Daily Message

May 29, 2015: DOH Report: N.J. Hospitals Outpacing the Nation on Several Quality Scores

New Jersey hospitals continue on a sustained trend of improving healthcare quality and patient safety, according to the latest Hospital Performance Report from the N.J. Department of Health.

The 2015 report, based on 2012 data, details hospitals’ performance on process of care measures, patient safety indicators and healthcare-associated infection rates.

Highlights include:

  • On process measures, N.J. hospitals performed better than or equal to the national average on all 17 indicators. The state, as a whole, has achieved nearly 100 percent compliance on nearly all of the recommended care measures. “This means better care for all New Jersey patients,” the report states.
  • On patient safety indicators, N.J. hospitals have dramatically reduced the number of adverse events since DOH began publicly reporting this information in 2009. Garden State hospitals performed better than the national average on seven of 10 measures. Two areas in need of improvement, in which New Jersey’s rates were worse than the national average, are postoperative hemorrhage and postoperative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis.
  • On healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), N.J. hospitals performed better than or similar to the national average on five of the six measures. The state infection ratio has declined in all but one HAI – infections associated with coronary artery bypass graft – although New Jersey’s rate remains on par with the national average. Although the data shows a 9 percent decline in catheter-associated urinary tract infections, the report states that hospitals in New Jersey and nationwide need to develop additional strategies to further reduce these infections.

The report contains both aggregate and hospital-specific data.