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VA Hospitals & Medical Centers - Quality Assessment

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VA (veterans) Hospitals - Quality Scores 2010

Detailed scorecard for all of the Veterans Health Administration hospitals using 2009 data. Ratings for heart care, diabetes, pneumonia, surgery and other infections, quality of care, patient satisfaction, accreditation and patient safety. Report is not real user friendly at 200+ pages, but if you really want to compare VA hospitals, the information is there. October 2010

VA Hospital, Medical Facility Quality and Satisfaction Reports

The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) makes its VA Medical Center reports available online. Titles include Combined Assessment Program or Community Based Outpatient Clinic Reviews; Audits; or Healthcare Inspections. Listed by date. Topics include quality ratings and patient safety, consumer satisfaction & experience of care, nursing home contracts, screening and/or treatment times, volumes and more. Updated 2013

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Utah Pneumonia Hospitalizations, Quality and Charges by Hospital  Editor's Pick

Compare survival rates (deaths) for pneumonia (all adults, not only Medicare) and average 2008 pneumonia charges (a proxy for prices or average cost) by hospital name. Fifteen UT hospitals (including VA Medical) had superior performance. Charges are grouped by severity level of illness. The Web Page format is extremely user-friendly. Quality ratings use 3 years of data 2006-2008. Updated Dec. 2009

Utah Stroke Deaths, Hospital Survival Rates and Costs

Hospital-specific survival rates for stroke compared to expected deaths. Eight UT hospitals (incl. VA Medical) had statistically fewer deaths than expected for adults ages 18 and over, 2006-2008 data. Average death rate statewide declined to 9.2% for the three years. Typical prices at individual hospitals shown. Average 2008 hospital charges were about $14,000 for two-thirds of patients, $22,146 for the remaining more severely ill group, up 12%. Web page also shows Heart Care reports. Published by Utah Dept. of Health (UDOH) Dec. 2009

VA Hospitals - Quality Review Standards for Surgical Programs & Outcomes (Mortality) 2007 (pdf)

VHA Directive (Feb. 8, 2007) identifies the standards and approach used to review surgery programs at VA hospitals. Standards are based on risk-adjusted mortality and morbidity rates for each type of surgical procedure including cardiac surgery, heart transplants and renal transplants. Certain surgeries have 100 case volume minimums. Indications for site visit, probation, suspension and program closure are listed. Readable 8 pages

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