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Heart Failure Care

What is Heart Failure?  Heart failure (HF) is a common medical condition.  About 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure, and it is the cause of about 300,000 deaths each year.  In heart failure, the heart does not pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.  Because the heart is not pumping effectively, blood is not able to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the parts of the body.  As a result, fluid and waste products accumulate in parts of the body, such as lungs, feet and legs.  

 

Since 2004, all Baystate Health facilities have been publicly reporting Heart Failure care through the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA).  This reporting helps to ensure that every patient who comes to BH with heart failure receives all appropriate treatments to reduce sickness and death.  

HEART FAILURE Care Measures

 

HIGHER IS BETTER

Baystate Medical Center Best U.S. Hospitals*
October - December 2012
Discharge Instructions:  When discharged, patients with heart failure should receive instructions on their medications, diet, activity, and should be instructed on what to do if their heart failure symptoms worsen. 97.1% 100%
Evaluation of LVS Function:  Left ventricular systolic function, LVS, is a measure of how well the lower left chamber of the heart contracts or "squeezes."  A low LVS, called Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD), is a sign of heart failure and should be evaluated. 100% 100%
ACEi or ARB for LVSD:  ACEi and ARBs are medications prescribed for patients with heart failure symptoms or reduced heart function to reduce the risk of death. 100% 100%
Composite Process Score: A summary score of how often we provide each of the above-listed recommended measures to patients based on their specific conditions. 98.8% 100%
Appropriate Care Score:  A score that summarizes whether patients received all of the appropriate treatments that they should have based on their specific conditions. 97.6% 100%

*Benchmark is HQID Top 10%

 

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HEART FAILURE Care Measures

 

HIGHER IS BETTER

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Best U.S. Hospitals*
October - December 2012
Discharge Instructions:  When discharged, patients with heart failure should receive instructions on their medications, diet, activity, and should be instructed on what to do if their heart failure symptoms worsen.

 

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Evaluation of LVS Function:  Left ventricular systolic function, LVS, is a measure of how well the lower left chamber of the heart contracts or "squeezes."  A low LVS, called Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD), is a sign of heart failure and should be evaluated. 100% 100%
ACEi or ARB for LVSD:  ACEi and ARBs are medications prescribed for patients with heart failure symptoms or reduced heart function to reduce the risk of death. 88.9% 100%
Composite Process Score: A summary score of how often we provide each of the above-listed recommended measures to patients based on their specific conditions. 98.8% 100%
Appropriate Care Score:  A score that summarizes whether patients received all of the appropriate treatments that they should have based on their specific conditions. 97.6% 100%

*Benchmark is HQID Top 10%

 

For more information on Quality at Baystate Health

For more information on Baystate Medical Center

For more information on Baystate Franklin Medical Center

For more information on Baystate Mary Lane Hospital

For more information on Baystate Health Ambulance

For more information on Baystate’s Heart and Vascular Program

For more information on Baystate Hospitals HQA rates and death rates

HEART FAILURE Care Measures

 

HIGHER IS BETTER

Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Best U.S. Hospitals*
October - December 2012
Discharge Instructions:  When discharged, patients with heart failure should receive instructions on their medications, diet, activity, and should be instructed on what to do if their heart failure symptoms worsen. 100% 100%
Evaluation of LVS Function:  Left ventricular systolic function, LVS, is a measure of how well the lower left chamber of the heart contracts or "squeezes."  A low LVS, called Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD), is a sign of heart failure and should be evaluated. 93.3% 100%
ACEi or ARB for LVSD:  ACEi and ARBs are medications prescribed for patients with heart failure symptoms or reduced heart function to reduce the risk of death. 100% 100%
Composite Process Score: A summary score of how often we provide each of the above-listed recommended measures to patients based on their specific conditions. 96.9% 100%
Appropriate Care Score:  A score that summarizes whether patients received all of the appropriate treatments that they should have based on their specific conditions. 93.3% 100%

*Benchmark is HQID Top 10%

 

For more information on Quality at Baystate Health

For more information on Baystate Medical Center

For more information on Baystate Franklin Medical Center

For more information on Baystate Mary Lane Hospital

For more information on Baystate Health Ambulance

For more information on Baystate’s Heart and Vascular Program

For more information on Baystate Hospitals HQA rates and death rates

 

 

 

   

  

   

 

 

For more information on Quality at Baystate Health

For more information on Baystate Medical Center

For more information on Baystate Franklin Medical Center

For more information on Baystate Mary Lane Hospital

For more information on Baystate Health Ambulance

For more information on Baystate’s Heart and Vascular Program

For more information on Baystate Hospitals HQA rates and death rates