The Joint Commission announces that one third of its more than 3,300 accredited hospitals submitting quality measures in 2012 are “Top Performers” in using evidence-based care processes.

These 1,099 hospitals represent a 77 percent increase in top performers during the past year. Another 20 percent of hospitals were only one measure shy of reaching the top level. The commission’s annual report summarizes the performance of accredited hospitals on 47 measures.

The measures require 95 percent adherence to best treatment practices in such areas as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, venous thromboembolism, stroke and immunization. Hospitals selected and reported on four sets of measures.

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All measures tracked over at least two years showed improvement, according to the report. Heart attack care has improved by 10.2 percentage points over a decade, with pneumonia care improving by 25 points during the same period.

But many treatment areas have room for improvement, the report notes. These include home care for child asthma patients, transmitting continuing care plans for psychiatric patients, and giving warfarin discharge instructions to VTE patients.

The report, “Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2013,” is available here.

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