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The Joint Commission Names Hospitals as “Top Quality Performers”—
Pneumonia is one of the Measures Reported

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September 21, 2012

The Joint Commission (JC) has just released a list of hospitals across the country that the accrediting body has determined are the top performers when it comes to reporting quality measures that have become part of the healthcare landscape as incentives to increase payments based on performance.

The JC report, titled Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012, names “620 hospitals that are leading the way nationally in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes.”

This is good news for respiratory therapists (RTs) because pneumonia is one of the quality measures being reported. It shows that our profession can make a difference. And that difference becomes even more important as pneumonia will also be one of the key quality measures used to track excess hospital readmissions and 30-day mortality.

As more data are reported in the future—COPD is one of the measures being considered for future updates—the value and care that RTs bring every day to their patients will continue to become increasingly evident.

Right now, the report focuses primarily on process rather than outcomes, but it is clearly an indication that RTs are key players when it comes to how well their hospitals perform. Check out the list of 620 hospitals to see if your hospital made the list.