Some Top Hospitals Don't Make Joint Commission's List of High Quality Providers

Some notable top hospitals did not make the final cut of 405 hospitals recently recognized by The Joint Commission as top performers of quality, according to a Boston Globe report.

The Joint Commission's recognition of the 405 hospitals were based on the organizations' ability to meet 22 process measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children's asthma care at least 95 percent of the time. The Joint Commission chose to rely on process measures, rather than metrics measuring outcomes such as readmissions, because it is difficult to account for different patient populations, according to the report.


Notable hospitals that did not make the list include Boston hospitals Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General, Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and many others. Mark Chassin, MD, president of The Joint Commission, hopes the list will serve as a "wake-up call" to larger hospitals that have the resources to improve quality, according to the report.

"The factors associated with reputation don't really have to do with performance on specific measures of quality," he said in the report. Beginning next year, hospitals that cannot fulfill the 22 process measures at least 85 percent of the time will not be accredited by The Joint Commission.

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