New performance reports are now available on WhyNotTheBest.org, a health care quality improvement resource from The Commonwealth Fund. The site is updated with the most recent quarterly data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the Hospital Quality Alliance measures, which gauge how often hospitals delivered recommended care processes for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgery. In addition, The Commonwealth Fund has added new reports on patient satisfaction, drawn from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). New case studies exploring the improvement strategies of the nation's top-performing hospitals have also been added.
http://WhyNotTheBest.org enables health care providers, researchers, and professionals to conduct side-by-side comparisons of 4,500 hospitals nationwide, track performance over time against numerous benchmarks, and download reports, case studies, and improvement tools.
(SOURCES: The Commonwealth Fund, http://cmwf.org, accessed April 22, 2009)