Published Online: August 18, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.3441.
Study concept and design: Schopfer, Takemoto, Allsup, Helfrich, Forman, Whooley.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Schopfer, Takemoto, Ho, Whooley.
Drafting of the manuscript: Schopfer, Takemoto.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.
Statistical analysis: Schopfer, Takemoto, Whooley.
Obtained funding: Schopfer, Forman, Whooley.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Allsup, Helfrich.
Study supervision: Forman, Whooley.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Whooley has received research funding from Janssen Healthcare Innovations.
Funding/Support: This study was supported by grant QUERI RRP 12-232 from the Veterans Health Administration (VA) Office of Health Services Research and Development. Dr Schopfer was supported by the VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program.
Role of the Sponsor: The VA had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
Additional Contributions: John Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, administered the VA Survey of Cardiovascular Specialty Care Services and provided critical comments on the manuscript. No financial reimbursement was provided.