Boston — The CardioVascular Institute (CVI) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology Foundation. The award recognizes hospitals for consistently following best practices guidelines for caring for patients with heart failure.
This marks the second year that the CVI has been recognized with a quality achievement award for heart failure by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology Foundation.
Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure is a program focused on delivering quality care measures that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based standards with the goal of improving symptoms, reducing hospital readmissions and decreasing death rates for heart failure patients.
The CVI’s Advanced Heart Failure Program earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with heart failure. These measures include evaluation of a patient’s heart function, proper use of evidence-based medications, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled (within 7-10 days as recommended by the guidelines) and receive other care transition interventions, such as a follow-up phone call within 2-3 days of returning home.
“We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care for our patients with heart failure,” said Robb Kociol, MD (above right), Director of the Section of Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support at BIDMC. “Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally-agreed-upon guidelines.”
“We are pleased to recognize BIDMC for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. Get With the Guidelines research has demonstrated the impact of lowering 30-day readmissions and reducing mortality rates.”
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. Statistics show that each year about 870,000 new cases are diagnosed, and about 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.