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How to tell if the best heart care is in your network

We all know heart disease is a serious health issue for Americans — including working-age adults. But do you know how much it could cost your company?

Cardiovascular disease cost our nation $237 billion in lost productivity in 2015. By 2035, that total could reach $368 billion.

Make sure top-notch heart care is in your health plan network — both for your employees’ well-being and your bottom line.

How can you know? Here’s how you can use ratings as a fast way to find out:

4 keys to finding the Best Heart Care

Look for doctors and hospitals that get the best results, are certified, have happy patients, and offer a wide range of heart care services:

  • The Best Outcomes
    They earn high ratings for the best results — such as successful surgeries and low complication rates.
  • National Approval
    They are certified and accredited by respected national organizations for their heart care expertise.
  • Happy Patients
    They earn the highest quality patient satisfaction ratings.
  • Expert Talent
    They perform both general and highly advanced heart procedures. Those include routine heart care along with robot-assisted surgery, heart transplants, and other cutting-edge treatments. Check your network hospitals’ websites for a full list of the heart care services they offer.

Use Ratings You Can Trust

There are many health care ratings systems. But they aren’t created equally. Make sure you’re using the right ones.

Tools like Quantros Inc.’s CareChex Quality Rating System offer ratings on care quality, outcomes, and patient satisfaction at hospitals nationwide.

CareChex compares all hospitals together — from the smallest community hospitals to the largest academic medical centers. Ratings are then adjusted for patient complexity and complications. That levels the playing field. And it’s something many other care quality ratings don’t do.

CareChex rates hospitals for cardiac medical excellence in:

  • Heart Failure Treatment
  • Cardiac Care
  • Heart Attack Treatment

 

Ratings also are given for:

  • Major Cardiac Surgery
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Interventional Coronary Care
  • Interventional Carotid Care
  • Heart Transplants

 

CareChex gets its data from the most trusted U.S. government sources, including:

 

The firm analyzes that data and then uses its own formula to rate doctors and hospitals.

With reliable quality ratings, you’ll know which hospitals in your area are best for heart care. And how the hospitals in your plan’s network measure up.

 

Gold Seals of Approval

You can also check if the hospitals in your network are certified or accredited in certain heart care services. Respected national organizations like the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) recognize hospitals for their heart care expertise.

Hospitals can earn national certifications and accreditations for:

  • Advanced Certification in Heart Failure
    This certification is awarded through a partnership of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the AHA. It recognizes hospitals that strive for better outcomes for heart failure patients during hospital stays.
    JCAHO offers a Quality Check website that lets you look for hospitals in your area that have earned Advanced Certification in Heart Failure.
  • Accreditation as Heart Attack Receiving Centers
    ACC Accreditation Services issues this accreditation. It means that a hospital meets high standards for speed and quality in heart attack treatment. These hospitals have a culture of collaboration. That means doctors, nurses, emergency first responders, and other caregivers are all working closely together when seconds count. A nationwide locator map lets you find accredited Heart Attack Receiving Centers near you, along with hospitals that have earned other key heart care accreditations.

 

Success in finding the best heart care means knowing what to look for and where to find it. Making sure that your health plan offers quality heart care is just one more way to protect your employees’ health — and your bottom line.