ACC and the American Heart Association have published updated clinical performance and quality measures to benchmark and improve the quality of care for adult patients hospitalized with ST-elevation and non–ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI and NSTEMI, respectively).
The new measure set is based on a thorough review of recent clinical practice guidelines and other clinical guidance documents, including new STEMI and NSTEMI guidelines published in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The writing committee also examined available information on disparities in care to determine which new measures might be appropriate as performance versus quality measures for this update. As a result of these efforts, a total of 24 measures are included in the new measure set, of which 17 are performance measures and seven are quality measures. Read More >>>
Moving forward, writing committee members stress “the impact of these and other measures on hospital quality should be the focus of future research.” They also “emphasize the importance of assessing the impact of compliance (or lack thereof) to some or all performance measures on short- and long-term clinical outcomes.”
"Implementation of this measure set by health care providers, physician practices and hospital systems will enhance the quality of care and likely improve outcomes of patients hospitalized with a heart attack." — Hani Jneid, MD, FACC
“Implementation of this measure set by health care providers, physician practices and hospital systems will enhance the quality of care and likely improve outcomes of patients hospitalized with a heart attack,” said Hani Jneid, MD, FACC, chair of the writing committee for the measures. “The writing committee acknowledges that the new measures created in this set will need to be tested and validated over time. By publishing this performance and quality measure set, we hope to encourage their widespread and expeditious adoption, as well as facilitate the collection and analysis of data needed to continuously assess their relevance over time.”
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