How Can Your Hospital Become a Top Performer

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The number of top performers in the healthcare industry has increased compared to past years. Hospitals must achieve distinctions in three criteria, that are detailed in this article, to be considered top performers.

Healthcare Industry Improves!

The Joint Commission is a body devoted to accrediting more than 20,000 healthcare organizations in the United States. They recently released a report on improved performance among more than 3,300 hospitals accredited by the organization on 46 accountability measures. 36.9% (1,224) of these hospitals were recognized as “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures” for 2014, which is a significant increase from only 406 hospitals in 2010. In four years, the number of top performing hospitals has almost tripled.

To achieve this distinction, there are three criteria a hospital must meet:

  • A cumulative performance of 95% or higher across all reported accountability measures.
  • A 95% or better on accountability measures with at least 30 denominated cases.
  • At least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95% or above with individual accountability measures with a 95% or higher performance rate.

712 hospitals received this achievement for the second consecutive year, 314 for the third consecutive year, and 147 for the fourth consecutive year. This improved performance demonstrates great progress in the quality of care provided by hospitals across the country. Hospitals have been able to improve care considerably for several conditions, including heart attack, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, VTE, strokes, perinatal care, and immunization.

Despite the improved results, the report suggests that further steps can be taken to advance performance on the following measures with performance rates under 90%:

  • Home management care plans for pediatric patients with asthma.
  • Continuing care plans for psychiatric patients.
  • Warfarin discharge instructions for patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Author: Apoorva Anupindi