The percentage of heart failure patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) who are prescribed an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) when they are discharged from the hospital. ACEIs or ARBs widen (“dilate”) blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and making it easier for the heart to pump blood. They also block the bad effects of an important hormone on the heart. These things help to prevent deterioration of the heart’s function over time.
Source: Hospital Quality Alliance
Dates of Coverage: 7/2011 - 6/2012