Published Online: June 24, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.7717.
Study concept and design: Dharmarajan, Krumholz.
Acquisition of data: Li, Krumholz.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Dharmarajan, Masoudi, Spertus, Li,
Drafting of the manuscript: Dharmarajan, Li, Krumholz.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content:
Dharmarajan, Masoudi, Spertus, Krumholz.
Statistical analysis: Dharmarajan, Li.
Obtained funding: Krumholz.
Administrative, technical, and material support: Krumholz.
Study supervision: Krumholz.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Drs Masoudi
and Spertus report serving on the writing committee for the development of the American College of
Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association/American Medical Association–Physician
Consortium for Performance Improvement 2011 Performance Measures for Adults With Heart Failure. Dr
Masoudi also reports having contracts with the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality and the
American College of Cardiology Foundation. Dr Spertus reports that he serves on a cardiac scientific
advisory board for UnitedHealth. Dr Krumholz reports that he is the recipient of a research grant
from Medtronic Inc through Yale University and is chair of a cardiac scientific advisory board for
Funding/Support: This project was supported by
grant DF10-301 from the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical
Research Foundation in West Hartford, Connecticut; grant UL1 RR024139-06S1 from the
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences in
Bethesda, Maryland; and grant U01 HL105270-02 (Center for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research at Yale
University) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood
Institute in Bethesda. Dr Dharmarajan is supported by grant HL007854 from the
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and is also
supported as a Centers of Excellence Scholar in Geriatric Medicine at Yale by The John A. Hartford Foundation and the American Federation for Aging Research.
Role of the Sponsors: The funding sponsors had no role in the design and conduct of
the study; in the collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; or in the
preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.