Future challenges in quality improvement in heart failure

Congest Heart Fail. 2002 Nov-Dec;8(6):342-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-5299.2002.01454.x.


This is the final installment in a series reporting on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiatives to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure through its Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) contractors during the 1999-2002 contract cycle. Previous columns have reported on a nation-wide hospital-based effort, the National Heart Failure project, and a more limited outpatient-based effort, the Heart Failure Practice Improvement Effort. After 3 years of experience with the National Heart Failure project, it is appropriate to highlight the issues pertinent to future quality improvement initiatives in heart failure care.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors / standards
  • Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • Forecasting
  • Heart Failure / complications
  • Heart Failure / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Quality of Health Care / standards
  • Quality of Health Care / trends*
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / complications
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / therapy


  • Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors