All 10 hospitals participating in a pilot program designed to reduce disparities and improve outcomes for cardiac care patients have achieved their goals, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). For the 29-month Expecting Success collaborative—which was introduced in 2005—the foundation asked selected hospitals to develop and share tools for improving cardiac care for black and Hispanic patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or congestive heart failure (HF).
Expecting Success is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) intended to improve the quality of health care provided to minority populations in the United States. This program is part of the RWJF's overall effort to develop solutions to the well-documented problem of racial and ethnic disparities in health care. The Expecting Success program consists of hospitals across the country applying quality improvement techniques to the challenge of reducing health care disparities.
Expecting Success is focusing on the continuum of cardiovascular care delivered in inpatient and outpatient settings with four goals:
•· To improve cardiovascular care for African Americans and Latinos;
•· To develop effective, replicable quality-improvement strategies, models and resources;
•· To encourage the spread of those strategies and models to clinical areas outside of cardiac care; and
•· To share relevant lessons with health care providers and policy-makers.
(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, November 13, 2008; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, http://upmc.com, accessed November 19, 2008; The Wall Street Journal, http://wsj.com, accessed November 19, 2008)