Joint Commission reports gains in hospital care quality

Hospitals are more consistently providing evidence-based treatments – treatments shown by scientific evidence to lead to the best outcomes for patients, according to performance measurement results compiled over the past six years. The report tracks how consistently Commission-accredited hospitals perform certain recommended treatments for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical patients, which are based on quality measures publicly reported by the Hospital Quality Alliance:

· The heart attack care result improved to 96 percent in 2007 from 86.9 percent in 2002 and from 94.4 percent in 2006. A 96 percent score means that hospitals provided an evidence-based treatment 96 times for every 100 opportunities to do so.

· The heart failure care result improved to 88 percent in 2007 from 59.7 percent in 2002 and from 84.1 percent in 2006.

· The pneumonia care result improved to 89 percent in 2007 from 72.3 percent in 2002 and from 87.3 percent in 2006.

· On three evidence-based measures of surgical care quality measured from 2005 to 2007, Joint Commission-accredited hospitals also showed continual progress, with improvement on the three measures ranging from 3.6 to 12.1 percentage points.

· Most of the hospitals consistently complied with the accreditor’s 2007 National Patient Safety Goal requirements.


Click here for the Joint Commission's latest annual report on hospital quality.

(SOURCE: The Joint Commission,, accessed December 11, 2008)