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Study Finds Longer-Term Survival After Heart Failure Discharge Linked to Hospital Performance

Medscape Medical News writes: Findings from a new report show patients with heart failure (HF) discharged from hospitals participating in a large quality-improvement program bolsters the case for preferring mortality over rehospitalization at 30 days as the better performance metric. Survival at 1 to 5 years was better for such patients cared for at Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Heart Failure centers that had lower 30-day post–HF-discharge risk-standardized mortality rates (RSMR), researchers found. Centers in the lowest quartile for 30-day RSMR tended to be those most adherent to many evidence-based HF quality measures, including assurance of follow-up within a week of discharge and prescription of device therapies.

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