On August 10 the ACC will conclude the Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI dashboard as part of the successful completion of the formal Patient Navigator Program Quality Campaign. More than 70 hospitals participated in Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI over the last 3.5 years and contributed to critical discussions on how best to reduce AMI admissions and built a true community united around a shared commitment to optimizing patient care and outcomes. The Patient Navigator Program tools will continue to be available and hospitals are encouraged to use them and share best practices and lessons learned. The ACC is accepting abstracts for the virtual Quality Summit in October and the ACC's annual Cardiovascular Summit in early 2021. Find out more at CVQuality.ACC.org/PatientNavigator
About the Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI
With one out of every five patients diagnosed with an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) readmitted to the hospital within 30-days of discharge, preventing avoidable readmissions is a national priority.
Over the last several years, the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Patient Navigator Program has successfully worked with select hospitals around the country to implement interventions aimed at bridging gaps between inpatient and outpatient AMI care through 30-days post hospitalization. Hospitals participating in the Patient Navigator Program have reported increases in the number of AMI patients assessed for risk of readmissions and greater understanding among MI and heart failure patients about their medications. In addition, they have successfully reached patients with education and community resources aimed at ensuring smoother patient transitions from the hospital to home.
The Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI builds on this success. Open to all Chest Pain - MI Registry™ participating hospitals, the goal of the program is to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions for patients discharged with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) by supporting a culture of patient-centered care during the hospital stay and, in the weeks following discharge.
By joining the program, hospitals have access to:
- Evidence-based clinician and patient resources
- An easy-to-use Self-Assessment Tool
- A community of national experts and leading hospitals and institutions