Report: Joint Commission-Accredited Hospitals See Safety, Quality Measures Improvements

American hospitals have continually been improving their performance on key quality measures, according to a new report from the Joint Commission.

The commission’s 2016 Annual Report: America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” includes quality and safety data from 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, and covers the most common conditions  for which people enter the hospital for the calendar year 2015.

Measures covered in the report relate to children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, venous thromboembolism (VTE) care, stroke care, perinatal care, immunization, tobacco use treatment, and substance use care.

This year the Joint Commission retired 20 measures and introduced flexible reporting options to allow organizations choice in which measures to report, and accepted electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for the first time. The measures were aligned as closely as possible with reporting requirements requested by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Results for six of the key conditions measured by the Joint Commission are:

  • The 2015 inpatient psychiatric servicesresult is 90.3 percent, up from 87.3 percent in 2011
  • The 2015  VTE careresult is 95.2 percent, up from 89.9 percent in 2011
  • The 2015 stroke careresult is 97.7 percent, up from 94.9 percent in 2011
  • The perinatal careresult is 97.6 percent, up from 53.2 percent in 2011
  • The tobacco usetreatment result is 84.2 percent, up from 75.8 percent in 2014
  • The substance usecare result is 77.5 percent, up from 58.2 percent in 2014


“The results featured in the Joint Commission’s 2016 Annual Report are important because they show that accredited hospitals have continued to improve the quality of the care they provide, and the data that hospitals collect help them identify opportunities for further improvement,” said Joint Commission CEO Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, in a statement. “The results also show it’s important to note that where a patient receives care makes a difference. Some hospitals perform better than others in treating particular conditions.”

Click here for a more comprehensive explanation of each of the quality measures.

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