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CMS retires acute myocardial infarction quality measure set

Accreditation Connection, January 9, 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced that it will retire a quality measure the organization collects as part of the organization’s hospital pay for reporting program.

As of April 1, 2009, CMS will retire “acute myocardial infarction patients without beta-blocker contraindications who received a beta-blocker within 24 hours after hospital arrival” (measure AMI-6). AMI-6 is one of 30 measures CMS collects as part of the Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payment Update program.

The retirement of AMI-6 follows changes for practice guidelines for myocardial infarction by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association, as well as advances in AMI patient care.

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