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Heart Transplant Program

In 2015, the Barnes-Jewish Hospital heart transplant program achieved the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS developed this requirement for Solid Organ Transplant Programs. Beginning in 2014, this focused QAPI became an enforceable survey.

Heart transplant surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

The benefits are invaluable, according to CMS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “Increasingly effective QAPI programs in hospitals and transplant centers will improve quality of care, increase safety of care and reduce costs associated with each local organization’s high risk, problem-prone areas of concern.”

The CMS requirement addresses:

  • Design and scope
  • Governance and leadership
  • Feedback, data systems and monitoring
  • Systematic analysis and systematic action
  • Performance and improvements

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is considered a leading institution in heart transplantation. Surgeons here have performed more than 790 heart transplants since the program’s inception in 1985. Together with a comprehensive heart failure program, our board-certified transplant cardiologists care for 6,000 patients in need of a transplant or advanced heart failure treatment.

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