Colorado Hospital Report Card
The Colorado Hospital Report Card is an interactive website that allows consumers to conduct online searches to 1) compare select health care measures from all acute care hospitals throughout Colorado, and 2) review Nursing Sensitive Quality Measures for acute care hospitals in Colorado with more than 100 beds.
The Colorado Hospital Report Card is an interactive website that allows health care consumers in Colorado to compare how participating hospitals perform based on a set of quality measures, called Select Health Care Measures, which include details of procedures and patient outcomes. The Hospital Report Card also provides consumers the ability to review an additional set of quality measures called the Nursing Sensitive Quality Measures, which provide select quality information on Colorado hospitals with more than 100 beds.
Comparable Select Health Care Measure Reports (as mandated by House Bill 06-1278):
- Procedure/Surgery: some common surgeries and other procedures are listed with information about the number of procedures performed in a year, infection rate and mortality (death) rate for the procedure.
- Medical Conditions: some common medical conditions with the mortality rate for each condition.
- Mortality Comparisons: additional details about mortality rates by various procedures and medical conditions.
- Low Volume Hospitals: overall mortality rates for those hospitals with low patient volumes.
- Patient Safety: four measures of overall hospital safety are included: pressure sores, blood clots after surgery, sepsis (overwhelming infection) and patient falls.
- Infections: central line infection rates for each hospital that has an intensive care unit are included. A central line infection is an infection related to a tube that is placed in a vein and goes to the heart to deliver fluids and medication.
- Pediatrics: hospitals that provide pediatric (care related to children) services are listed along with numbers of patients seen for common childhood illnesses.
- Obstetrics: outcome data about hospitals that provide obstetric (care related to childbirth) services.
Quality and Nursing Sensitive Quality Measures Report by Hospital: this report provides all of the select health care measures for any hospital, as well as information about the hospital’s Nursing Sensitive Quality Measures defined below (as mandated by Senate Bill 08-196).
- Skill Mix: nursing skill mix shows the proportion of different staff (RNs, LVNs/LPNs and nursing assistants/aids) providing direct patient care.
- Nursing Care Hours per Patient Days (HPPD): measures the supply of nursing staff relative to the patient workload.
- Voluntary Turnover: indicates the rate of RNs, LVNs/LPNs, APRNs and Nursing Assistants/Aids that voluntarily resign from their jobs.
- Patient Falls (Fall Rate): is the number of patient falls divided by the total number of patient days.
- Patient Falls with Injury: fall of a patient resulting in an injury. The injury can range from very minor such as a scrape or cut, to major such as a head injury or a broken bone.
- Nursing Education: shows the highest level of education achieved for nurses who spend 50% or more of their time providing direct patient care.
- Nursing Certification: in addition to formal education, nurses can become certified in a specialty of nursing such as critical care or obstetrics.
- Practice Environment Scale: is meant to capture a nurse’s perception of their nursing practice environment. The nursing practice environment is defined as the organizational characteristics of a work setting that facilitate or constrain professional nursing practice.
NOTE: These quality measures are often referred to as “indicators” or “quality metrics”