Minnesota Hospital Measures Better than National Average

Minnesota hospitals fared better than the national averages on five quality measures, according to data released Oct. 25 by MN Community Measurement (MNCM).

Three of the measures are based on mortality rates that occur within 30 days following hospitalizations for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. On all three measures, the statewide average was the same or lower than the national average. Statewide rates were 13.5 percent, 12.1 percent and 15.9 percent, respectively. 

The Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester performed significantly better compared to the national average in the measures for heart attack and heart failure. Meanwhile, Mayo and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park performed significantly better compared to the national average in the pneumonia measure.

“These measures are relevant for patients seeking health care and also have value for hospitals as they
strive to improve their quality of care,” said Jim Chase, MNCM president. “Hospitals have been submitting outcome data for years, and it’s important to draw attention to what they are reporting and to put it into context for patients.”

The remaining two measures are composites that combine two or more components of care and wrap them into one comparable result.

In addition, the data showed that the statewide hospital readmission average is .97 or 3 percent below the national average. Four hospitals performed significantly better than the statewide average in readmissions: Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Lakeview Memorial Hospital in Stillwater, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato and HealthEast Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury.

Also, the statewide Emergency Department Transfer Communication (EDTC) average was 62 percent, meaning that 62 percent of patients transferred from hospital emergency departments to another health care facility had the required documentation forwarded within 60 minutes of leaving the hospital. One hospital, Essentia Health in Fosston, scored 100 percent on this measure.

The results are available at MNCM’s public reporting website.