California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force (CHART)
The California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Taskforce (CHART) was established in 2004 to develop a statewide hospital performance reporting system using a multi-stakeholder collaborative process. The on-line CHART public report card was launched in March 2007 at www.CalHospitalCompare.org, which in 2009 was deemed the best hospital public reporting program in the country by the Center for Studying Health System Change. The site is maintained by the California HealthCare Foundation.
Key project decisions are made by the CHART Board of Directors consisting of representatives of consumers, purchasers, health plans, hospitals, physicians, nurses, and regulators. CHART activities have included:
• Selecting key aspects of hospital performance to measure and report;
• Achieving consensus about a uniform, scientifically valid approach to measuring these aspects;
• Collecting and aggregating the data;
• Confirming the validity of the measurements made;
• Providing hospitals and clinicians with valid measures and benchmarking data on which to base quality improvement efforts; and
• Reporting the performance of individual California hospitals to consumers, purchasers, and health plans.
The UCSF team includes R. Adams Dudley, Mitzi Dean, Henry Lee, Beth Thew, Edie Wade, and Shoujun Zhao.
Funding: The project has received in-kind and financial support from over 200 California hospitals, the California Health Care Foundation, and every California health plan with at least 3% market share.
R. Adams Dudley, MD, MBA