- April 4th 2013
Working together to share best practices, analyze data and implement care improvements, 333 hospitals participating in a quality collaborative have cut their risk-adjusted mortality rate by 36% since 2007, said a report issued in March by the project's organizers.
The Quality, Efficiency, Safety, Transparency initiative — dubbed QUEST for short — was launched in 2007 with 157 hospitals by Premier Inc., a Charlotte, N.C.-based purchasing and quality improvement alliance of more than 2,800 U.S. hospitals.
Premier officials said the hospitals have averted nearly 92,000 deaths since 2007 by dramatically cutting mortality related to sepsis, respiratory conditions, cardiac conditions and shock. The estimates were made by comparing expected mortality rates based on prior-year results with actual deaths adjusted for patients' illness severity.
Many other hospitals have lowered their death rates in recent years, but a comparison found that QUEST hospitals outperformed other facilit [Read more]