December 20, 2014
The quality of care for patients with MI, HF, stroke and venous thromboembolism has improved across hospitals in the United States in recent years, according to an annual report by The Joint Commission.
“America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety – The Joint Commission’s Annual Report 2014” evaluated the quality of care at hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission. The report includes accountability measures for MI care, HF care, VTE care, stroke care, pneumonia care, surgical care, pediatric asthma care, perinatal care, inpatient psychiatric services and immunization. For each category, The Joint Commission assessed both individual performance measures and an overall composite of all relevant measures. The results for each performance measure were determined by dividing the number of times a hospital met a given performance measure by the number of opportunities to do so during the course of the year, according to the report.