Health Care Standards Of The United States Essay

1454 Words Jun 30th, 2015 6 Pages
While the United States has been known as the land of opportunity inexpensive, quality healthcare has been an unobtainable dream for many Americans. When compared to other industrialized counties, The United States’ healthcare is more expensive, less efficient and more difficult to obtain (Mahon & Fox, 2014). Americans pay nearly twice as much for their healthcare, however the quality of care they obtain is only average. It is these troubling statistics that has lead for a push to monitor health care quality and make changes to the American healthcare system based on quality measures.
Healthcare quality is a measure of a medical establishment’s ability to provide care equal to current professional standards and expected patient outcomes (Huber, 2014). In my practice as a cardiac nurse at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), quality care is care that meets the benchmarks set by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation. For heart failure patients this involves an emphasis of the Joint Commission’s Core Measures including proper medications, education and follow up appointments with an outpatient physician. In my experience, high quality care of cardiac patients has been a reduction in the number of “frequent fliers” and heart failure exacerbations I have encountered. My opinion of the high quality of cardiac care is supported by the Joint Commission (2013), which listed AGH as a top performer in heart failure and heart attack core…

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