Heart Failure Admission Rate (PQI 8)
Admissions with a principal diagnosis of heart failure per 100,000 populations, ages 18 years and older. Excludes cardiac procedure admissions, obstetric admissions, and transfers from other institutions. NOTE: The software provides the rate per population. However, common practice reports the measure as per 100,000 population. The user must multiply the rate obtained from the software by 100,000 to report admissions per 100,000.
ACP does not support this measure for several reasons: 1) the patient populations should be stratified for accurate comparisons in a value-based care environment; 2) the measure specifications do not distinguish between chronic and newly diagnosed heart failure patients; and 3) it is unclear whether the intent of the measure is to identify characteristics of individual Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or to be used as a utilization measure.