Jefferson Healthcare is 5-star rated for Hip Fracture Treatment outcomes according to a study released by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of new findings and data featured in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.*
Variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2015 through 2017, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, then on average 222,210 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,210 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.* A 5-star rating indicates that Jefferson Healthcare’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.
Additionally, from 2015 through 2017, patients having Hip Fracture Repair in hospitals with 5 stars have, on average, a 45.7 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals with 1 star.*
The demonstration of exceptional quality in the treatment of hip fractures started at Jefferson Healthcare with recruiting a skilled and passionate team of orthopedic surgeons. Surgeons worked in collaboration with the Surgical Quality Committee to elevate best practices, identify opportunities for improvement, and enhance teamwork and communication. Jessi Taft, RN, Clinical Practice Manager, also supported the work of the quality committee – and advocated for the creation of a ‘hip fracture program’ after returning from a conference. She shared the best practices with the surgeons, who were supportive of this work
“In addition to our incredible surgeons, it was the work of the team – including the surgeons, CRNAs, inpatient nursing, rehab, pharmacy, infection prevention, surgical services, quality and patient safety, and front line staff members who worked hard to ensure that we were providing the best possible care for our patients, while inviting patients and family members to become valued members of our patient care team,” said Brandi Manuel, Chief of Patient Safety & Quality.
Jefferson Healthcare was also recognized with the 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award and is the only hospital in the State of Washington to receive that distinction.
“Clinical quality varies significantly between hospitals, so it’s important for consumers to use information about outcomes to assess where to receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “This 5-star rating for Hip Fracture Treatment showcases the expertise and commitment of Jefferson Healthcare to their patients.”
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality/.
* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]