Best Heart Care Initiative

"Both nationally and in Hawai‘i, treatment of patients with chronic diseases accounts for a significant portion of healthcare costs and has been a major cause of the growth in healthcare spending."
 
-Harold Miller, CEO, Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform
Photo:  University of Hawai‘i

Locally and nationally the treatment of patients with chronic diseases accounts for a significant portion of healthcare costs. Among patients with chronic diseases those with heart failure are hospitalized the most frequently.  There can be considerable variation in care path among primary care practices and in the continuity of care between the hospital and physicians.  Quality of care can be improved and costs reduced by designing and following a best practices model of “Best Heart Care” in East Hawai‘i.

 

In addition to the direct benefit to heart care patients and costs, the RHIC intends to develop a model of analysis, intervention, and evaluation which can be applied to other condition based groups such as cancer patients or COPD patients. By designing the best care within a community for a particular condition and redesigning, if necessary, payments to support that care, we believe we can systematically achieve greater quality at lower costs.