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|Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.|
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Results are based on a New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services analysis of data in Hospital Compare, the hospital-performance web site created by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). About 4,000 hospitals nationwide report data to CMS on 20 quality measures reflecting nationally recognized standards of patient care.
“The hospital performance report has been an important tool for health care quality improvement. By shining a spotlight on performance, we’ve challenged hospitals and physicians to give each patient the best possible care,” Dr. Jacobs said.
“Hospital associations, hospitals, physicians and academic researchers have undertaken many other projects that are having a positive effect,” he added. “
The Department’s findings are consistent with a recent Commonwealth Fund report that used data from the same federal source.
Based on an analysis the Fund commissioned of federal Hospital Compare data, three New Jersey hospitals or systems ranked in the top nine nationally – Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, which operates two hospitals; Hackensack University Medical Center; and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The analysis appeared in the Fund’s December 2005 Quality Matters newsletter.
Data on the CMS web site Hospital Compare measures hospital performance in providing vital treatments such as: screening patients and administering pneumococcal vaccine, if needed; giving angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors to cardiac patients; and offering patients smoking cessation counseling.
Pneumococcal vaccine can help prevent bacterial pneumonia, or reduce the risk of complications from the disease. ACE inhibitors can help improve heart function. Quitting smoking improves overall health and benefits both cardiac and respiratory health.
DHSS is working with the
The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey has given
The department’s 2005 hospital performance report is available on the DHSS web site at: http://www.state.nj.us/health/hpr.
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State Ranking and Overall Scores Based on Hospital Compare Data
April 2004 to March 2005
Department of Health
P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360