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Heart Failure Practice Highlights

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Familiarity with guideline recommendations and performance measures for heart failure (HF) care is essential. The Practice Highlights documents provide you with the recommendations relevant to meeting five primary HF performance measures and how to satisfy reporting on those measures.

Select from any of the 5 Practice Highlights listed below to view these guideline summaries:

  1. Symptom and Activity Assessment
  2. LV EF Assessment
  3. ACE/ARB Therapy for patients with LVSD
  4. Beta Blocker Therapy for patients with LVSD
  5. Patient Self-care Education

Each Practice Highlight presents information in the following side-by-side format:

Guideline Recommended Practice
Performance Measure Reporting
Recommended Care
This text highlights recommended care that addresses each HF performance measure.
Source: Text excerpted or adapted from the 2009 Focused Update Incorporated Into the ACC/AHA 2005 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure in Adults. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2009, 53:1-90. Available at: content.onlinejacc.org/ cgi/content/full/ j.jacc.2008.11.013.
What's Being Measured
Describes what each performance measure is measuring, the action required for a targeted population, and the measurement timeframe.
How to Satisfy this Measure
Explains what needs to be done and documented in order to successfully "meet" this performance measure. It captures the technical components of the numerator, denominator, and exceptions for each measure.
Source: Text excerpted or adapted from the 2010/2011 PCPI Heart Failure Performance Measure Set. Available at: ama-assn.org/apps/listserv/x-check/ qmeasure.cgi?submit=PCPI.