Activity: Hospital Comparison

2-2 Activity: Hospital Comparison
Overview: In this activity, you will analyze performance data gathered through the official U.S. government website for Medicare: Medicare.gov Hospital
Compare.
Prompt: You have been provided with a navigational guide (found in the assignment prompt in your learning environment) that you will use to navigate through
the website to gather the data needed for comparison of two hospitals. You will compare the two hospitals to each other, as well as comparing the hospitals to a
national benchmark.
You will look at the data for several key indicators including surgical complications, as well as readmission and death statistics regarding heart attacks and
pneumonia. You will also analyze the hospital-wide readmission statistics.
As you work through the navigational guide, make notes to help you complete not only this assignment, but your final project as well. Remember that your key
indicator in your final project is readmission trends. In the next module, you will complete Milestone Two, in which you will identify benchmarks and consider
thresholds for your final project.
Once you have worked through the navigational guide, submit a paper that addresses the following critical elements:
• How did the two hospitals compare to the national benchmark in each of the key indicator categories? Overall?
• Was there any area where the performance data indicates an improvement opportunity for either hospital? Of all the areas, which one would you
watch most closely if you were in charge of performance improvement?
• Choose one of the key indicators (e.g., pneumonia readmission data) and speculate about external factors that may influence the data of either of your
hospitals.
• What additional data would you need to gather and analyze for that key indicator before suggesting improvement activities and recommendations?
Guidelines for Submission: Your paper should be submitted as a 1-page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and
one-inch margins.
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