Evidence-based Strategies Improve Outcomes for Older Heart Attack Victims

Since its founding in 1989, Hayes, Inc. has set the standard in the healthcare industry for evidence-based, clinically sound processes that improve the quality and the cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery. For proof of the efficacy of this approach, consider an article that appeared in March 2019 in JAMA Network Open, a publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Authored by Harland Krumholz, M.D., a cardiologist and health care researcher at Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital, and his colleagues, the article reviews a study of more than 4.3 million Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries between Jan. 1, 1995, and Dec. 31, 2014, across 5,680 U.S. hospitals. It concludes that the use of evidence-based strategies in the treatment of elderly patients who have suffered Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) has led to declines in mortality rates, hospitalization time, and readmissions.

The study found that “from 1995 through 2014, the Medicare fee-for-service population experienced a remarkable and progressive improvement in the hospitalization rates for AMI and the 30-day mortality rate after AMI… The improvements were consistent across demographic groups defined by age, sex, race, and eligibility for Medicaid. Almost all hospitals improved over this period…”

The authors found that over the course of the period included in the study, “the use of evidence-based strategies improved dramatically.” The authors also credited improvements in treatment options and lifestyle changes for the positive trend.

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