Core Measures in Hospitals
Core Measures in Hospitals Wednesday, April 13, 2011
On average, public hospitals have performed more poorly than private hospitals on four core measures involving clinical care for a heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care that are reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The gap in performance measures may be due to public hospitals having more patients with complex physical and social needs, smaller budgets, or older infrastructure, according to The Commonwealth Fund.
The recommended clinical care processes are evidence-based and have been proven to be effective in improving patient outcomes, making it imperative that all patients receive the recommended treatment.
The featured Innovations describe three programs implemented by health systems to improve their hospitals’ performance on the four clinical care core measures.
The featured QualityTools describe three practical tools that hospitals can use to track their progress on core measures.
- Health System Expands Pharmacy and Nursing Staff Roles and Institutes Focus on Accountability, Improving Performance on Core Measures
- Multidisciplinary Team Redesigns Care Processes and Systems, Leading to Significantly Improved Performance on Core Measures in Four Clinical Areas
- Formal Processes Ensure System-Wide Focus on Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care, Improving Performance on Core Measures
Also in This Issue:
- AIDS Care Project Makes Acupuncture Treatment Accessible to People Living With HIV/AIDS
- Emergency Department Tracks and Streamlines Patient and Staff Flow, Leading to Shorter Treatment Time, Fewer Walkouts, and Higher Patient Satisfaction
- Community Health Centers Integrate Rapid HIV Screening Into Routine Primary Care, Leading to Significant Increases in Testing Rates
- Revamped Processes and Systems Enhance Access to High-Quality Interpretation Services for Patients With Limited English Proficiency
- Regular Meetings of Patients and Staff Reduce Violent Episodes by 85 Percent on Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
- Joint Nurse Practitioner–Geriatrician Management of Frail Elderly Increases Adherence to Recommended Care Processes for Common Conditions