Receives Get With The Guidelines award for treating heart failure patients.
UC Irvine Health has received the Get With The Guidelines– Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that UC Irvine Health has achieved the goal of treating heart failure patients according to the secondary prevention guidelines recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.
This marks the fourth year the American Heart Association program has recognized UC Irvine Health with this quality achievement award. Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospitals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.
“We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality care and improving patient outcomes,” said Dr. Dawn Lombardo, director of the UC Irvine Health heart failure program. “The American Heart Association’s recognition of our commitment demonstrates that our patients can expect to receive the latest standards of care for treating heart failure.”
UC Irvine’s cardiology team earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as evidenced based beta-blockers, ACE/ARB inhibitors, Aldosterone Antagonist and anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation while patients are in the hospital. Before patients are discharged, they are educated on how to manage their heart failure and overall health, are provided referrals to our heart failure outpatient management program, and receive post discharge follow-up phone calls.
UC Irvine Health exceeded the national benchmarks in six of the nine Heart Failure Quality Measures for 12 consecutive months to achieve the Plus designation, and in all four of the Heart Failure Achievement Measures for two consecutive years to achieve the Gold designation.
UC Irvine Medical Center also received the association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll for the first time this year, exceeding the national benchmark for 50 percent or more of eligible patients in all three care components – medication optimization, early follow-up and care coordination, and enhanced patient education.