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The Department of Health and Senior Services has released its first report comparing
“Inpatient Quality Indicators: New Jersey 2005,” includes hospital-specific scores as well as statewide and national comparisons.
The report analyzes hospital billing data for more than 1 million
Indicators include in-patient death rates for a variety of medical conditions and surgical procedures, such as heart attack, stroke, heart surgery and hip replacement. There is also data on the numbers of specific procedures each hospital performed, where research shows that performing more procedures is associated with lower death rates.
In addition, the report examines how frequently hospitals perform procedures – such as Cesarean section births or minimally invasive gall bladder removal -- that can be overused, underused or misused. Also included are county level utilization rates for common surgeries such as heart surgery or hysterectomy.
According to the report:
“Inpatient Quality Indicators” is the newest in a series of reports that includes Cardiac Surgery in
DHSS plans to publish additional quality indicator reports, possibly including some specifically for a consumer audience. The next report will use a different AHRQ’s software module – Prevention Quality Indicators. These indicators measure in-patient hospitalization that could have been avoided with timely, effective primary care. For example, with effective primary care, many asthma-related hospitalizations can be avoided.
“Inpatient Quality indicators” is available on the DHSS web site at: www.nj.gov/health/healthcarequality.
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