Tag Archives: PATIENTS

Tens of Thousands of Heart Patients May Not Need Open-Heart Surgery

ImageWith TAVR, the only incision is a small hole in the groin where a catheter is inserted. Traditional surgery involves cracking open the ribs and stopping the heart to insert the new valve.CreditJean-Paul Chassenet/Science Source The operation is a daring one: To replace a failing heart valve, cardiologists insert a replacement through a patient’s groin… Read More »

Paying patients to shop yields modest savings, Health Affairs study finds

Dive Brief: Paying patients to shift to lower-price providers could be a successful — albeit limited — option for helping employers and insurers lower healthcare costs, a new study in Health Affairs suggests. Researchers looked at the impact of a program that rewards people who agreed to receive one of 131 elective procedures from a designated… Read More »