Heart Failure Excess Days in Acute Care (EDAC)

The heart failure excess days in acute care (EDAC) measure includes Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries aged 65 or older and assesses the number of days a patient spends in an emergency department, hospital observation unit, or hospital inpatient unit within 30 days after the date of discharge from hospitalization for heart failure. CMS began publicly reporting the heart failure EDAC measure in 2017.

Heart failure EDAC measure results will be updated annually. As part of ongoing measure surveillance, analyses that provide a comprehensive overview of national performance on the measure or investigate select hospital practices that may impact hospital performance will be conducted.

2017 Measure Reporting Period Results