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SMARTCare Grant Proposal Wins CMS Approval

The Society is pleased to share that this morning the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center announced that they awarded the SMARTCare (Smarter Management and Resource Use for Today’s Complex Cardiac Care Delivery) project a $15.8 million grant. The SMARTCare project has received broad support from the health care community, the business community, CMS and from a bipartisan group of members of Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation.

The SMARTCare project in concert with cardiologists from Wisconsin and Florida will utilize the robust tools and registries of the American College of Cardiology to provide clinical decision support, shared decision-making, patient engagement and provider feedback tools to improve care for patients with stable ischemic heart disease. The Society, the American College of Cardiology-Wisconsin Chapter, the American College of Cardiology, Aurora Health Care and partners in Florida spent a significant amount of time working to gain approval of the project. The model will be tested at five sites in Wisconsin and five sites in Florida.

“The Society believes SMARTCare’s potential to achieve impressive results is further strengthened by a unique combination of local health care leaders and other important stakeholders in both Florida and Wisconsin, who will be given tools, measures and registries to aid in their quality improvement goals. The use of SMARTCare has the potential for higher quality care to be delivered while at the same time resulting in savings across the Medicare program in the area of cardiovascular disease management,” said Rick Abrams, Society CEO. Further he added, “The design of a project like the SMARTCare proposal may be replicated and adapted for use in other diseases, not only within cardiology, but to nearly all specialties of medicine.”

Specifically, SMARTCare will reduce complications, reduce the number of procedures not meeting current appropriate use criteria, reduce the cardiology resources used that do not add value, achieve high levels of patient engagement, improve quality of life and increase the number of patients who achieve risk-reduction goals. The project will accomplish these changes by improving decision making in three key areas:

  • A reduction of imaging procedures not meeting appropriate use criteria.
  • A reduction in the percentage of percutaneous coronary interventions not meeting appropriate use criteria, while achieving high levels of patient engagement and lower rates of complications.
  • An increase in the percentage of stable ischemic heart disease patients with optimal risk factor modification.

For more information e-mail Society’s Director of State and Federal Relations Chris Mambu Rasch.

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