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Joint Commission Report Shows Gains in Safety, Quality
Date:11/24/2008

ge points on 12 of the 24 quality measures tracked by The Joint Commission in 2007. There are exceptions to this variability. For example, virtually all -- 99.1 percent to 100 percent -- accredited hospitals in the United States report that they measure oxygen in the bloodstream of patients with pneumonia.

"Joint Commission-accredited hospitals deserve congratulations for making major improvements in the quality of care. On some of the measures reported here more than 90 percent of these hospitals perform at rates of 90 percent or more. However, there is more work to be done," says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. "Improvement is a continuous process and in health care especially, it's one where the target is constantly moving. The wide range of performance on some measures serves as a reminder that we must continue to work to improve patient care."

The performance results released in the 2008 report reflect The Joint Commission's tracking of hospital performance on 25 individual quality measures reflecting the best evidence-based treatments. There are eight measures of care relating to heart attack, four to heart failure, eight to pneumonia, and five to surgical care. Data from more than 3,000 hospitals show:

  • The heart attack care result improved from 86.9 percent in 2002 and from 94.4 percent in 2006 to 96 percent in 2007. (A 96 percent score means that hospitals provided an evidence-based treatment 96 times for every 100 opportunities to do so.)
  • The heart failure care result improved from 59.7 percent in 2002 and from 84.1 percent in 2006 to 88 percent in 2007.
  • The pneumonia care result improved from 72.3 percent in 2002 and from 87.3 percent in 2006 to 89 percent in 2007.
  • On 11 of the 18 requirements of the 2007 National Patient Safety Goals, 90 percent or more of the 1,466 hospitals that
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