According to the AHRQ, hospital mortality rates have significantly declined for CHF, AMI, pneumonia, and stroke, dropping 60%, 47%, 55%, and 35% respectively from 1994 to 2007. These are likely a result of improvements in process measures as mandated by regulatory agencies, so is very encouraging to witness the fruits of our collective labor (AHRQ report)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.