The American Heart Association is working across the country to support policies that promote health care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely and equitable. The Institute of Medicare has reported that it takes an average of 17 years to translate new medical knowledge into actual practice and even then, patient access to the most effective care is highly uneven. Improvements to the healthcare delivery system that speed new knowledge and better care coordination to medical professionals are essential to reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and to providing quality care.
Our federal advocacy priorities for quality care are:
- Promote evidence-based, high-quality cardiovascular care.
- Advance health equity for minorities and women with cardiovascular disease.
- Encourage the use of health information technology such as electronic health records to improve care coordination.
- Report health care quality measures by gender, race, ethnicity, primary language and disability status.