Health Care Quality Organizations

Short Overview

Duke University Health System participates in many national and state performance measure programs to help us improve our care and help you make informed choices about your care.

Below you will find descriptions and links to these programs.

Hospital Quality Alliance

The Hospital Quality Alliances is a partnership between the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and organizations that represent hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, other federal agencies, and the public.

The Hospital Quality Alliance tracks 20 different health care quality scores. These scores reflect how well hospitals delivery treatments for heart attack (acute myocardial infarction), heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical infection prevention by using data that are securely gathered from patient medical records.

Visit Hospital Quality Alliance’s Hospital Compare

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission (TJC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

All Duke University Health System entities are accredited by the TJC. The data available from TJC on quality and safety are collected through on-site inspections and from the patients’ medical records.

Visit TJC’s Quality Check


Leapfrog is an program driven by employer groups and other purchasers of health care. Leapfrog reports on four areas of quality and safety: computerized physician order entry, evidence-based hospital referrals, high-risk treatments, and safe practices.

Duke University Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital provide data to Leapfrog. Much of these data are generated through the hospital responses to Leapfrog's survey provided. Some survey questions require secure data collection from patient medical records.

Visit Leapfrog


HealthGrades gathers information on hospitals and physicians to provide quality ratings for common procedures and treatments.