Core Measures Provide National Standards for Evaluating Patient Care
Kishwaukee Community Hospital tracks and evaluates numerous patient care practices that are known as “best practices” because they are associated with improved patient outcomes. About 30 of these are known as “Core Measures.” Core Measures, representing best practices in treatment, prevention and patient education, are bundled together in four categories: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Site Infection Prevention.
Our Core Measure data, along with every other hospital that accepts Medicare, is publicly reported on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) “Hospital Compare” website. This standardized reporting can help consumers learn more about the hospitals they choose for their care.
Below, click on “table” or “graph” to see how Kish Hospital is performing on each of the measures included in the category.
KEY: majority of measures at or above average same number of measures at/above
average and below average
majority of measures below average no patients
Core Measures Meets or Exceeds
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View As Heart Attack Heart Failure Pneumonia Surgical Infection Prevention
National Database has Limitations
A national hospital performance database is published at www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov. The data you see on this government web site represents 12 consecutive months of data reflecting patient care that was provided anywhere from 9 months to nearly 2 years ago, depending on how often DHHS updates the website.
As a service to our consumers, Kish Hospital is committed to sharing the most current core measure data which is included in the table above.
Each core measure category includes several indicators for maximizing positive patient outcomes.How Kish Hospital Uses the Data
Collecting, analyzing and reporting core measure data not only helps consumers learn about our performance, these actions provide continual feedback to physicians and Kish Hospital clinical staff as we strive to provide the right care for every patient every time.
We begin the process of reviewing the care provided within a few days of the patient visit. We use the data to verify that we are providing optimal patient care as well as to identify opportunities for improvement if the data shows a deviation from the best practice. Feedback on performance is given to our physicians and staff so that changes can be made to processes and practice if needed.