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Spotlight on health care quality, measures

The April issue of Health Affairs focuses on the quality of health care in the United States. Some highlights of the issue, which was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

  • analysis and commentary on improving performance measures
  • research that found the methods currently used to gauge patient safety actually missed 90 percent of the adverse events
  • the cost of errors and adverse events
  • research on measuring quality
  • lessons to be learned from other countries
  • how pay-for-performance has affected quality
  • several case studies of how quality has improved in specific institutions

Those of you who attended Health Journalism 2010 might be particularly interested in an update from Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., who was the keynote speaker at last year’s conference. In this issue of Health Affairs, Pronovost writes about the advances in reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections – which he discussed at last year’s talk.

Remember, AHCJ members receive free access to Health Affairs. If you haven’t already signed up for access, be sure you take advantage of that benefit.

Some Mass. hospital quality measures online

Elizabeth Cooney, writing on White Coat Notes, alerts us to a change in data provided by the Massachusetts Hospital Association and the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives.

PatientCareLink, the new site, adds examples of hospitals improving their performance and, for patients, gives advice on choosing a doctor or hospital, according to Cooney.

The site allows you to view hospital staffing plans and performance measures, such as prevalence of bedsores, patient falls, heart attack care, pneumonia care and surgical care.

Some of the data comes from Hospital Compare (also participating hospitals. And there’s no apparent way to download the data for analysis, as you can from the Hospital Compare site (and AHCJ).

Of course, ratings of Massachusett’s hospitals also are available from the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council.