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What's New | April 13, 2011

Core Measures in Hospitals Core Measures in Hospitals
On average, public hospitals have performed more poorly than private hospitals on four core measures involving clinical care for a heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care that are reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The gap in performance measures may be due to public hospitals having more patients with complex physical and social needs, smaller budgets, or older infrastructure, according to The Commonwealth Fund.

The recommended clinical care processes are evidence-based and have been proven to be effective in improving patient outcomes, making it imperative that all patients receive the recommended treatment.

The featured Innovations describe three programs implemented by health systems to improve their hospitals' performance on the four clinical care core measures.

The featured QualityTools describe three practical tools that hospitals can use to track their progress on core measures.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 Implementing The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding
Developed by United States Breastfeeding Committee

 Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum
Developed by The Joint Commission

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 Care Coordination Measures Atlas
Developed by Battelle; Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford University; Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Healthcare System; Sutter Health

 Long-Term Care Toolkit
Developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion; Michigan Antibiotic Resistance Reduction (MARR) Coalition; Michigan Department of Community Health; Michigan Society for Infection Prevention and Control (MSIPC)

 Make School a Moving Experience: Tools & Resources
Developed by Nemours Health & Prevention Services

 Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States: Implementation and Measurement Guide
Developed by CDC Foundation; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; ICF Macro

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