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Joint Commission reports quality gains
Modern Healthcare

Hospitals have made significant quality gains in key areas such as surgical care and care of patients with heart failure, according to the Joint Commission’s Report on Quality and Safety 2010 (PDF).

For its fifth annual quality report, which analyzed data from more than 3,000 hospitals, the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based not-for-profit accreditation organization analyzed hospitals looking specifically at their performance on accountability measures. Such measures must pass stricter criteria and are “closely linked to positive patient outcomes,” the commission said in the report.