Leaders Equate Reporting with Quality Gains

A new survey finds a large majority of hospital executives believe that public reporting has stimulated quality improvement at their institutions. In results published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine, fully 70 percent of leaders equate public reporting with enhancing quality improvement. The questionnaire survey was based on a random sample of 630 hospitals with 380 respondents. Quality measures were defined as mortality, readmissions and process and patient experience measures. A smaller percentage of executives credited cost and volume measures with having a positive effect on quality-65 percent credited cost measures, while only 53 percent credited volume measures. Eighty-seven percent of respondents say publicly-reported performance measures are now incorporated into their institutions’ corporate goals, with 90 percent saying they routinely review findings with Boards of Trustees. More than 94 percent review results with senior clinical and administrative staff. Attitudes of Hospital Leaders Toward Publicly Reported Measures of Health Care Quality, (December 2014), was written by researchers from Baystate Medical Center in Springfield Massachusetts and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. For more information, go to www.jamanetwork.com.