The Joint Commission Quality Check:
http://www.qualitycheck.org/consumer/searchQCR.aspxLinks to an external site.
http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/areaLinks to an external site.
US Department of HHS (Hospital Compare):
http://hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/Links to an external site.
National Patient Safety Goals
jointcommission.orgLinks to an external site.
These topics are hot topics for healthcare and CMS will deduct reimbursements on quality scores, starting in 2013. They are monitoring these scores now to see what percentage they will be deducting. We are finding in the hospitals across the country that nurses may be unclear about these and how they can impact patient outcomes.
Patient Safety Goals
Go to these links and compare your facility to another hospital in your area. If you are not currently working in a hospital use a hospital that you did clinical at during school or a hospital your family would use. As a change agent pick one of the topics and discuss how you can implement change in your department to bring your quality scores up. Post your hospital scores in your presentation.