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University HealthSystem Consortium releases its annual Quality and Accountability Study

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The University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of 102 nonprofit academic medical centers, released its annual Quality and Accountability Study, reports The Business Review. The UHC’s Quality and Accountability Study, which was launched in 2005, covers patient safety, effectiveness, mortality, patient-centeredness and equity.

In NY, Albany Medical Center ranked ninth out of 88 academic medical centers nationwide for quality and safety.

The study’s authors said top performers shared five key attributes in common: a shared sense of purpose, outstanding leadership, an accountability system, a focus on results and a culture of collaboration.

They said that based on the study’s findings, the difference in yearly outcomes between a top performer and a middle performer would include: A total of 137 fewer deaths, after risk adjustment; a total of 66 fewer preventable complications, after risk adjustment; and a total of 69 fewer related re-admissions.

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