These reports of quality measures show how well Minnesota hospitals perform in helping patients achieve good results from complex surgeries and procedures. This information can help you compare which hospitals have better results for their patients. Care Results measures are also called “outcomes of care” measures.
The Care Results reports of quality measures include:
Patients who stay in a hospital for treatment of one medical problem sometimes have other injuries or complications, and may even die. These events can often be prevented if hospitals follow best practices for treating patients. Research shows that hospitals with more experience in complicated procedures tend to have better results, but not always. A higher death rate might not be from medical mistakes. Some hospitals may care for sicker patients, for example.
These complications can often be prevented if hospitals follow procedures based on best practices and scientific evidence.
The rates of complications and death (mortality) rates are risk-adjusted. Risk-adjusted means that the calculations take into account how sick patients were when they went to stay in the hospital. Risk-adjusted rates help you make fair and meaningful comparisons. You can see if the rates for death or serious complications for a hospital is lower (better) than the state rate, no different than the state rate, or higher (worse) than the national rate. For some hospitals, the number is too small to measure how well a hospital performs, so no comparison to the state rate is made.
The Care Results reports are based on information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) collects the data for our region, and then MN Community Measurement shares that data on the MN HealthScores website for the public to use. Our reports are meant to help you find high-quality care. If you have questions about your care at a hospital, we encourage you to talk with your health care provider to learn more.