How does NGMC measure clinical quality?
Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is fully accredited and, as a result, follows patient care guidelines established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS identifies certain medical conditions, called "core measures," and defines suggested ways of treating those core measures.
Tracking how often NGMC performs the suggested treatments for core measures is just one of many ways the organization measures clinical quality for both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. Since most accredited hospitals track these core measures in the same defined ways, core measures provide a quick and easy way for patients to make apples-to-apples comparisons of hospitals' clinical quality.
What are the current core measures?
Please note that outcomes are not included in the core measures, simply whether each patient suffering a core measure received the suggested treatment. Patients who receive the suggested treatment for core measures often experience the best outcomes. The current core measures categrories are listed below. Please click on each measure to view how NGHS performs in comparison to other facilities across the nation.