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Quality Initiatives Resources

Quality Initiatives Resources

Government agencies and special interest groups provide quality data on healthcare services. There are no standard methodologies used in these rankings, nor are they all measuring the same quality indicators.

Some of these organizations are listed below:

The Joint Commission

Evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and sets standards that serve to continuously improve the safety and quality of care and performance improvement in health care organizations.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

The information on this website has been provided primarily by hospitals that have agreed to submit quality information on care provided to adult patients with certain medical conditions for Hospital Compare to make public. CMS is a federal government agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Hospital Compare  

Information on how well hospitals provide care for specific medical conditions.

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4)

An independent state agency that issues free public reports about the quality of healthcare in Pennsylvania. These reports offer comparative information on treatment outcomes and financial data for healthcare providers operating within the state.   


The Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance is a coalition of Pennsylvania health care providers and insurers, who compile data from various other ratings agencies.

The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a collaborative effort of more than 145 public and private organizations that provide healthcare benefits. Leapfrog identifies areas of opportunity and creates solutions to improve hospital care. 


Each year, Solucient surveys hospital management and publishes its list of top 100 hospitals in Modern Healthcare. Most of the factors involved with this ranking are business related, including profitability, productivity, and expenses.  Three clinical measures, length of stay, mortality and complications, also are reported.

Health Grades, Inc. provides rankings based on Medicare admissions data and outcomes for specific procedures in specialty areas, including Cardiac, Neurosciences, Neurosurgery, Pulmonary/Respiratory, Obstetrics and Vascular Surgery. 

Schwartz Center Rounds

Schwartz Center Rounds, now taking place at more than 230 healthcare facilities in 33 states, offer healthcare providers a regularly scheduled time during their fast-paced work lives to openly and honestly discuss social and emotional issues that arise in caring for patients. In contrast to traditional medical rounds, the focus is on the human dimension of medicine. Caregivers have an opportunity to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings on thought-provoking topics drawn from actual patient cases.