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CHCF 2020 Edition — Quality of Care: Providers

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California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) is publishing a series of measures on the quality of care in California. Topics range from maternal to end-of-life care, and include measures on behavioral health, chronic conditions, and providers.

This latest release of quality measures focuses on providers, including ambulatory surgery centers, emergency departments, inpatient hospitals, nursing homes, home health care, and hospice.

In both California and the US, ambulatory surgery centers report low error rates on four quality measures related to high-priority patient safety issues for Medicare. Lower rates are better. For all these measures, California performs similarly to or better than the US overall.

Patients visiting California emergency departments (EDs) have longer lengths of stay than patients nationwide — especially patients who are admitted to the hospital from the ED. In California, these patients spend over an hour longer in the ED than do their counterparts nationwide.

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