Source: Joint Commission
From the news release:
American hospitals are making measurable strides in the quality of care provided for patients with heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical conditions, according to the Joint Commission’s second annual report on health care quality and patient safety in the nation’s hospitals. The detailed report portrays the aggregate performance of accredited hospitals against the Joint Commission’s standardized national performance measures and its National Patient Safety Goals.
Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2007 also shows, however, that whether or not patients receive proven treatments for these common reasons for hospitalization often depends on where they live. For example, statewide performance of hospitals on the measure of providing discharge instructions to patients with heart failure ranges from 49 percent to 91 percent.
The Joint Commission issues this annual report as part of its on-going efforts to emphasize the health importance of accountability and continuous improvement for hospitals, and to empower consumers with information that will make them more active participants in their health care. This report examines how America’s accredited hospitals performed against quality-related performance measures and safety goals during 2006 and in previous years.