This column is designed to provide a nursing perspective on hospital quality measurements. Future articles will cover the various quality indicators hospitals face and the role of the nurse in meeting mandated benchmarks. Reader responses to this column are welcome and will help to make it more useful to nurses in meeting the challenges posed by health care reform and changing Medicare reimbursement programs.
Jo Ann Brooks is system vice president in the quality department at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis. Contact author: firstname.lastname@example.org. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.