of Health and Human Services a decade ago, it was already clear that the way we managed CVD in the U.S. was financially unsustainable - a reality that has only worsened," said Tommy Thompson, former U.S. HHS Secretary and a member of CHL's Board of Directors. "By controlling the costs of CVD with these advanced tests, we can materially control the cost of the healthcare system because CVD patients - a relatively small number of patients as compared to the entire population - are the most costly to treat."
Routine inflammation testing helps identify individuals with previously unidentified risk so that steps can be taken to decrease vascular inflammation, improve their state of wellness and lower their risk of a heart attack and death. This study demonstrated a significant savings in healthcare spending for 1 million patients. Applied nationally, the true savings is likely much greater. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 100 million Americans have at least one major risk factor for heart attack and stroke.
The study was conducted in collaboration with MDVIP and a team of expert economists from the Analysis Group, a leading health economics consultancy. Data from MDVIP and CHL supported the economic analysis using real-world data from over 100,000 patients who were monitored and managed using CHL's inflammation testing.