Joint Commission releases findings from 2009 annual report

Accreditation Connection, March 22, 2010

The Joint Commission released its fourth annual report, stating accredited hospitals continue to improve quality of patient care, according to Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2009.

The report displays continual improvement on 12 quality measures over a seven year period.National improvement on these quality measures ranged from 4.9% to 58.8%, while hospital performance also improved in 13 different measures.

Some key findings of the report include:

  • Hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission have significantly improved the quality of care provided to heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia patients
  • Individual surgical care performance measures have improved steadily at hospitals
  • While hospitals have received a 90% improvement rate on most individual quality measures, improvement is still needed

To read the rest of the report, click here.

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