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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 
2012

Cardiovascular Disease: Reducing Out-of-Pocket Costs for Cardiovascular Disease Preventive Services for Patients with High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol

Description of Resource: 
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends reducing patient out-of-pocket costs (ROPC) for medications to control high blood pressure and high cholesterol when combined with additional interventions aimed at improving patient-provider interaction and patient knowledge, such as team-based care with medication counseling, and patient education. ROPC involves the following program and policy changes that make cardiovascular disease preventive services more affordable: medications; behavioral counseling (e.g., nutrition counseling); and behavioral support (e.g., community-based weight management programs, gym membership). Costs for these services can be reduced by providing new or expanded treatment coverage and lowering or eliminating patient out-of-pocket expenses (e.g., copayments, coinsurances, deductibles).

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Developed By: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Access to Health Services
Heart Disease and Stroke
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Citation: 
The Community Guide [Internet]. Cardiovascular Disease: Reducing Out-of-Pocket Costs for Cardiovascular Disease Preventive Services for Patients with High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol. c2012– [cited 2016 Dec 30]. Available from: https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/cardiovascular-disease-reducing-out-pocket-costs-cardiovascular-disease-preventive-services