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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Heart failure patients having evaluation of left ventricular ejection fraction.

Measure Source

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Health Care Quality Improvement Program Quality Indicator.


Data source does not support detailed tables.

Data Source

CMS, Medicare Quality Improvement Organization Program.


Medicare live discharges with a principal diagnosis of heart failure (ICD-9-CM codes 402.01, 402.11, 402.91, 404.01, 404.11, 404.13, 404.91, 404.93, 428.0, 428.1, 428.20–428.23, 428.30–428.33, 428.40–428.43, 428.9).


Heart failure patients with documentation in the hospital record that left ventricular ejection fraction was assessed before arrival, during hospitalization, or is planned for after discharge.


Excludes patients less than age 18; patients transferred to another acute care hospital; patients who expired; and patients who left against medical advice; patients discharged to hospice; patients with reasons documented by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant for no LVF assessment.

This measure is also a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations core measure.



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