Measure Type: Process, Outcome
The North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety (a.k.a. North Carolina Quality Center) has joined with the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) to report quality performance of hospitals in North Carolina. Hospitals with less than 10 patient cases are not displayed. There is a downloadable excel file illustrating the breakdown for each hospital, per condition the number of patients and/or hospital excluded from the reports.
The website measures Heart Attack (8), Heart Failure (4), Pneumonia (7), and Surgical Infection Prevention (3). There are four reports to explain all the data collected for this website. Consumers can view the overall scores of a measure based on a condition (ex. Pneumonia) and region (ex. Counties in North Carolina). The graphs use percentages for a simple understanding of the data. The second report offers tables illustrating each measure by date, condition, and region. The third report displays most favorable hospital level trends for all conditions. And the final report provides graphs and charts of the hospitals listed alphabetically. With the last report you can compare several hospitals at once, as opposed to the other reports where only one graph is illustrated at a time based on the region selected.
The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence collects quarterly hospital level data using CMS/QIO data warehouse for the North Carolina Quality Center. In the future, more quality measurements will be added. For 2007 to 2008 plans are being made to add a patients perception (derived from HCAHP survey), 30-day mortality rates for heart attack and heart failure, and expanded information to prevent surgical infections.