South Dakota Hospital Quality
South Dakota hospitals are committed to sharing information about the quality of the health care services that they deliver in their communities. Patients should use this data to ask their doctors or other health provider’s questions about their care and to better educate themselves about various measures of hospital quality.
It’s important to note that this information will change overtime as hospitals learn from the data and make improvements. This website is part of a larger effort, the Hospital Quality Initiative, in which hospitals have come together in a non-competitive setting to help one another to provide better care both within their own institutions and across the entire community.
What is Quality?
Quality of hospital care can mean different things. It could mean that there is a successful outcome (for example: a patient survived a heart attack or is cured of pneumonia) or it may mean that patients were satisfied with their hospital stay and thought they were treated well. Process measures are another way to measure quality of care. A process measure determines if a patient was given a needed medicine, treatment or test at the right time. Through research, national guidelines have been established for the recommended care of patients with various medical conditions by The Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the National Quality Forum (NQF). Three common medical conditions that have been broadly studied are heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia. It is very common for hospitalized patients to receive treatment for one of these reasons. Getting the recommended care means you are more likely to have better outcomes. The percentage of cases in which the participating hospitals follow these guidelines is reported on this website.
Hospital Quality Performance Measures
To view hospital performance measures for all reporting South Dakota hospitals, click on the button below. The measures currently available through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services include heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention, children's asthma care, medical imaging, patient satisfaction, and patient safety measures (including serious complications and deaths, deaths for certain conditions, other complications and deaths, and hospital acquired conditions). To view and compare information about services and charges at South Dakota hospitals, go to our PricePoint website.