Analysis of the Changing Economics of US Hospital Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Programs

Vinayak Kumar, Gurpreet S. Sandhu, Charles M. Harper, Henry H. Ting, Charanjit S. Rihal

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New technologies in medicine, even if they are promising medically, are often expensive and logistically difficult to implement at the hospital level. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a model technology that is revolutionary in treating aortic stenosis, but has been plagued with significant challenges with financial sustainability. In this article, a margin analysis at the hospital level was performed using literature data. A TAVR industry analysis was performed using Porter's Five Forces framework. The data indicate that TAVR is more expensive than surgical aortic valve replacement, although the cost of TAVR is declining with the use of an optimized minimalist protocol. The overall industry is growing as its clinical indications expand, and it will likely undergo significant reduction of costs when new valves enter the US market. As such, TAVR is a growing industry, with financial sustainability currently dependent on operational efficiency. A concluding list of specific program interventions is provided to help TAVR programs improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes, as well as help decide whether to create, expand, or redirect funding for TAVR programs. Importantly, the frameworks used to analyze this rapidly evolving technology can be applied to other new technologies to determine financial sustainability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-182
Number of pages9
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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