More than 100 Wisconsin hospitals will participate in a quality initiative to gather and make public data on the hospitals' performance in meeting five safety goals and providing 10 recommended clinical interventions. The Wisconsin initiative, known as CheckPoint, is similar to but independent of a broader industry initiative that has CMS backing. Like the broader program, CheckPoint is targeting interventions involved in treating heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. The data will be shared among the hospitals and made available to the public on a Web site expected to launch in 2004, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. The initiative is being guided by the Wisconsin Quality Steering Committee, which involves hospitals, doctors, health plans, research groups and businesses. -- by Patrick Reilly
Wis. hospitals plan quality improvement project
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