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The federal government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects information on how well University of Missouri Health Care and other hospitals throughout the country perform on important measures of health care quality. The information they collect includes data on how heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia are treated, along with the treatment of surgical patients.

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a respiratory disease caused when germs -- either bacteria or viruses -- create an infection in a patient's lungs, allowing them to fill with mucus. That makes breathing harder and can starve a patient's body of needed oxygen. To treat this serious lung infection, we follow treatment plans that have been shown by medical research to save and improve lives.

Pneumonia Treatment Data
October 2011 - September 2012

Performance Measures

MU Health Care average

 Missouri average

U.S. average 

Patients whose initial emergency room blood culture was performed prior to administration of first hospital dose of antibiotics 96% 98% 97%
Patients given the most appropriate initial antibiotics 92% 94% 95%

In addition to collecting data on how well hospitals follow proven best treatments for treating pneumonia (which medical professional call "process measures" because they measure how well a hospital follows a proven "process," or treatment), CMS also measures the outcomes of the treatments.

To measure patients' outcomes, or the results of their treatment, CMS tracks 30-day mortality  rates and 30-day readmission rates. Please review the table below to see how we compare with our peers for each measurement of treatment outcomes. Click on individual measures for more details on our performance and what the measurement means.

Pneumonia Outcomes Data
2009 - 2012

Performance Measures

MU Health Care 

30-day mortality rate Worse than U.S. national rate
30-day re-admission rate Data currently is unavailable from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Why is the data on this website from several months ago?

The federal government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects information on how well University of Missouri Health Care and other hospitals throughout the country perform on important measures of health care quality. The information they collect includes data on how heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia are treated, along with the treatment of surgical patients.

The government releases the information on its Hospital Compare website (http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/); however, it takes some time for CMS to gather and study the information, so the information is several months old. For example, in May 2011, the most recent publicly available information was for the yearlong period between October 2009 to September 2010.

Tips for health care professionals

To view pneumonia treatment tips for health care professionals, please click here.

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