Nearly one in five patients hospitalized with heart attack and one in four patients hospitalized with heart failure are readmitted within 30 days of discharge, often for conditions seemingly unrelated to the original diagnosis. Readmissions can be related to issues like stresses within the hospital, fragility on discharge, lack of understanding of discharge instructions and inability to carry out discharge instructions.
The ACC and founding sponsor AstraZeneca
are developing the ACC Patient Navigator Program
to address these issues through a personalized approach focused on meeting the needs of heart disease patients before and after they leave the hospital. The program will support a team of caregivers dedicated to helping patients overcome challenges during their hospital stay and in the weeks following discharge when they are most vulnerable. The ultimate goal of the program is to develop and support a culture of patient-centered care that can be implemented in other hospitals.
Hospitals that participate in the ACC’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®-GWTGTM and the Hospital to Home (H2H) Initiative are eligible to participate. The ACC Patient Navigator Program combines the power of the registry’s infrastructure with improvement strategies, toolkits, and other best practices learned from the H2H Community in more than 1,500 hospitals in the US.
Interested hospitals are invited to send an email to email@example.com or call (800) 257-4737 for more information. When writing, please include “ACC Patient Navigator” in the email subject line.