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Hospitalists Can Earn CME Credits for Acute Coronary Syndrome Performance Improvement


Approximately 1.7 million patients are hospitalized for acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and 600,000 die of an acute myocardial infarction. Although ACS is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, a broad range of clinical strategies can affect outcomes if implemented effectively. In addition, quality improvement (QI) strategies implemented around ACS can improve performance on quality measures.

The ACS PI-CME is a self-directed, web-based activity designed to help you evaluate your practice. Participation is free. Upon completion of the activity, participants will receive 20 CME credits.

The educational interventions will be pragmatic and address the challenges faced by clinicians responsible for managing patient care. They include:

  • Etiology and diagnosis of ACS: educating the team on the pathophysiology of atherosclerotic plaque;
  • Inpatient treatment of ACS; and
  • Transitions of care for ACS patients.

Act today, because spaces are limited for this program. For more information, visit the QI section of SHM’s website.

Brendon Shank is SHM’s associate vice president of communications.ences (CHS) 13-105 10833 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles, Calif.

The activity includes three stages:

  1. The user completes performance assessment and measurement through a self-evaluation and analysis of personal performance against patient data using five to 10 patient chart reviews.
  2. The user accesses a performance improvement pathway (PIP), builds an action plan for personal improvement, and completes interventions.
  3. The user completes both the self-assessment and the chart abstraction a second time, and the performance analysis tool provides healthcare professionals with a breakdown of their performance in Stage A as compared to Stage C.

Process measures include:

  • Percentage of patients receiving dual antiplatelet (aspirin<100 mg and a P2Y12);
  • Percentage of smokers receiving smoking cessation instructions;
  • Percentage of patients receiving cardiac risk assessment;
  • Compliance with documentation of communication with provider; and
  • Percentage of appointments with primary care physician within one week.

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