Quality Measurement Combined With Peer Review Improved German In-Hospital Mortality Rates For…

Mortality rates during hospital stays for common diseases show considerable variation at the hospital level, which suggests that there is potential for outcome improvement. We studied changes in mortality after an intervention that aimed to improve medical outcomes through quality measurement combined with peer review. We examined eighteen acute care hospitals purchased by the Helios Hospital Group in Germany from one year before to three years after the start of the intervention. In-hospital mortality for myocardial infarction, heart failure, ischemic stroke, and pneumonia was stratified by initial hospital performance and compared to the German average. Following the intervention, hospitals whose performance was initially subpar significantly reduced in-hospital mortality for all four diseases.

Continued here: 

Quality Measurement Combined With Peer Review Improved German In-Hospital Mortality Rates For…