Adhering to recommended, scientifically-based care is important to ensuring patients receive appropriate and timely treatment of their medical conditions. Core measures indicate what percentage of and how often patients receive recommended courses of treatment for specific diseases. Piedmont hospital's submit data from medical records about core measures to be compiled and benchmarked with hospitals at the state and national level. This data is obtained from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients.
Patients who receive the recommended care often experience the best results. However, the core measures do not include clinical outcomes data. These indicators help hospitals improve their treatment processes. And, they can help consumers forecast the quality of care they will receive relative to other hospitals.
Recommended care may not always be the best indication for every patient. Allergies, drug interactions and existing conditions may predispose a patient for a course of treatment different than the norm. In these instances, patient data is not included in the measurement.