Why Should the Public Care About Public Reporting?

Patient Engagement Pavilion Presentations Focus on Empowering Patients, Clinicians and Caregivers.

Over the past two days the Patient Engagement Pavilion has been the go-to spot to learn about programs, tools and resources which address the needs of cardiovascular clinicians and patients.

Yesterday, Gregory Dehmer, MD, FACC, presented on why the public should care about public reporting, and gave an overview of ACC’s public reporting program and shared how health care providers and patients can work together to make informed cardiac care decisions using Find Your Heart a Home.

ACC’s public reporting program, which launched in 2015, unleashes for the first time important information about NCDR hospitals’ quality improvement efforts and robust data from the CathPCI Registry and ICD Registry. The voluntary program was developed over several years to arm patients with information about the quality of care provided at NCDR hospitals, empowering them to take an active role in their cardiac care decisions. Additionally, public reporting incentivizes clinicians and health care organizations to improve quality of care.

Data on several measures related to percutaneous coronary intervention and implantable cardioverter defibrillator procedures are now available to the public through Find Your Heart a Home, powered by CardioSmart.

In this era of health care transparency, patients and their families want access to credible information about quality of care to help them make informed decisions. Find Your Heart a Home enables them to search and select hospitals based on the cardiac services provided and data related to the quality of care delivered.

Today, additional presentations include a tour of CardioSmart’s new PVD Condition Center given by Khusrow Niazi, MD, FACC, of Emory University; the impact of congenital heart disease on families given by Jodi Lemacks, Esq., national program director of Mended Little Hearts; a presentation by Mellanie True Hills, CEO and founder of StopAfib.org, on how to help patients identify credible and trustworthy web resources for their health care; and George T. Chiampas, DO, of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, on the impact of cardiac health and sudden cardiac survival in sports.

Clinical Topics: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, Invasive Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, Sports and Exercise Cardiology, Implantable Devices, SCD/Ventricular Arrhythmias

Keywords: ACC Publications, ACC Annual Scientific Session, Caregivers, Defibrillators, Implantable, Health Resources, Heart Diseases, Patient Participation, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Power (Psychology), Quality Improvement, Registries, Sports, Voluntary Programs


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