Heart Failure Care

About core measures

Core measures are a set of evidence-based, scientifically researched processes or standards of care that are designed to improve outcomes for patients. Hospitals nationwide use these same core measures, which were established by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2000. Our goal is to provide this “best practice” care to all of our patients and to make sure it is documented accurately. By tracking our performance on these measures we can see how well we’re doing and identify areas that might need improvement. 

*Source: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Patient given an evaluation of LVS function (HF2)

The proper treatment for heart failure depends on what area of the heart is affected. A left ventricular systolic (LVS) function assessment tells the doctor how well the left side of the heart is pumping. 

The assessment may include an echocardiogram, a physical examination, a chest x-ray, and/or blood work. 

Patient given ACE inhibitor or ARB for left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) (HF3)

Patient given an ACE inhibitor or ARB for left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) (HF3)

ACE inhibitors (angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors) and ARBs (angiotensin II receptor blockers) are medications that block a hormone in the body that causes blood vessels to narrow. They help lower blood pressure and reduce how hard the heart needs to work. Heart failure patients who receive these medications have a significantly lower risk of death. 

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