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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.
Sorra J, Famolaro T, Dyer N, Khanna K, Nelson D. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2011. AHRQ Publication No. 11-0030.
The fifth annual edition of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture comparative database presents benchmarking data for safety culture from more than 1000 hospitals nationwide, including trending data on changes in safety culture perception over time for more than 500 hospitals. The full report contains detailed comparative data for various hospital characteristics (type and size) and respondent characteristics (work areas, staff positions, and direct patient contact). Overall perception of safety culture improved compared with prior reports, and respondents specifically noted improvements in teamwork and management support of safety. However, persistent concerns were voiced about the safety of handoffs, and most respondents did not voluntarily report safety incidents.
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AHRQ Quality Indicators. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Prevention Quality Indicators use hospital admissions data to screen for potential quality lapses on conditions that generally don't require hospitalization if managed effectively at the primary care level.