Saturday, August 13, 2016

Quality measures in Atrial Fibrillation therapy – AF ablation and Get with the Guidelines AFIB registries

Dhanunjaya (DJ) Lakkireddy, Andrea Natale

Dear Colleagues Welcome to the summer issue of JAFIB. Hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the season and related travels. As MACRA and Pay for Performance continue to evolve to be the guiding force on physician reimbursement, quality becomes an important piece we need to focus on. It doesn't mean that we are not providing quality care to our patients now, but we need a special effort to document our quality work through various registries and quality bench marks. AF ablation has become an important area of focus for all the professional societies including HRS, ACC and AHA. One such effort is the recently released NCDR�s AFib registry. It's relatively comprehensive dataset that attempts to track outcomes and quality in a systematic way. Eventhough, it may not be very extensive and lead to long term follow up, it is a good start.

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