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Tactile Medical Announces New Clinical Publication Demonstrating the Health and Economic Benefits of Flexitouch for ...

Data repository, which leverages the power of medical and pharmacy claims data from more than 180 million Americans who have been members of a Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plan in the last ten years. Patients included in the study had continuous health plan enrollment for at least 18 months, were diagnosed with phlebolymphedema, and had at least one claim for conservative therapy, either alone or in addition to a pneumatic compression device.

Researchers found that management of phlebolymphedema with Flexitouch in addition to conservative therapy was associated with significant reductions in per patient per year total costs (69% lower than management with conservative therapy alone (P=0.001), 85% lower compared to simple pneumatic compression devices (P=0.008), and 53% lower than with other advanced pneumatic compression devices (P=0.032), each illustrating statistical significance). The lower per patient per year total costs were largely due to lower inpatient and outpatient hospital costs. Mattys also said, “This new publication highlights the potential for retrospective analyses of large institutional health plans in order to better understand the potential impact of devices on patient well-being and outcomes.”