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Core Measures

Core measures show how consistently hospitals give recommended treatments for certain common conditions. The most commonly used and compared nationally are the core measures established by the Joint Commission based on data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid.

Core measures help identify which aspects of a hospital's care need improving, and they can give you important insights into a hospital's ability to manage specific aspects of a disease.

Heart attack core measure set

For a patient who is in a hospital because of a heart attack, this set of measures looks at whether that patient received the appropriate related drugs, education and testing, and whether these actions occurred within certain time frames. This measure indicates that 100 percent of patients treated for a heart attack at Rush receive these actions within the appropriate time frames.

The higher the score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than the University HealthSystem Consortium median for academic medical centers.

Heart failure core measure set

For a patient who is in a hospital because of heart failure, this set of measures looks at whether that patient received the appropriate related drugs, education and testing, and whether these actions occurred within certain time frames. This measure indicates that 100 percent of patients treated for heart failure at Rush receive these actions within the appropriate time frames.

The higher the score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores higher, and therefore better than the University HealthSystem Consortium median for academic medical centers.

Pneumonia core measure set

For a patient who is in a hospital because of pneumonia, this set of measures looks at whether that patient received the appropriate related drugs, education and testing, and whether these actions occurred within certain time frames. This measure indicates that 96.9 percent of patients treated for pneumonia at Rush receive these actions within the appropriate time frames.

The higher the score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores the same as the University HealthSystem Consortium median for academic medical centers.

Surgical complication prevention core measure set

For a patient who is in a hospital because of a surgery, this set of measures looks at whether actions designed to decrease or prevent complications related to that surgery (for example, giving antibiotics to prevent infections) were completed within the recommended time frames. This measure indicates that actions designed to prevent complications related to surgery occurred within required time frames in 98.8 percent of patients who had surgery at Rush.

The higher the score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores higher and therefore better than the University HealthSystem Consortium median for academic medical centers.