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The federal government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects information on how well University of Missouri Health Care and other hospitals throughout the country perform on important measures of health care quality. The information they collect includes data on how heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia are treated, along with the treatment of surgical patients.

Heart attack (acute myocardial infarction)

A heart attack, often called by its medical name of acute myocardial infarction by doctors and other health professionals, is an injury to the heart muscle caused when the heart cannot get enough blood to work properly. It is the No. 1 killer of American men and women. Heart attacks are caused when a blood vessel that supplies the heart, called the coronary artery, is blocked. To provide our patients with the best care based on medical evidence, we follow treatments that have been shown by research to save and improve lives. Please review the table below to see how we compare with our peers for each recommended treatment. Click on individual measures for more details.

Heart Attack Treatment Data
October 2011 - September 2012

Performance Measures

MU Health Care average

 Missouri average

U.S. average 

Patients given aspirin at discharge 100% 99% 99%
Patients given PCI within 90 minutes of arrival 97% 97% 95%
Patients given a prescription for a statin at discharge 98% 98% 98%

In addition to collecting data on how well hospitals follow proven best treatments for treating heart attack (which medical professional call "process measures" because they measure how well a hospital follows a proven "process," or treatment), CMS also measures the outcomes of the treatments.

To measure patients' outcomes, or the results of their treatment, CMS tracks 30-day mortality  rates and 30-day readmission rates. Please review the table below to see how we compare with our peers for each measurement of treatment outcomes. Click on individual measures for more details on our performance and what the measurement means.

Heart Attack Outcomes Data
2009 - 2012

Performance Measures

MU Health Care 

30-day mortality rate No different than U.S. national rate
30-day re-admission rate Data currently is unavailable from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Heart failure

Heart failure is a health condition in which heart muscle is too weak to pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Heart failure contributes to about 300,000 deaths each year. To provide our patients with the best care based on medical evidence, we follow treatments that have been shown by research to save and improve lives. Please review the table below to see how we compare with our peers for each recommended treatment. Click on individual measures for more details.

Heart Failure Treatment Data
October 2011 - September 2012

Peformance Measures

MU Health Care average

 Missouri average

U.S. average 

Patients given discharge instructions 93% 92% 93%
Patients given evaluation of left ventricular systolic function 100% 98% 99%
Patients given ACE inhibitors or ARB for left ventricular systolic dysfunction 97% 96% 97%

In addition to collecting data on how well hospitals follow proven best treatments for treating heart failure (which medical professional call "process measures" because they measure how well a hospital follows a proven "process," or treatment), CMS also measures the outcomes of the treatments.

To measure patients' outcomes, or the results of their treatment, CMS tracks 30-day mortality  rates and 30-day readmission rates. Please review the table below to see how we compare with our peers for each measurement of treatment outcomes. Click on individual measures for more details on our performance and what the measurement means.

Heart Failure Outcomes Data
2009 - 2012

Performance Measures

MU Health Care 

30-day mortality rate Worse than U.S. national rate
30-day re-admission rate Data currently is unavailable from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Why is the data on this website from several months ago?

The federal government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects information on how well University of Missouri Health Care and other hospitals throughout the country perform on important measures of health care quality. The information they collect includes data on how heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia are treated, along with the treatment of surgical patients.

The government releases the information on its Hospital Compare website (http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/); however, it takes some time for CMS to gather and study the information, so the information is several months old. For example, in May 2011, the most recent publicly available information was for the yearlong period between October 2009 to September 2010.

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