- November 25th 2011
American hospitals improved their performance on 25 evidence-based quality metrics in 2008, according to a report released in January by the Joint Commission.
In fact, hospitals exceeded 90% compliance on 23 of the commission's 31 measures of heart attack, pneumonia, heart failure, asthma and surgical care.
The commission, which accredits more than 3,000 hospitals and other health care organizations, has collected quality data since 2002. This is the fourth annual public report of results (www.jointcommission.org/library/annual_report).
"It's not just the average that's getting better," said Joint Commission President Mark R. Chassin, MD, MPH. "It's important to note how many hospitals are achieving really high levels of performance. ... Hospitals have figured out, even with the increasing number of measures they have to work on, how to get close to consistent excellence on these measures of quality."
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