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Cardiac Drug Therapy

Heart Failure Program - Cardiac Drug Therapy

American Outcomes Management's (AOM's) Heart Failure program focuses specifically on the delivery of home inotropic IV cardiac drug therapy. Our main goal is to support overall improvement in quality of life while servicing these patients away from the hospital in the comfort of their homes.

Heart Failure Program Foundation

  • Implement Heart Failure specific quality improvement efforts, outcome analyses and performance monitoring
  • Medication management and reconciliation at the time of hand-off into the home
  • Incorporation of Evidence Based Best Practices in the transition and management of patients in the home

AOM has incorporated the recommendations of:

  • The American College of Cardiology (ACC) Hospital to Home (H2H) initiative
  • The STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) initiative
  • The National Quality Forum endorsed measures to reduce HF readmissions.

Heart Failure Multi-Disciplinary Team

  • Certified Heart Failure Nurses (CHFN)
  • Certified Heart Failure Pharmacists

Medical Nutrition Team includes:

  • Board Certified Physician Nutrition Specialist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Physical Therapist on Staff

Heart Failure Transitional Care Goal

  • To establish a safe and sustained discharge by conducting a 10-point heart failure transition risk assessment to assure a safe and effective transition into the home; this is our first priority

Heart Failure Safe and Sustained Discharge Interventions

  • Confirm patient has ability to obtain oral medications/prescriptions upon discharge
  • Confirm and coordinate follow-up appointments
  • Provide remote monitoring technology to include pulse oximetry and telemonitoring for daily weigh-ins
  • Provide patient/caregiver with education/reporting tools for the Cardiac Drug Therapy
  • Provide emergency supplies to include back-up pumps and back-up inotrope infusion medications for Cardiac Drug Therapy
  • Conduct a Fall Prevention Assessment (FPA) by American Outcomes Management’s home safety team to support decreased fall risk and identify the need for assistive devices

AOM's Heart Failure program is for both patients awaiting transplant and those with advanced heart failure. The purpose is to provide total care for symptoms and cardiac drug therapy to maintain comfort while the patient is at home.

Heart Failure Program

Fall Prevention Program:

AOM’s multi-disciplinary team comprehensively evaluate the patient and patient’s home (with patient’s approval) to provide the best and evidenced based fall prevention program for the patient. The nurse will visit the home and look for possible factors that could increase falls and submits a report to the team. The Physical Therapist will formulate the best approach to reduce the possibility of falls in the home. Recommendations are discussed with the patient, doctor and the team.

Palliative Program:

AOM has strengthened its palliative program with the ability to follow patients with the focus on reducing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and depression. With our program, the patient’s ability to tolerate medical treatments is improved and their activities of daily living are improved. AOM uses the Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS) and Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire (MLHF) monthly on all patients to gauge functional impairment to improve patient’s activities of daily living.

Download our most recent Heart Failure Program Results PDF. View PDF

Cardiac Drug Therapy Services by AOM:

For more information on cardiac drug therapy for heart failure, please visit our Home Infusion FAQs or contact us at 1-800-746-9089. Press zero to speak to an AOM staff member 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. We will be happy to answer all of your questions about AOM and our cardiac drug therapy.

If you are a physician and would like to refer a patient to AOM for cardiac drug therapy, please contact us at 1-800-746-9089.