An article “An early analysis of cost-utility of baroreflex activation therapy in advanced chronic heart failure in Germany” was published in the BMC Cardiovascular Disorders.
The study concluded that Baroreflex activation therapy (BAT) using the Barostim neo™ device (CVRx Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA) compared with optimized medical management in patients with advanced chronic heart failure (NYHA class III) who were not eligible for treatment with cardiac resynchronization therapy, can be cost-effective from a statutory health insurance perspective in Germany over a lifetime horizon.
BAT led to an incremental cost of €33,185 (95% credible interval [CI] €24,561–38,637) and incremental benefits of 1.78 [95% CI 0.45–2.71] life-years and 1.19 [95% CI 0.30–1.81] quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). This resulted in an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of €27,951/QALY (95% CI €21,357–82,970). BAT had a 59% probability of being cost-effective at a willingness-to-pay threshold of €35,000/QALY (but 84% at a threshold of €52,000/QALY).
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