CHALLENGE

Early identification and treatment of decompensated heart failure (DHF) is vital to improving patient outcomes and reducing readmissions. Heart failure afflicts an estimated 5.7 million Americans, with 670,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Decompensated heart failure is the major contributor to the cost of heart failure care. The average decompensated heart failure case costs approximately $27,000, while Medicare reimbursement is estimated at just over $7,000 per case.

CLINICAL APPLICABILITY

Heart failure affects an estimated 5.7 million Americans and is a leading cause of hospitalization in people over 65 years of age.
Medical costs associated with stroke are $28 billion annually.
Nearly one-quarter of heart failure patients are re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge at an average cost of $6,490 per patient.
Hospitals that exceed a target percentage of readmissions for these patients are assessed a reimbursement penalty by CMS.
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Heart failure happens when the heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs in your body. Heart failure is a serious condition, but it does not mean that the heart has stopped beating. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve quality and length of life for people who have heart failure.

SOLUTION

Medical Simulation Corporation’s course focuses on the management of patients experiencing acute decompensated heart failure. This course is designed for physicians, nurses, and technologists working in the ED, medical/surgical units, and critical care.

RESULTS

Improve compliance with discharge instructions and assessment of left ventricular function to improve cinical outcomes, reduce readmissions and improve financial performance.
Increase conformity to Joint Commission Heart Failure Quality of Care Indicators.