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Heart docs say better care is slowed by bad metrics
Modern Healthcare

New penalties for hospital readmissions and other poor outcomes are drawing the attention of leading cardiac physicians and researchers to a need for better ways to measure the quality of heart care delivered in the U.S.

“We have a system that has gone out of its way to fail to produce the information needed to make the best choices,” said Dr. Robert Califf of Duke University School of Medicine during a presentation Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s 2014 Scientific Sessions in Chicago. In terms of using data in the service of public health, “The U.S. is in trouble,” Califf said, noting astronomical costs of care, decreasing life expectancy and increasing numbers of patients suffering from preventable chronic diseases like heart disease.