According to a January report of the project's second-year
results, the 260 participating hospitals raised overall quality by
11.8 percent in two years in the five clinical areas studied.
"Theoretically, these improvements in quality of care over the first
two years of the project saved 1,284 heart attack patients," said
Dalpoas. "Furthermore, patients in the 260 participating hospitals
received approximately 150,000 additional recommended evidence-based
clinical quality measures or procedures, such as smoking cessation,
detailed discharge instructions and pneumococcal vaccination"
The project's results, including which hospitals placed in the
top 50 percent of each clinical area, are available for the public
to view on the Internet. (See hospital quality measure graphs for
heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care
improvement and infection prevention.
"We are pleased to receive an extension of this project and look
forward to testing new ways to measure and support high-quality
care," said Stephanie Alexander, Premier senior vice president for
Healthcare Informatics. "The hospitals participating in this project
deserve credit for pioneering these new ideas and for the tremendous
quality of care they deliver."
"Our nation's health care system produces medical miracles every
day but hasn't always provided consistent and high-quality care to
everyone," Dalpoas said. "This project has been a very significant
step forward in making quality count in American health care."