No matter where you seek your care, consumers likely will find information about the quality of the care for hospitals and clinics listed differently.
A vast amount of health care quality information is available, with many different agencies reporting on many different measures. But there is little universal agreement on which measures the quality of health care can be judged.
So the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network holds itself accountable to publicly reported quality measures from specific, widely credited sources that represent a balance of hospital and clinic measures across many types of health care providers.
We Hold Ourselves Accountable
The Froedtert & MCW health network holds itself accountable to measures that:
Allow us to compare ourselves to like organizations, using data from all patients and conditions, rather than just a subset. For these measures, we adhere to Vizient, an alliance of United States academic medical centers and hospitals.
Have transparent, clear methodology. This includes Truven Health Analytics, an IBM company, for performance in patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability based on a national balanced scorecard; the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and standard patient experience surveys.
These sources are consistent with the goals and priorities of the Affordable Care Act, and they keep the focus on the integrity of data reporting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the American Hospital Association, major drivers of all other programs.
Making it Easy
Information about hospital and clinic quality should be clear and easy to follow, so we report our performance over time on a more limited number of measures than is available from other sources. The measures we report here are consistent with the views of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim for Populations, views widely agreed upon by health care experts across the country.
We report our performance over time on a more limited number of measures than is available from other sources, to make the information clear and easy for our community to use.
Complete Quality Measures
- For a comparison of all measures, we provide a drop-down list of all reportable measures available through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare web site.
- For a complete report of our ambulatory quality measures, please refer to the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) web site.
Web sites such as Hospital Compare report a wealth of data on a regular basis, however this data typically reflects the previous year’s performance rather than a hospital’s current performance. We commit to having the most current data available to us available to our communities.