Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CHF(Chronic Heart Failure) Discharge Instructions

The national average across participating hospitals for heart failure patients receiving discharge instructions (HF-1) is 94%. There is no mystery as to why it is that high, after all this was one of the very first quality measures rolled out to hospitals that accept Medicare over 10 years ago (May 2001).
Why is it important for a CHF/Heart Failure patient to get discharge instructons? From Medicare’s website: Heart failure is a chronic condition. It results in symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, and fatigue. Before you leave the hospital, the staff at the hospital should provide you with information to help you manage the symptoms after you get home. The information should include your

·         Activity level (what you can and can't do);
·         Diet (what you should, and shouldn't eat or drink);
·         Medications;
·         Follow-up appointment;
·         Watching your daily weight; and
·         What to do if your symptoms get worse.

Giving discharge instructions to CHF patients is particularly important since 23% of heart failure patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days unplanned.

To see how your hospital performs, look them up by zip code here and click on their quality tab to see what their success rate is in giving discharge instructions to heart failure patients.

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