Treating heart-failure patients
We look at several factors to come up with a performance score to measure how we treat heart-failure patients.
* Latest national data available (through 2011). National data is presented yearly
How we determine our score: We track the percentage of our patients who receive care according to these national standards and combine those percentages for an overall average or performance score. The standards are:
Education: The number of heart-failure patients who receive written materials to help them manage their care and symptoms.
Echocardiogram: The number of heart-failure patients who receive an echocardiogram, which measures how well their heart functions.
Medications: The number of heart-failure patients who receive appropriate medications.
Smoking: The number of heart-failure patients who are given advice during their hospital stay about how to stop smoking.