The Joint Commission releases Annual Report on Quality and Safety

The Joint Commission has released its Annual Report on Quality and Safety, Improving America’s Hospitals, which, for the first time lists top performing hospitals in using evidence-based care processes that are closely linked to positive patient outcomes, according to the Joint Commission.

Fifteen new measures were added in 2010.  Key findings from the report, which examines data from over 3,000 U.S. hospitals:

  • 405 hospitals from 45 states were recognized for accountability measure performance.  To qualify, hospitals must achieve performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures and also meet or exceed 95 percent performance on every accountability measure where data is reported to the Joint Commission.
  • Since 2002, hospital performance has significantly improved on care for heart attack, surgical care, pneumonia, heart failure and children’s asthma.
  • Improvement is still needed in some areas including providing fibrinolytic therapy within 30 minutes to heart attack patients and providing antibiotics to immunocompetent pneumonia patients in the ICU.

(Source:  The Joint Commission,, September 2011; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, September 14, 2011)