Establishing a Heart Failure Center: The Essential Guide, 3rd Edition
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
-- from the Introduction
If you are interested in a better way to treat heart
failure, this book is for you. Dr. Michael McIvor – who has
taught thousands of healthcare professionals how to effectively
care for patients with chronic HF through CME symposia –
takes a logical, step-by-step approach to setting up and operating
the kind of program that reduces hospital admissions and improves
Establishing a Heart Failure Program: The Essential Guide
answers the different questions posed by physicians, nurse
practitioners, nurses, and hospital administrators, all of whom
need to work as a team to achieve success. The three major sections
of the book address:
- Taking the first steps toward building your heart failure
program - developing a business plan, choosing your model of care,
and making accurate financial projections
- Assembling the pieces of your program – managers, front
line staff, and the physical facility
- Day-to-day operations
A companion website presents forms you can download and use in your own heart failure center. Drawing from experience, Dr. McIvor helps you avoid common problems by identifying potential problems and sharing advice that has proven effective to your colleagues. He gives you the essential tools – unavailable elsewhere – to set up and maintain a heart failure program that achieves superior clinical outcomes.
1 Is a Heart Failure Program the Right Choice?.
2 A Formula for the Success of Your Heart Failure Program.
Section I Taking the First Steps Toward Building Your Heart Failure Program.
3 First Steps: A Business Plan for Your Heart Failure Program.
4 First Steps: Choosing Your Model of Care.
5 First Steps: A Global View of the Financial Projections for Your Heart Failure Program.
6 First Steps: A Heart Failure Program Pro Forma.
Section II Assembling the Pieces of Your Program.
7 Assembling the Pieces: The Managers of Your Program.
8 Assembling the Pieces: The Front Line Staff.
9 Assembling the Pieces: The Physical Facility.
Section III Day-to-Day Operations.
10 Baseline Assessments.
11 Heart Failure Clinic Follow Up Visits.
12 Medical Treatment Protocols.
13 Telemanagement Algorithms.
14 Advanced Therapies.
15 Positioning Your Heart Failure Program as a Center of Expertise.
About the Author.
Medical Director, St. Petersburg Heart Center
Medical Director, Foundation Research
Director, Heart Failure Program, Bay Pines VA Medical Center
● Answers practitioners and administrators questions
● Includes: determining the staffing and physical facilities programs will need; delineate management and day-to-day staff responsibilities; identifying clinical and financial benchmarks for measuring success and positioning programs for success in the community