Measuring and understanding outcomes of medical treatments promotes quality improvement. In an effort to measure, track and share results, Cleveland Clinic has created a series of Outcomes books for each of its disease-based institutes. Designed for a physician audience, the Outcomes books contain a summary of many of our surgical and medical treatments, with data on patient volumes, success rates and a review of new technologies and innovations.
The Outcomes books are not a comprehensive analysis of all treatments provided at Cleveland Clinic, and omission of a particular treatment does not necessarily mean we do not offer that treatment. When process measures are unavailable, we may report volume measures. A relationship has been demonstrated between increased volume and improved outcomes for many treatments, particularly those involving surgical techniques. Like any skill, the more often a procedure is performed, the better the results.
In addition to these institute-based books of clinical outcomes, Cleveland Clinic supports transparent public reporting of healthcare quality data and participates in the following public reporting initiatives:
- The Society of Thoracic Surgeons – Cleveland Clinic is among the 2% of U.S. hospitals that achieved an overall three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for both coronary artery bypass graft surgery and aortic valve replacement. The rating is awarded to hospitals across the country that demonstrate the highest quality of cardiac surgery.
- Joint Commission Performance Measurement Initiative – Cleveland Clinic’s performance is above the target range in the categories of Heart Failure Care, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft and Open Heart Surgery.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare – Cleveland Clinic performs better than the national and state average on all core measures related to heart failure.