The Joint Commission names top performers, notes 'dramatic' quality improvements

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

November 24, 2015

Despite some difference based on size, academic medical centers, community hospitals, and for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals have all seen quality improvements since 2002, says the head of The Joint Commission.

Nearly one-in-three hospitals that submitted quality and performance data to The Joint Commission earned a coveted spot on the accreditor’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures list.

“Achieving top performer status is not easy and for many hospitals it took years of head work,” Joint Commission President Mark R. Chassin, MD, said on a Tuesday conference call. “More than ever, hospitals are focusing on what counts. This represents real progress. We clearly have a long way to go on these and other measures of healthcare quality.”

The Joint Commission’s 2015 report used 49 accountability measures to determine how hospitals perform on evidence-based care processes for conditions such as heart attack, surgical care, inpatient psychiatric services, perinatal care, pneumonia and stroke.

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