patient safety indicators

More Science, Less Sausage-Making Needed for Hospital Quality Measures

More Science, Less Sausage-Making Needed for Hospital Quality Measures

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If you understand statistics and possess the intestinal fortitude to examine a ranking methodology, you will recognize that it involves ingredients that have to be recombined, repackaged and renamed. It's messy, like sausage-making. This is not to say that the end product — hospital rankings — are distasteful. Patients deserve valid, transparent and timely information(...)

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Why Health Care Performance Measures Need Their Own Grades

Why Health Care Performance Measures Need Their Own Grades

Posted by  | Measurement of Safety and Quality

Some measures of health care quality and patient safety should be taken with a grain of salt. A few need a spoonful. In April, a team of Johns Hopkins researchers published an article examining how well a state of Maryland pay-for-performance program measure for dangerous blood clots identified cases that were potentially preventable. In reviewing(...)

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