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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides consumers with publicly available information on the quality of Medicare-certified hospital care through this Web site. The site includes specific information for both patients and hospitals on how to use the data to guide decision-making and improvement initiatives. Most recently, listings from the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) and data on Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals were added to the reports available.
Trenton, NJ: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services; March 2012.
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) represent quality measures that make use of a hospital's available administrative data to inform improvement. This Web site provides access to four modules of indicators: prevention, inpatient, pediatric, and patient safety.
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AHRQ Quality Indicators. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) represent quality measures that make use of a hospital's available administrative data. The PSIs reflect the quality of inpatient care but also focus on preventable complications and iatrogenic events. Investigators have found PSIs to be a useful tool for understanding adverse events and identifying possible areas of improvement within health care delivery systems. Although relying on administrative data has clear limitations, select PSIs have been shown to accurately identify certain accidental inpatient injuries. The AHRQ Web site offers publicly available comparative data, along with resources and tools. Patient safety measurement methods are discussed in an AHRQ WebM&M perspective.