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Joint Commission Annual Report Issued

In their annual report, The Joint Commission stated that hospitals continue to improve the quality of their care. The report reviews the performance of more than 3,300 accredited hospitals on 45 evidence-based practices for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and stroke. Overall, hospitals performed the 45 practices 96.6% of the time in 2011, up from 81.8% in 2002, when the report began tracking 15 of the practices. Composite scores have climbed 23.8 percentage points for pneumonia care and 9.9 percentage points for heart attack care since 2002; 15.5 percentage points for surgical care since 2005; 14.9 percentage points for children’s asthma care since 2008; 6.8 percentage points for inpatient psychiatric services since 2009; and 7.2 percentage points for VTE and 2.2 percentage points for stroke care since 2010. The report also recognizes 620 hospitals that performed the practices at least 95% of the time in 2011, a 50% increase from 2010.

For further information, go to http://www.jointcommission.org/annualreport.aspx.

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