UMHHC earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” from Joint Commission

The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers were named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

UMHHC was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care. More specifically, the organization was honored for its achievement on measures related to the care of patients having surgery, and being treated for heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia.

UMHHC is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

“We understand that what matters most to our patients is safe, effective care,” says Doug Strong, CEO, UMHHC. “That’s why our faculty and staff have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. We are proud to receive this recognition as another step toward creating the ideal patient care experience.”

The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year, and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must:

• Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures

• Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases

• Have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities.

Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

  • In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, UMHHC will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website. The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.