WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2020 — Heart failure is a major and growing public health problem in the United States with significant morbidity, mortality and associated cost. The writing committee for this 2020 document developed a new measure set to evaluate the care in both the inpatient and outpatient setting in accordance with the 2017 ACC/AHA/HFSA heart failure guideline update. The 10 new heart failure measures include: seven performance measures, two quality measures and one structural measure. The effective implementation of this measure set by clinicians, care teams and health systems will lead to significant improvements in beneficial care of adult patients with heart failure.

The 2020 ACC/AHA Clinical Performance and Quality Measures for Adults With Heart Failure is a joint guideline developed by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Task Force on Performance Measures. It will publish online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes on Monday, Nov. 2 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

The document was developed in collaboration with the Heart Failure Society of America and was endorsed by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Heart Rhythm Society, and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

View the manuscript online.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit acc.org.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.


Media Contacts:

ACC: Dana Kauffman, dkauffman@acc.org, 202-375-6294

AHA: Maggie Francis, maggie.francis@heart.org, 214-706-1382