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Study questions accuracy of in-hospital mortality measures

The way in-hospital mortality traditionally has been measured may provide a skewed picture of hospital quality, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

According to the researchers, from Yale School of Medicine, “In-hospital mortality measures…are not based on a standardized follow-up period and may systematically favor hospitals with shorter lengths of stay.” In other words, the measures typically don’t account for patients who die shortly after discharge -- thus the recommendation for building in a follow-up period of up to 30 days.

As hospitals increasingly are being judged based on how well they perform on a battery of quality measures, it’s more important than ever to test those measures and make sure they’re giving us a clear picture of how hospitals really stack up against their peers.

More studies like this one, please.