Quality Care in U.S. Hospitals: Good, Bad, or Improving?


Quality Care in U.S. Hospitals: Good, Bad, or Improving? Quality of care in hospitals and other health centers across the United States has shown improvements over the past eight years, a national health care accrediting organization revealed.

According to a report from Businessweek, The Joint Commission found that there is a big improvement on US hospitals in caring for patients with heart attack, pneumonia, surgery and children’s asthma.

Their findings in their annual rating activity shows that the care result for children’s asthma increased from 70.7 percent in 2007 to 88.1 percent in 2009; pneumonia care result rose from 72.4 percent in 2002 to 92.9 percent in 2009; surgical care result improved from 77.4 percent in 2004 to 95.8 percent in 2009.

And the overall use of evidence-based measures increased from 81.8 percent in 2002 to 95.4 percent in 2009.

Quality Care in U.S. Hospitals: Good Bad or Improving?

Dr. Mark Chassin, President of The Joint Commission said on a news release that the hospitals devoted enormous resources and energy to improve their clinical processes. However, the report states that improvements are still needed in some areas of quality care.