I'm wondering why are congestive heart failure (chf) and acute myocardial infarction (ami) core measures?

Medicare. Set up some standards- guidelines for treatments and recommendations. Chf : aspirin statin beta blocker ace inhibitor weight monitoring followup decrease readmission etc acute mi: door to cath and rx and more.
Useful to measure. They're very common entities involving millions of people with discernible end points that are easy to measure and use for judging quality of care.

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Can you tell me the difference between heart failure from myocardial infarction?

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Can you have heart failure without a myocardial infarction?

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