Modern Healthcare reports that findings from an updated analysis indicate hospitals are doing a better job treating patients who have suffered heart attacks, heart failure or pneumonia, but still struggle with newer quality indicators, such as preventing surgical infections. The updated analysis was undertaken by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have found.
On average, hospitals scored better across 10 long-standing quality measures, earning a median score of 89.1. The new median score is 5 points higher than what their 2005 study found.
Previous studies linked poor performance in three quality indicators—acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia—to higher risk-adjusted mortality, according to the report.