The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association will begin to include value assessments when developing treatment guidelines and performance measures, in recognition of accelerating healthcare costs and the need for care to be of value to patients.

The ACC/AHA Statement on Cost/Value Methodology in Guidelines and Performance Measures states a key goal of achieving the best possible health outcomes with finite health care resources. Historically, value consideration and resource utilization were explicitly excluded from practice guidelines and performance measures formulations, though they were often implicitly considered.

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