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Be An Informed Healthcare Consumer

The information on this Web site will help you, your loved ones and your healthcare provider compare certain quality of care statistics among New Jersey hospitals that have given data to the New Jersey Hospital Association. This quality information will not only help you make good decisions about your healthcare, but also encourage all healthcare providers to continue their efforts to improve healthcare quality in our state. Consumers can use this information as a starting point for educating themselves and their families about hospital quality, for talking to your primary care provider about choosing a hospital and for asking questions while receiving care in a hospital. (For more information on healthcare quality, we've assembled a list of helpful Web links on our Resources page.)

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About Quality Measures

"Healthcare quality" means different things to different people. For many people, it means a successful outcome of your hospital stay, such as surviving a heart attack or delivering a healthy baby without complications. Others may define "quality" as professional and compassionate care by nurses, physicians and other hospital personnel.

For still others, "healthcare quality" may mean that the hospital carefully followed all guidelines and standards of appropriate care, based on medical research. It's that type of quality data that is found on this Web site. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services publish data on how well hospitals follow well-established processes of good care. This information is currently available for the conditions of myocardial infarction (or more commonly, a heart attack), heart failure and pneumonia. In the future, the two agencies will expand their efforts to report on how well hospitals follow guidelines on the best use of antibiotics to prevent infection for patients undergoing certain surgeries.

This Web site also includes information on the many quality improvement activities that New Jersey hospitals participate in. Through its Quality Institute, the New Jersey Hospital Association encourages the state's hospitals to take part in a variety of performance improvement initiatives including its own statewide efforts to improve care, along with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's two nationwide efforts, the 100,000 Lives Campaign and the Protecting 5 Million Lives from Harm Campaign. Many hospitals in New Jersey also are active in the VHA's patient safety programs.

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Measure Methodology

The data presented here was created from publicly available data that is collected by the New Jersey Discharge Data Collection System. It includes data collected in the same way by all hospitals and reported to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services on all inpatients discharged from acute care hospitals in New Jersey. This system contains data about patients such as age, sex, date of admission and date of discharge as well as diagnosis codes and procedure codes on all patients admitted to a hospital.

To analyze this data, we used a subset of data from a clinical outcomes evaluation system developed jointly by QuadraMed and the New Jersey Hospital Association in 1993, called Quantim® Performance Measurement System. This system meets all rules for measurement systems acceptable for submitting data to The Joint Commission a national organization that accredits hospitals.

This data has been collected and distributed to all New Jersey Hospital Association members in their Comparative Clinical Outcomes Report since 1995 to help hospitals identify opportunities to improve the quality of care provided to their communities.

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