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CLEVELAND HEALTH QUALITY CHOICE PROGRAM PREVIEWS CHANGES IN SECOND HOSPITAL QUALITY REPORT

 CLEVELAND, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Quality Information Management Corporation (QIMC), which oversees the Cleveland Health Quality Choice (CHQC) Program, has announced several changes in the contents and format for its second report on the quality of area hospitals' services.
 The QIMC released its first report, called the "Cleveland-Area Hospitals Quality Outcome Measurements and Patient Satisfaction Report," on April 28 of this year and expects to release the second report around Dec. 15, according to Dr. Dwain Harper, executive director of the CHQC Program.
 The second report will again include charts displaying the performances of participating hospitals against predicted outcomes from five diagnoses in general medicine, eight procedures in general surgery, intensive care service and survey results for medical/surgical patient satisfaction.
 New features to be included in the second report are:
 -- General medicine outcomes will include the new diagnoses of gastrointestinal hemorrhage;
 -- Obstetrical care information will be added to the patient satisfaction report;
 -- Comparisons of the first and second outcome data of hospitals.
 The hospitals' performances will either be in the predicted range or they will be higher or lower than predicted, based on length-of-stay and motality data in the clinical areas and based on a statistical comparison to the Cleveland area aggregate data for patient satisfaction. The QIMC has established that minimum model performance standards and volume thresholds must be met before data will be released for specific diseases or diagnoses.
 "We consider the CHQC report to be a 'work in progress,' so we will continue to refine procedures, enhance our statistical models and increase the breadth of its contents with each time it is released," Harper stated.
 Harper explained that the general medical and surgical length-of- stay and general medical mortality rate information that will be contained in the second report was collected before hospitals had the opportunity to review and respond to the general medical and surgical information contained in the April 28 report and to take action to implement improvements based on that information. Harper stressed that this fact should be taken into consideration when comparing the hospitals' performances in these areas between the first and second reports. The spring 1994 report will represent the first opportunity to trend the general medical and surgical information.
 Also, the second report will not include patients transferred from one hospital to another in the comparative data for general medicine and general surgery. The methodology will be reevaluated to determine if transfer patients will be included in future reports.
 According to Harper, the deletion of transfer patients, which only represent about 1.75 of all patients included in the study results, will not have a significant effect on individual hospital quality measurements.
 Two reports will be released each year. A detailed report will be issued to subscribers of the CHQC Program, while a summary report will be available to the general public. To obtain the summary report, send a check payable to QIMC for $5 per booklet, along with a complete mailing address, to: Summary Report, QIMC, 1127 Euclid Ave., Suite 741, Cleveland, OH 44115. Quantity discounts are available. Call the QIMC office for more information at 216-696-7999.
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 /CONTACT: R.J. "Buz" Buzogany of Wyse Landau Public Relations, 216-736-4422, for Quality Information Management Corporation/


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