Vascular Access Surveillance Can Justify Itself Reducing access complications reduces missed treatments and catheter usage

Vasc-Alert Can Pay for Itself

Access complications are not just a cost to the payer. They can be costly to facilities as well. The typical patient who converts from an AV access to a catheter will miss an extra 2 to 4 treatments per year. In addition, the cost for a dialysis session increases when a patient is using a catheter, and patients that do convert can average 40-50 Txs on a catheter. When these costs are added up for the typical facility, these costs can average between $300 and $500 per AV patient/yr. By reducing thrombosis by referral for an intervention, these costs can be reduced to well below $100 per AV patient. The savings of $200 to $400 per patient easily pays for the Vasc-Alert service.

Value-Based Medicine

The dialysis sector is moving quickly toward a more value-based reimbursement business environment. Acceptance of higher risk can provide commensurate returns for the provider if they are successful in keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital. Studies have indicated that 15% to 20% of hospitalizations are due to access-related issues. Improved access care can play a large role in reducing these costs. Keeping even one patient out of the hospital can easily pay for the Vasc-Alert service for the entire facility. For organizations considering value-based contracts, Vasc-Alert is open to discussing entering into a risk-based relationship as a vendor.

Cost of Subscription Service

Vasc-Alert is available for a nominal yearly subscription based on the number of AV access patients in the facility. Included in the subscription price is ongoing clinical support and training of users, weekly and monthly reports, training podcasts, and data analysis upon request.

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