The percentage of heart failure patients who were discharged to home with written instructions or educational material addressing all of the following: activity level, diet, discharge medications, follow-up appointment, weight monitoring, and what to do if symptoms worsen. These instructions were given to the patient or caregiver either during the hospital stay or when the patient was discharged. Patients who do not follow or understand are often re-hospitalized.
Source: Hospital Quality Alliance
Dates of Coverage: 7/2011 - 6/2012