Hospital Quality Rankings
North Carolina hospitals and health systems agree that consumers must have accurate and useful information to make informed healthcare choices. Unfortunately, many of these quality ranking reports raise more questions than answers and add to an already long list of rating systems that attempt to simplify the complexity of delivering high quality care. In addition, many of these ratings systems do not account for the social determinants of health that impact health status in the diverse communities across our state.
Variation among numerous reports and rankings of hospital performance can be confusing for health care professionals and patients.To address these concerns, the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), America’s Essential Hospitals, Catholic Health Association (CHA), Children’s Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) have endorsed a set of principles for evaluating publicly reported provider performance data.
The principles are the result of an expert panel convened by the AAMC, and call for quality reports to be well-defined in purpose, for performance measure methodologies to be transparent and for measures to be valid. You can find the document here.
NCHA urges healthcare consumers to talk with their care providers about their own unique health picture and about what this data may mean for them and their care.