Sunday, January 31, 2010

Western Baptist Hospital: Problem Solving with Pneumonia Care Performance Improvement Teams

Western Baptist Hospital is one of the top-performing hospitals in the country in the pneumonia care process-of-care, or "core" measures. The core measures, developed by the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) and publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), relate to provision of recommended treatment in four clinical areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. Western Baptist also performs well, above the 85th percentile, on the heart attack and heart failure core measures, though it does not perform as well-below the 50th percentile-on the surgical care core measures.

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