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Comment & Response
June 28, 2016

Measuring and Improving Quality—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research, Kaiser Permanente, Pasadena, California
  • 2Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor, Michigan
JAMA. 2016;315(24):2733-2734. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.4616

In Reply Drs Baker and Chassin correctly point out that the Joint Commission focuses on a number of conditions beyond those we specified in our Viewpoint and that it continues to develop new measurement sets. The focus by the Joint Commission on improving quality has enhanced quality and safety in US hospitals. Not only have 80% of hospitals achieved a composite accountability score of greater than 95%, but more than 400 hospitals achieved top performer status for 3 years in a row.1