Improved outcomes fuel hospital use of treatment guidelines

In light of recent studies showing improved outcomes among hospitals that have signed up for the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Get With the Guidelines program—which aims to improve treatment and eliminate disparities in care for heart disease and stroke patients—the Wall Street Journal reports that facilities are joining the program “at an accelerated pace,” following release of recent studies showing improved outcomes at hospitals enrolled in the program.


According to the article, a Federal push to get hospitals to follow prescribed treatment guidelines is showing promising results in improving care for stroke and heart-attack patients and preventing repeat hospitalizations for those with heart failure. About 1,600 U.S. hospitals, or about a third of the total, have so far signed up with the program.


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(SOURCE: Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, April 16, 2009)