The Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance has released its annual report on the performance of the state’s hospitals.
The group compared hospital performance over time on 16 process measures: three heart attack measures, two heart failure measures, three pneumonia measures, six surgical care measures, and one prevention measure. It found that hospital performance in the state improved during the July 2013 to June 2014 over previous years and that those improvements mirrored similar improvements nationally. Overall, the group found that the performance of Pennsylvania’s hospitals on these measures was better than average nationally.
The alliance also evaluated patient satisfaction with Pennsylvania hospitals as quantified by hospital consumer assessment of healthcare providers and systems (HCAHPS) measures. It found modestly improved performance that generally mirrored national trends.
Finally, alliance reported on the delivery of care in hospital emergency rooms and found modestly improved performance that was very similar to hospitals’ performance nation-wide.
The Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance is a voluntary group of health care organizations working together to improve the quality of health care in Pennsylvania. It report State of the State: Hospital Performance in Pennsylvania, October 2015, can be found here, on the organization’s web site.