LVF assessment

What It Means
The percentage of patients with heart failure whose left ventricular function (LVF) was measured either before their arrival or during their hospital stay, or it is planned for on their discharge from the hospital.

Why It Is Important
Clinical evidence shows that if this measurement (LVF) is not performed on patients who have heart failure symptoms, they may not receive the appropriate treatment. Measurement is usually by a test called an echocardiogram.

Numerator Definition
Patients with HF with documentation in the hospital record that left ventricular function (LVF) was assessed before arrival, during hospitalization, or is planned for after discharge

Denominator Definition
Patients with HF

Denominator Excluded Populations

  • Patients less than 18 years of age
  • Patients transferred to another acute care hospital
  • Patients who expired
  • Patients who left against medical advice
  • Patients discharged to hospice
  • Patients with reasons documented by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant for no LVF assessment

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