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.

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