The findings, based on CMS’ analysis of Medicare data for patients cared for between July 2006 and June 2009, are an indication of NYU Langone’s ongoing commitment to improve patient safety and enhance the quality of care for both inpatient and outpatient services.
CMS’ Hospital Compare was created to help consumers, patients and their families better compare quality at America’s hospitals through tools provided on the website that provide comparative data on a number of different services. In addition to decreased mortality rates, the data also shows that the NYU Langone demonstrates no evidence of overuse of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other screening procedures compared to other providers, keeping patients safe from exposure to potentially harmful radiation that may not be necessary.
“Our Medical Center is deeply committed to patient safety and quality improvement and we are pleased that our process measures continue to look better and better and that our outcomes remain strong,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center. “The Hospital Compare data is especially rewarding because we continue to see risk-adjusted hospital mortality that is significantly below the national average for all three conditions measured. The results speak to the dedication and medical expertise of our physicians, nurses, and staff and their commitment to seeking excellence in all we do.”
In addition to the Hospital Compare data, the Medical Center has been recognized by several organizations including The Joint Commission which recently awarded NYU Langone with The Gold Seal of Approval, an award provided to hospitals that follow the very best practices in terms of patient care and safety. Additionally, the institution was named to The Niagara Health Quality Coalition Hospital Report Card Honor Roll for patient safety. The Medical Center was also ranked as one of America’s Top 10 Best Hospitals by Becker’s, recognizing hospitals that have put patients’ needs first, driven a variety of innovations and set the bar for high-quality care higher.
According to Grossman, “Improving our outcomes is a never ending process—we are constantly reviewing our performance against nationally and internationally accepted service standards and have a comprehensive internal quality improvement program in place to ensure high quality of care. We always look for ways to do even better.”
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