You, the consumer, play a key role in making decisions about
hospital care. You can be an active and involved partner in your care — but you
need information. That’s where this site comes in. The Minnesota Hospital
Quality Report provides information to help you evaluate the quality of care of
hospitals in your area.
Welcome to the Minnesota Hospital Quality Report, a site with information by
hospitals on quality of care and patients’ experiences. Consumers can use this
information to help make decisions about future hospital care. The site
includes two different types of information:
This site gives you a snapshot of hospitals’ performance in five key areas:
heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, infection prevention
(new measures as of Nov. 2009)
and surgical care. Performance
is displayed through “quality of care” measures. These measures describe how
often certain practices of care have been followed.
Another way to look at performance is through the Appropriate Care Measure
(ACM). A more patient-focused measure, the ACM shows whether a patient received
ALL of the “appropriate or right care” (recommended treatments) that they
should have received, based on their clinical condition. Each patient is unique
and may not be eligible for every type of care for a condition. The ACM takes
patient individuality into consideration, looking at one patient and their
episode of care, related to their specific condition.
For the first time, comparable ratings on patients’ hospital experiences is
publicly available. A national survey, completed by patients, measures the
frequency of important aspects of care, such as communication with nurses and
doctors as well as pain management.
It is worth noting that a hospital’s quality is more than just the sum of these
particular measures. Hospitals provide care for many other illnesses and
conditions not addressed on this Web site. The information provided here can
help you start a conversation with your health care providers about getting the
care you, your family or friends need. Click here
for information about other sources of information about hospital quality, and
how you can put it to use.
Choose of these two options
To see the performance of a particular hospital
To compare performance between hospitals