Counseling to stop smoking for heart failure patients

Smoking cessation advice/counseling refers to a healthcare provider telling smokers that they should quit smoking because of the health dangers and giving them information about how to quit. Smoking directly increases the risk of heart disease, including heart failure, and stroke, emphysema, and many cancers.

Smoking causes premature death. It is important that smokers who have heart failure quit smoking to increase their chances of survival, reduce the risk of developing other illnesses associated with smoking, and improve their quality of life. When healthcare providers provide smoking cessation advice to patients, it may represent a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure shows the percent of adult heart failure patients with a history of smoking who were given smoking cessation advice and/or counseling prior to being discharged from the hospital. The second graph shows a trend over time for this measure.  For purposes of this measure, a smoker is defined as someone who has smoked anytime during the year prior to hospital arrival.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital wants to provide the most up to date data. For this measure, our data is from a more recent time period than the benchmark time period.  Effective January 1, 2012, this measure was retired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Consequently, the data point 2012 Q2 includes one month of data. Note: In this case, a higher number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2012 Q2
Northwestern Memorial 100
National Average 99
State Average 99
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2010 Q4 2011 Q1 2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2
Northwestern Memorial 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
National Average 93 98 98 99 99 99 99
State Average 96 99 99 99 99 99 99
Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
HF-4 Adult Smoking Cessation Advice Counseling for Heart Failure