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Hospitals improve on Joint Commission metrics

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 26, 2011

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American hospitals have substantially improved their performance on 22 measures of care quality since 2002, said a Joint Commission report released in September. In 2002, hospitals adhered to evidence-based guidelines 82% of the time. By 2010, the performance rate increased to nearly 97% among the more than 3,000 hospitals accredited by the commission.

On measures of heart attack care, hospitals improved from 87% to 98%, said the commission's 2011 annual report. Progress on measures of pneumonia was even greater, rising from 72% to 95% between 2002 and 2010. Performance on surgical care and pediatric asthma quality metrics improved, the report said. The commission also highlighted hospitals that scored among the top 14% for their performance on the quality metrics. The report is available online (link).

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/09/26/prbf0926.htm.

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