Measuring Quality and Safety
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency, requires all U.S. hospitals to track and report certain statistics, called performance measures. More than 100 measures are tracked, although some hospitals don’t have enough patients with a certain condition to report on it, or don’t perform a certain procedure.
The goals of tracking and reporting these statistics are:
- To ensure quality and patient safety at each hospital
- To help the public compare hospitals and assess the care they deliver
- To encourage hospitals to use these statistics to help guide their improvement efforts
Who Measures Hospital Quality and Safety?
Organizations that collect data and/or measure hospital quality include:
- Hospital Compare, an official U.S. government website that presents information about quality and safety at more than 4,000 hospitals across the country
- The Joint Commission, an independent nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies U.S. healthcare organizations and programs
Our Commitment to Transparency
Danbury Hospital presents performance measures that we believe are most important or most challenging. You may review our performance on these and all the other CMS-mandated measures by going to the Hospital Compare website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
CMS randomly audits each hospital to ensure that the reporting is accurate. At Danbury Hospital, we have always been found to be reporting accurately.
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