As of Nov. 2, data on several medication discharge measures related to percutaneous coronary intervention and implantable cardioverter defibrillator procedures are publicly available for the first time. CathPCI Registry hospitals and ICD Registry hospitals that volunteered to participate in ACC’s public reporting program now have their results posted on ACC’s CardioSmart website. By publicly reporting, hospitals demonstrate their dedication to quality improvement and transparency, and empower patients to make informed decisions about their cardiovascular care. “Our hope is that by tracking and publicly reporting these measures we can raise awareness of variation where it exists and help to ensure consistent, evidencebased care is provided across the U.S.,” said ACC President Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC. A Data Quality Checklist is now available to help NCDR hospitals ensure that all steps in their data management process produce complete, accurate, reliable and valid data. This tool is part of a new Public Reporting Toolkit designed to help NCDR hospitals improve on overall quality and performance for all registries, as well as publicly reported CathPCI Registry and ICD Registry metrics. Learn more about ACC’s public reporting program at ACC.org/PublicReporting. Patients, caregivers and other stakeholders can now search, compare and select hospitals via CardioSmart’s Find Your Heart a Home, a tool designed to connect cardiac patients and caregivers with the right hospital. This tool provides users with demographics and publicly reported data, important information that ensures they understand the quality of care being provided in their area and helps them make informed choices. Patients and caregivers rely on their health care providers' expertise when making cardiac care decisions. Encourage them to use Find Your Heart a Home before they receive a diagnosis, when they receive a diagnosis or when they are in need of a service not available at their health care providers' facility. Learn more at FindYourHeartaHome.org.
Published by American College of Cardiology. View All Articles.