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NYU Langone Medical Center Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from The Joint Commission

NYU Langone Among Top 33 Percent of all Joint Commission-Accredited Hospitals Reporting Accountability Measure Performance Data for 2012

NYU Langone Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, as a 2012 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for exemplary performance using evidence-based clinical processes that improve care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgery. Earlier this year NYU Langone received a Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission, reflecting a commitment to high quality care.

“NYU Langone is renowned for evidence-based clinical care across a wide array of specialities, and for providing safe, effective, patient-centered care is at the core of all we do,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO, NYU Langone Medical Center. “We are commited to achieving positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes, and are extremely proud to receive this recognition from The Joint Commission.”

As a top performer, NYU Langone is among 1,099 hospitals being recognized this year. This represents the top 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year for the conditions heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, inpatient psychiatric services, and this year’s new catergories immunization for pneumonia and influenza.

Each of the hospitals named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

“NYU Langone Medical Center and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”

This ranking is one of a growing number of accolades NYU Langone received recently for its overall quality of care. Of note, NYU Langone scored number one for overall patient safety and quality among leading academic medical centers across the nation that participated in the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) 2013 Quality and Accountability Study. In addition, the medical center received the UHC Quality Leadership Award for demonstrated excellence in the delivery of high-quality care, achieved five stars for its overall performance, and ranked number one in the domains of safety, effectiveness, and equity. NYU Langone was also named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 – 2014 “Best Hospitals Honor Roll,” as one of the top hospitals in the country, and was recognized with 12 nationally ranked specialties. Additionally, ranked NYU Langone first among the nation’s academic medical centers for surgical care. The Niagara Health Quality Coalition named NYU Langone to its “Honor Roll” for three consecutive years, and continues to recognize the medical center on its list of “America’s Safest Hospitals.”

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