Surprising findings: Big discrepancies between States, Metro Areas and no clear connection found between quality and patient satisfaction.
GREENVILLE, South Carolina--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CareChex, a division of The Delta Group specializing in rating the quality of hospital and physician care, today released two new studies that reveal broad disparities between quality of U.S. healthcare by state and metro area and surprising regional differences in patient satisfaction with the care they are getting.
The studies are paired with a third piece of analysis that highlights a startling trend: that technical quality of care in the U.S. is a poor proxy for patient satisfaction with their hospital stay. In fact, some of the states with the most dissatisfied patients are the most highly ranked for quality of care.
The first study, "2010 CareChex Quality of Care by U.S. Geographic Area," provides insight into the relative quality of care and the broad disparities in care delivered across different states and major metropolitan areas. The data also helps explain the growing trend toward U.S. “medical tourism,” where patients travel outside their local market to receive higher quality care at a better price.
The second study, "2010 CareChex Patient Satisfaction by U.S. Geographic Area," identifies the relative patient satisfaction with hospital care among states and major metropolitan areas and gives a “macro” view of which locations offer the best customer-centric care. With the rise of "consumerism" in healthcare, the hospital industry has realized that cost and quality alone are insufficient competitive differentiators in the minds of customers - service excellence also plays a vital role in determining value. The absence of "customer-oriented" care can often lead to patient dissatisfaction despite excellence in clinical quality.
“This finding underscores the need for hospitals to engage in regular patient satisfaction surveys rather than assume patients are satisfied with their medical care simply because a hospital meets a particular standard of clinical quality,” says Andrew Webber, President & CEO, National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), a national membership organization of purchaser-led health care coalitions representing over 7,000 employers and approximately 25 million employees and their dependents. “From the perspective of employers and purchaser-based coalitions, employee satisfaction with the care they receive is an important part of the hospital’s overall value equation – there’s simply no reason why we shouldn’t expect quality care to be provided along with a positive patient experience.”
OVERALL QUALITY OF CARE
|TOP TEN FOR OVERALL QUALITY OF CARE/Score||BOTTOM TEN FOR OVERALL QUALITY OF CARE/Score|
|#1 Ohio (98.0)||#1 District of Columbia (0.1)|
|#2 Michigan (96.1)||#2 Nevada (2.0)|
|#3 Delaware (94.1)||#3 Hawaii (3.9)|
|#4 Massachusetts (92.2)||#4 New Mexico (5.9)|
|#5 Connecticut (90.2)||#5 New York (7.8)|
|#6 Indiana (88.2)||#6 Alaska (9.8)|
|#7 Wisconsin (86.3)||#7 Wyoming (11.8)|
|#8 Florida (84.3)||#8 Mississippi (13.7)|
|#9 North Dakota (82.4)||#9 California (15.7)|
|#10 Iowa (80.4)||#10 West Virginia (17.7)|
|TOP TEN FOR PATIENT SATISFACTION/Score||BOTTOM TEN FOR PATIENT SATISFACTION/Score|
|#1 Vermont (98.0)||#1 District of Columbia (0.1)|
|#2 Maine (96.1)||#2 Nevada (2.0)|
|#3 New Hampshire (94.1)||#3 Florida (3.9)|
|#4 Alabama (92.2)||#4 California (5.9)|
|#5 Louisiana (90.2)||#5 Hawaii (7.8)|
|#6 Wisconsin (88.2)||#6 New Jersey (9.8)|
|#7 South Dakota (86.3)||#7 New York (11.8)|
|#8 North Carolina (84.3)||#8 Maryland (13.7)|
|#9 Nebraska (82.4)||#9 Arizona (15.7)|
|#10 Iowa (80.4)||#10 New Mexico (17.7)|
|BROADEST DISPARITY BETWEEN QUALITY OF CARE AND PATIENT SATISFACTION|
|Ohio||#1 (98.0)||#34 (33.3)|
|Delaware||#3 (94.1)||#41 (19.6)|
|Connecticut||#5 (90.2)||#37 (27.5)|
|Florida||#8 (84.3)||#49 (3.9)|
|Illinois||#11 (78.4)||#39 (23.5)|
|Arizona||#15 (70.6)||#43 (15.7)|
|Vermont||#30 (41.2)||#1 (98.0)|
|Louisiana||#36 (29.4)||#5 (90.2)|
|Mississippi||#44 (13.7)||#14 (72.6)|
|Wyoming||#45 (11.8)||#15 (70.6)|
Other key survey findings:
Full quality rankings and percentile scores by state and metropolitan areas for overall hospital care and for patient satisfaction are available here: http://www.carechex.com/media/studies.aspx Also available are quality rankings and percentile scores for the 50 largest metro areas by select clinical categories (e.g., cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedic care, etc.).
Maps available for reprinting showing state by state comparisons on quality of care, patient satisfaction with hospital care and disparities between quality and satisfaction are available at: http://www.carechex.com/media/maps.aspx
About The Delta Group and CareChex
As the nation’s largest privately‐held healthcare information services company, The Delta Group provides an extensive array of products and services designed to measure, manage, and monitor the clinical, financial, and market performance of healthcare organizations.
CareChex, a division of The Delta Group, specializes in rating and ranking the quality of hospital and physician care using both public and proprietary measures of performance including process of care, outcomes of care, and patient satisfaction. http://www.carechex.com/
Study Design, Data Sources and Methods
In September 2010, CareChex released three (3) significant research studies relating to the quality of U.S. healthcare and patient satisfaction findings by state and major metropolitan area.
These and all research projects conducted by CareChex were designed as longitudinal studies spanning the most recent three (3) years of federal fiscal year data using all Medicare inpatient discharges from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS) Medicare Provider Assessment and Review (MedPAR) file as well as the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Hospital Compare database. All CareChex studies utilized both public and proprietary methods validated by third‐party organizations for evaluating hospital quality performance.
These methods include process of care measures developed by The Joint Commission (TJC) for national accreditation of healthcare organizations, inpatient quality and patient safety measures developed by Stanford University under sub‐contract with the federal government’s Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), patient satisfaction measures developed by CMS using a standardized national hospital survey, and proprietary outcome measures developed by The Delta Group for evaluating rates of hospital inpatient mortality, post‐surgical complications, and global patient safety events. For more information regarding the construction and validation of the aforementioned methods, please access the following web links:
• Process of Care Measures: http://www.jointcommission.org/PerformanceMeasurement/PerformanceMeasurement/default.htm
• Inpatient Quality Measures: http://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/downloads/iqi/iqi_guide_v31.pdf
• Patient Safety Measures: http://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/downloads/psi/psi_guide_v31.pdf
• Patient Satisfaction Measures: http://www.cms.gov/HospitalQualityInits/30_HospitalHCAHPS.asp
• Proprietary Outcome Measures: http://www.thedeltagroup.com/assets/PDF/Publications/Risk-Models.pdf
Additionally, specific statistical methods used in each of the three (3) independent studies include statistical significance testing, distribution standardization, and correlation analysis.
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