Fort Lauderdale, FL (July 13, 2015) — Physicians at Holy Cross Hospital will have access to a unique set of tools to help them communicate and collaborate with their patients with heart disease through an innovative pilot program at selected health facilities in Florida and Wisconsin.
Holy Cross Hospital is among the first sites selected to participate in the American College of Cardiology SMARTCare Program, which stands for Smarter Management And Resource use for Today’s complex cardiac Care Program. The program is designed to support physicians and stable ischemic heart disease patients in making decisions together about care based on the patient’s unique history and the latest treatment criteria.
“This is yet another exciting first for cardiovascular services at Holy Cross Hospital,” said Joshua Purow, MD, of Cardiology Associates of Fort Lauderdale, the Holy Cross Medical Group practice piloting the program. “Any time we can personalize care and fully engage healthcare consumers, we all benefit.”
More often than not, there is no “one-size-fits-all” answer for patient care. Using SMARTCare, which brings together five decision-making tools, physicians will access appropriate use criteria and other resources based on the patient’s history and symptoms. These tools include individualized patient cardiac risk profiles and electronic databases that allow the physician to readily access related treatment information at the right time. The SMARTCare tools are designed to further empower patients to become actively involved in the management of their care.
The Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Research Institute is participating in this innovative project, which will allow patients in Holy Cross Medical Group cardiology practices to learn more about their health choices and to become involved in decision making that may affect their health and quality of life. Participation is voluntary and patient care will not change in any way if patients decide not to participate. There is no additional cost to the patient, nor is there a payment for participation.
The ACC’s Florida and Wisconsin chapters designed the SMARTCare program to reduce health care costs by providing tools for doctors and patients to communicate about options for their care. These tools help physicians apply the latest guidelines to the decision-making process and find a treatment that works for the patient. The program was made possible by a $15.8 million grant from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. The SMARTCare model is expected to save participating sites $42.2 million over the three-year pilot program, while also improving the decision-making process to benefit patients.
“A physician’s best ally is a well-informed patient. The ACC SMARTCare Program offers physicians an opportunity to align their real-world experiences with the best evidence-based recommendations,” said ACC President Kim Allan Williams , MD, FACC. “This will reduce unnecessary procedures and provide a mechanism for physicians and patients to partner in decisions on care.”
“SMARTCare sites represent a variety of practices across Florida and Wisconsin and were selected based on their commitment to providing quality care. Holy Cross Hospital’s dedication to supporting the doctor-patient relationship and commitment to quality improvement through participation in registry programs will help make this program successful.”
Holy Cross Hospital, a part of Trinity Health, is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Holy Cross Hospital has a proud tradition of providing clinical excellence and research leadership in Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgery as well as Cancer Treatments, Orthopedic Surgery and Pain Management. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 557-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of individuals and families we serve. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.
The American College of Cardiology is a 49,000-member medical society that serves as the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, promotes cardiovascular research and bestows credentials on cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit acc.org.
The project described was supported by Grant Number 1C1CMS331322 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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