A Review of Core Measures

The Joint Commission saw to the constant appraisal of health care with disease-specific care for the diseases whose core measures are under speculation. Core measures are a means for appraisal of the application of recommended treatments for some diseases to prevent incidences of complications. It is an instance of application of evidence-based medical research. The Joint Commission works in collaboration with Centers of Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). The provision of standard health care as recommended by research should serve the purpose of providing quality care to majority of the citizens. The results and analyses from collecting such data help in the verification of areas that are in need of improvement in various health institutions.

The results for the various core measure data sets come in a way that ensures the chronological procedure for providing the most effective care to a patient is followed. The steps for each condition reduce the chance of mortality or fatality of a disease based on evidence-based research. The analysis of this data requires the graphical presentation of results to ensure exponential rise in the quality of health care. The Joint Commission also demands reports of these results and analysis to maintain improvement. The Joint Commission reviews these reports to assess the effectiveness of the interventions on diagnosis of a disease whose core measures are taken. This data is publicized so that the information is available to the primary participants in health care; the patients. This assures the community that hospital provides stellar care. It also gives the patient significant counsel on which health facility to use. Outstanding results give a hospital a chance to receive reimbursements and other payments to improve its facilities and increase the salaries of its employees.

Among the required core measure data sets required for submission by hospitals include those of acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care improvement project (SCIP), venous thromboembolism, emergency department, substance abuse, tobacco treatment, immunization, perinatal care, children's asthma care, hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services, hospital outpatient department and stroke. (The Joint Commission. (n.d.). Core Measure Sets.)

On comparison of the core measure data sets of preventive care of Davis Hospital and Medical Care Center, McKay Dee Hospital Center and Ogden Regional Medical Center, the results showed an imperfect score card. Patients assessed with and given influenza virus within the nation average at 86%. In the state of Utah, within which these institutions are located, this value stands at 91%. Davis Hospital and Medical Care Center has its value at 95% well above the national and state-level average. McKay Dee Hospital Center also gives an impressive 93% on this parameter. However, Ogden Regional Medical Center's preventive care results are at a low 81%. There is need for improvement within this medical facility. (Medicare Hospital Compare Quality of Care)

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Based on assessment of, and administration of the pneumonia vaccine, the national average stands at 88%. Within the state of Utah, this procedure is equally effectively performed 88% of the times. Davis Hospital and Medical Care Center tops the list at 95% in this measure. McKay Dee Hospital and Center is second with 87%. Ogden Regional Medical Center is last with 82%.

This data shows that Davis Hospital and Medical Care Center is more likely to receive reimbursements from Medicaid and other payers for its exemplary performance. Equally, consumers will prefer it as a hospital of choice due to its high quality health care. The government will have to improve the facilities and personnel within Ogden Regional Medical Center to improve the quality of health care provided by the facility. Ogden regional Medical Center has to focus on improving its results by increasing the vigilance of its personnel.

Continued, competitive and publicized evaluation of medical facilities, core measures might be scrapped based on the fact that they might impinge on the advertisement and commercialization of medical services. Laws controlling such actions are stringent putting the core measures in close association with unlawful activity after their publication.

References

  1. Medicare Hospital Compare Quality of Care. (n.d.). Medicare Hospital Compare Quality of Care. Retrieved November 13, 2013, from http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/

  2. The Joint Commission. (n.d.). Core Measure Sets. Retrieved November 13, 2013, from http://www.jointcommission.org/core_measure_sets.aspx

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