Mission: Lifeline - Guiding Principles

Updated:Mar 9,2011

Mission: Lifeline is a unique initiative in that it:

  • Addresses continuum of care for STEMI patients from entry into the system, through the system, and back to local community and provider for secondary prevention.
  • Preserves a role for the community STEMI Referral hospital (non-PCI capable)- one of Mission: Lifeline's guiding principles.
  • Understands the issues specific to rural communities and importance of promoting different solutions/protocols for rural vs urban/suburban areas.
  • Understands the issues of implementing national recommendations on a community level (no "one size fits all" solution) considering local geography, resources, legislation, and regulation.

A well defined set of principles guide the efforts of Mission: Lifeline. The initiative values:

  • Patient-centered care as the No. 1 priority 
  • High-quality care that is safe, effective, and timely 
  • Stakeholder consensus on systems infrastructure 
  • Increased operational efficiencies 
  • Appropriate incentives for quality, such as "pay for performance," "pay for value," or "pay for quality" 
  • Measurable patient outcomes 
  • An evaluation mechanism to ensure quality-of-care measures reflect changes in evidence-based research, including consensus-based treatment guidelines 
  • A role for local community hospitals so as to avoid a negative impact that could eliminate critical access to local health care 
  • A reduction in disparities of healthcare delivery, such as those across economic, education, racial/ethnic, or geographic lines