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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 hospitals' use of medical imaging technology, as well as their treatment of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia treatment, and other important measures of health care quality.

Medical imaging

Medical imaging is a key part of modern health care. It allows health professionals to screen for diseases, diagnose illnesses and plan treatments. Because every patient is unique, the way medical imaging is used can differ slightly from person to person. However, examining data about how health care professionals use medical imaging technology can help us determine whether they are using it most effectively.

Medical Imaging Data
January 2011 - December 2011

Performance Measures

MU Health Care average

 Missouri average

U.S. average 

Outpatients with lower back pain who had an MRI without trying recommended treatments first 29.3%  39.5% 36.5%
Outpatient CT scans of the chest that were "combination" scans 0.023 0.044 0.044
Outpatient CT scans of the abdomen that were "combination" scans 0.249 0.189 0.149
Outpatients who had a follow-up mammogram or ultrasound within 45 days after a screening mammogram 9.2% 8.3% 8.8%
Outpatients who had cardiac imaging stress tests before low-risk outpatient surgery 7.2% 5.6% 5.5%
Outpatients with brain CT scans who had a sinus CT scan at the same time 3.3% 3.2% 2.8%

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.

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