Study finds overall predictive value in 3 key quality metrics

07/1/2013 |

Hospitals that had the best 30-day mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia also tended to perform best on overall mortality, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers used Medicare Provider Analysis and Review files to determine that aggregate 30-day mortality rates for the three conditions were predictive for mortality linked to stroke, sepsis, GI bleeding and a number of other conditions. The authors suggested that gaining a clearer understanding of top-performing facilities could help improve quality at lower-performing hospitals.

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