Heart Failure Quality Measures

  • Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure or CHF, occurs when the heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood through the body. The heart keeps pumping, but not as efficiently as a healthy heart. Heart failure interferes with the kidneys’ ability to remove excess waste from the body. The extra fluid causes the ankles and legs to swell. Fluid can also collect in the lungs, making it hard to breathe.

    There are proven standards of care that improve the quality of life for people with heart failure. Those standards are listed in the first column of the table below. Click on each term to learn what it means. The column in gray shows how well similar hospitals around the country provided the standards of care for heart failure patients. The next columns show how well Memorial University Medical Center met those standards of care for people with heart failure. A higher score is better.

      2014 National Peer Data 2014
    Jan.-Sept.
    2013
    Total
    2012
    Total
    2011
    Total
    2010
    Total
    2009
    Total
    Quality Measure (Click on each term to learn more)
    LVF Assessment 99.55% 100% 100% 99.65% 98.62% 97.54% 96.62%
    DC Instructions 95.36% 95.08% 98.47% 97.37% 97.67% 93.83% 86.81%
    ACEI for LVSD 97.45% 97.1% 97.73% 93.14% 89.80% 86.41% 96.20%
    Smoking Cessation This measure is no longer tracked This measure is no longer tracked This measure is no longer tracked This measure is no longer tracked 100% 100% 100%

    Memorial Health Vs. National Average

    The graphs below show how Memorial Health compares to other hospitals nationwide. The national average is pulled from all hospitals submitting data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) during a specific time frame. The numbers below represent 2013 data. A higher number is better.

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     LVF Assessment – Left Ventricular Systolic Function Assessment

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    LVF Assessment – Left Ventricular Systolic Function Assessment

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    Quality MeasurePercentage of patients who had the left side of their heart assessed during their hospital stay at Memorial University Medical Center.
    Why is this important?The left side of the heart is where the main pumping chamber is located. By assessing it, doctors can tell how well it is pumping and what type of treatment is needed.

     

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     Discharge Instructions

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    Quality MeasurePercentage of heart failure patients who were taught how to manage their condition when they were discharged from Memorial University Medical Center.
    Why is this important?Congestive heart failure does not go away. It must be managed every day with diet, exercise, medication, and other methods. Patients receive thorough discharge instructions to help them control heart failure and prevent further organ damage. The instructions include information about diet, exercise, weight monitoring, follow-up appointments, medications, and signs and symptoms that should be reported to a doctor.

     

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     ACEI for LVSD – ACE Inhibitor for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction

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    ACEI for LVSD – ACE Inhibitor for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction

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    Quality MeasurePercentage of people with left ventricular systolic dysfunction who were prescribed ACE inhibitors when they were discharged from Memorial University Medical Center.
    Why is this important?Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are drugs that are especially helpful for people with damage on the left side of their heart (left ventricular systolic dysfunction). ACE inhibitors lower blood pressure.

     

     

    LVF Assessment – Left Ventricular Systolic Function Assessment

    LVF Assessment – Left Ventricular Systolic Function Assessment

    LVF-Assessment-–-Left-Ventricular-Systolic-Function-Assessment

    Quality MeasurePercentage of patients who had the left side of their heart assessed during their hospital stay at Memorial University Medical Center.
    Why is this important?The left side of the heart is where the main pumping chamber is located. By assessing it, doctors can tell how well it is pumping and what type of treatment is needed.

    Discharge Instructions

    Discharge Instructions

    Discharge-Instructions-Heart

    Quality MeasurePercentage of heart failure patients who were taught how to manage their condition when they were discharged from Memorial University Medical Center.
    Why is this important?Congestive heart failure does not go away. It must be managed every day with diet, exercise, medication, and other methods. Patients receive thorough discharge instructions to help them control heart failure and prevent further organ damage. The instructions include information about diet, exercise, weight monitoring, follow-up appointments, medications, and signs and symptoms that should be reported to a doctor.

    ACEI for LVSD – ACE Inhibitor for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction

    ACEI for LVSD – ACE Inhibitor for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction

    ACEI-for-LVSD-–-ACE-Inhibitor-for-Left-Ventricular-Systolic-Dysfunction

    Quality MeasurePercentage of people with left ventricular systolic dysfunction who were prescribed ACE inhibitors when they were discharged from Memorial University Medical Center.
    Why is this important?Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are drugs that are especially helpful for people with damage on the left side of their heart (left ventricular systolic dysfunction). ACE inhibitors lower blood pressure.