Heart disease remains the #1 cause of death in the United States and creates an enormous burden for people, communities, and healthcare providers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, which is 1 in every 4 deaths (Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, 2020).
The rate of people with chronic health conditions is growing and, unfortunately, people often have more than one condition. Half of adult Americans have at least one chronic condition, and more than two thirds of Medicare patients have two or more, according to a 2019 Premier analysis of emergency rooms across the country.
Healthcare providers are facing perennial challenges from providing patients the best care and working with insurance providers, to ensuring that they are getting compensated fairly for that care. However, the care that doctors and hospitals provide is measured, in some part, by their ability to help patients stay healthy.
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