Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Recognition Criteria

Updated:Mar 18,2016

Effective January 1, 2016, the American Heart Association will implement an automated award process for Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure program

What does that mean for the hospitals?

  • Hospital no longer will have submit an on-line paper version of their award application
  • Data will be transferred quarterly via Quintiles to AHA, the data will be aggregated by hospital, and award eligibility will be determined
  • Time of compliance will be on the calendar year (January to December) for all award levels
  • Hospitals will be notified in May if they qualify for award

What is the hospital responsibility under the new automated award process?

  • Hospitals must have all prior year (calendar year) data entered into the PMT by March 31.
  • Complete Quality Improvement Programs Permission Form (document) and return to your local QSI director (Only necessary to complete if not done so in past or you have name change request) 
  • Hospital will be notified by local QSI staff in May if they qualify for award

Don’t miss out on these recognition opportunities.  We thank you for your continued dedication to improving patient care, if you have any questions please contact your local representative or email

Award Level

Hospitals that participate actively and consistently in Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure are eligible for public recognition.  Participating in GWTG-S is the first level of recognition.  It acknowledges program participation and entry of baseline data into the Patient Management ToolTM.

View the Get With The guidelines Participating Hospital award permission for (document).

With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Achievement Measures. The different levels reflect the amount of time for which the hospital demonstrates performance.

  • Bronze: recognizes performance of 90 consecutive days.
  • Silver recognizes performance of 12 consecutive months.
  • Gold recognizes performance of 24 consecutive months or more.

The Achievement Measures are embedded in the Patient Management Tool. They are:

  • Percent of heart failure patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) and without both angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) and angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) contraindications who are prescribed an ACEI or ARB at hospital discharge. For purposes of this measure, LVSD is defined as chart documentation of a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) less than 40% or a narrative description of left ventricular function (LVF) consistent with moderate or severe systolic dysfunction.
  • Percent of heart failure patients who were prescribed with evidence-based specific beta blockers (Bisoprolol, Carvedilol, Metoprolol Succinate CR/XL) at discharge.
  • Percent of heart failure patients with documentation in the hospital record that left ventricular function (LVF) was assessed before arrival, during hospitalization, or is planned for after discharge.
  • Percent of eligible heart failure patients for whom a follow- up appointment was scheduled and documented including location, date, and time for follow up visits or location and date for home health visit.

Quality Awards

Silver Plus and Gold Plus Quality Awards are advanced levels of recognition acknowledging hospitals for consistent compliance with Quality Measures embedded within the Patient Management Tool. For eligibility information, please download the Silver Plus and Gold Plus Quality Award FAQ (PDF).


Please note: Recognition criteria are subject to change based on program enhancements

* The Patient Management ToolTM is powered by Outcome, A Quintiles Company, Cambridge, Mass

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