In this large national analysis of Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with a stroke, those centers with Joint Commission stroke certification had lower risk-adjusted mortality than those not certified (30 day mortality 10.9% vs 12.%). Readmission rates were similar There appears to be a mortality benefit obtained at stroke certified hospitals (abstract)
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.