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VA Northern Indiana Health Care System

 

Top Performer on Key Quality Measures

October 31, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VA Northern Indiana Health Care System Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” Recognition from Joint Commission

Fort Wayne - Veteran Affairs Northern Indiana Health Care System yesterday was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.  VA Northern Indiana Health Care System was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.

VA Northern Indiana Health Care System is one of the 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure. VA Northern Indiana Health Care System was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: Pneumonia. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.
VA Northern Indiana Health Care System and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measure have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities.

“VA Northern Indiana Health Care System and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, MD., FACP,M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission.

“We understand that what matters most to Veterans at VA Northern Indiana Health Care System is safe, effective care. That’s why VA Northern Indiana Health Care System has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. VA Northern Indiana Health Care System is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, “ says Denise Deitzen, Director.