Redmond Regional Medical Center knows that you have choices when deciding which hospital is best for you. We want you to be comfortable in making those choices, which is why we are committed to providing you with information about the treatment we provide that will help you make an informed decision.
What are Core Measures?
Redmond consistently delivers quality health care using proven therapies to treat our patients. In doing so, we adhere to a set of care processes called Core Measures, which were developed by The Joint Commission, the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, to improve the quality of health care by implementing a national, standardized performance measurement system. The Core Measures were derived largely from a set of quality indicators defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). They have been shown to reduce the risk of complications, prevent recurrences and otherwise treat the majority of patients who come to a hospital for treatment of a condition or illness. Core Measures help hospitals improve the quality of patient care by bringing focus to “best practices” during your hospital stay.
There are 33 Core Measures altogether, in 4 categories: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), community-acquired pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and surgical care. Under each category, key actions are listed that represent the most widely accepted, research-based care process in that category for the majority of patients.
Individual hospitals across the country are measured and compared by The Joint Commission against all other accredited institutions on their adherence to these Core Measures. You will note there is a time lag of several months between when care is delivered and when it is posted for the public to review. This is because Redmond, like other hospitals, sends in its data to be compiled by an objective agency to compare us against many other state and national healthcare institutions. Redmond posts its updated information whenever the updated state and national data is released. This way, consumers can compare Redmond against national data from the same time period.
You and Your Physician Still Determine How to Best Treat You as an Individual
It is important to note that these care recommendations are subject to the professional medical advice of each patient's physician and the particular health conditions of each patient. If a physician determines that a patient is not an appropriate candidate for a particular Core Measure care process, your physician can prescribe care that is best for that patient. A good example is the administration of aspirin to a patient experiencing a heart attack. Core Measures advise that aspirin administration helps the patient have a positive result. However, some patients are allergic to aspirin; for others, taking aspirin will make another medical problem worse. In these cases, the patient's physician may determine that aspirin should not be administered or prescribed for the patient. The patient and his physician make care decisions based on what is best for the individual patient rather than simply the majority of patients.