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How to Measure Quality of Care

Quality may seem like a difficult concept to measure, but in essence, quality healthcare means doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right way, for the right patient. Quality care also means that patients should come away with the best possible results.

Suburban Hospital reports data on many quality measures to state and national organizations, including The Joint Commission, The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), and the Maryland State Department of Health. This data helps healthcare professionals monitor the care provided and offers a scientific basis for comparison at the state and national levels. More and more public and private groups are working on ways to measure and report on the quality of healthcare in ways that are meaningful to consumers, and Suburban Hospital is proud to participate in these initiatives.

One way to monitor quality of care is to review the Suburban Hospital's performance on CMS' defined clinical care measures, also called "core measures." CMS reports the national-, state- and hospital-level results for how often hospitals use 21 recommended standards of care in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infection. The degree to which hospitals use each of these best practices in the daily care of patients indicates compliance with accepted standards of care that are supported by a body of medical evidence. To see how Suburban Hospital performs on these indicators, please view our quality measures.

While the data provided here will help you make decisions about your healthcare, it should not be used as your only source of information. It is important that you speak with your doctor before making decisions that affect your health.