Defining Value in Cardiogenic Shock Networks

By Carrie Wolf and Dhananjai Seth

As the volume of patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) complicated by cardiogenic shock rises and their mortality rates stagnate, health care providers and administrators are thinking about ways to improve treatment.

Cardiogenic shock networks, which streamline patient transfers and standardize treatment algorithms, offer one avenue to improve patient outcomes. This research report explains the three major benefits of participating in a cardiogenic shock network—clinical effectiveness, financial incentives, and research opportunities. In addition, it offers tactical guidance for program leaders from both referring and receiving hospitals on how to build relationships with one another to form a successful cardiogenic shock program. 

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