The Joint Commission (TJC) recently released its America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report 2015, which summarizes data on 49 accountability measures reported by more than 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in 2014. In Illinois, there are 40 Top Performer hospitals on Key Quality Measures.
The Top Performer program is a way to provide transparency to the public in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care. It identifies hospitals with extraordinary performance on specific, important measures of quality; however, it is not a rating of all aspects of care provided in those hospitals. The designation is based on performance related to accountability measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, perinatal care, surgical care, children’s asthma care, inpatient psychiatric services, venous thromboembolism (VTE) care, stroke care and immunization. Requirements to become a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures:
- Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
- Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
- Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.
“Led by this year’s Top Performer hospitals, Joint Commission-accredited hospitals have achieved tremendous improvement and reliability on many of the measures reported over the past five years. These Top Performer hospitals are demonstrating how to achieve and sustain superb levels of performance in delivering evidence-based treatments,” says Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, President and CEO, The Joint Commission. “We celebrate the successes that represent improvements in the quality of patient care at Joint Commission-accredited hospitals across this country. America’s hospitals continue to make dramatic strides toward becoming more reliable and we are proud to be their partner in doing so.”
For quality, safety and patient satisfaction results for specific hospitals, please visit www.qualitycheck.org. “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report 2015,” is available on The Joint Commission website atwww.jointcommission.org/TJC_Annual_Report_2015.