-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Patient-focused outcomes are
emphasized in 10 updated performance measures for people with
coronary artery disease and hypertension that were released Monday
by a trio of major U.S. medical groups.
"These measures are primarily intended for the use of individual practitioners and group practices in their efforts to improve the care of patients with hypertension and those with stable coronary disease," Dr. Joseph Drozda Jr., director of outcomes research at Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, Mo., and co-chairman of the writing committee for the new measures, said in an American College of Cardiology news release.
"By adhering to the specifications called for in this measures set, entities operating such accountability programs can be assured of having high quality and clinically meaningful measures," he added.
The measures were released by the American College of Cardiology
Foundation, the American Heart Association and the American Medical
Association-convened Physician Consortium for Performance
The coronary artery disease measures include:
In the area of hypertension, the new measures include:
"This report represents an update and revision of guidelines last published in 2005" and "clearly outlines what is appropriate care for patients with coronary artery disease and/or hypertension," said Dr. Louis Evan Teichholz, chief of cardiology and medical director of cardiac services at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. "A significant change is the addition of cardiac rehabilitation referral from an outpatient setting."
Although the blood pressure and lipid guidelines have not
changed much, he said, both are "in the midst of revision and new
recommendations will be available late in 2011 or early 2012."
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more
coronary heart disease.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Copyright © EBSCO Publishing. All rights reserved.