VA Bares Its Mortality Rate

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in November started posting online comparisons of the nation’s 152 VA hospitals based on patient outcomes. Information includes:

  • Surgical death rate, over the past 12 months
  • Acute-care death rate
  • Intensive-care unit death rate
  • Ventilator-acquired pneumonia rate
  • Rate of intravenous-line infections
  • Hospital readmission rate

Full article on changes in VA care.

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  1. Devon Herrick says:

    I wish all hospitals would disclose these metrics. I also wish payers would reward high quality and penalize low quality. Currently, there is no real incentive to perform above average.

  2. Tom H. says:

    Interesting. Now let’s get all the other hospitals to do this.

  3. Jeff says:

    It seems to me that hospitals that get money from Medicare (and Medicaid) should be required to post this information.

  4. Virginia says:

    This is a very small step in the right direction.

  5. Linda Gorman says:

    From the do not believe everything is properly measured department, here are some ways to improve on these metrics that have nothing to with higher quality health care:

    1. Refuse to do surgery on medically fragile patients or those with potential complications that result in higher mortality.

    2. Discharge acute care patients close to death to skilled nursing or hospice.

    3. Administratively move people out of the ICU just before they die.

    4. Stop diagnosing ventilator-associated pneumonia–existing clinical signs and symptoms do not identify all the patients with VAP and other problems can produce similar symptoms.

  6. Alexis says:

    I, as well, would very much like to see these metrics for all hospitals. This should’ve been a key part of any health care bill.