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Medical News and Perspectives
August 10, 2011

Performance Measures for Cardiology Focus on Improving Patient Outcomes

JAMA. 2011;306(6):595-597. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1101

Newly revised performance measures for the treatment of adults with coronary artery disease and hypertension represent a step toward shifting focus from the physician's actions to the patient's progress.

The updated performance measures, released June 13, assess not just how well a physician treats a patient, but also how well the physician helps the patient control his or her coronary artery disease and hypertension (Drozda J et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011;58[3]:316-336). The update was issued by the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, convened by the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the American Medical Association.

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