Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It can be caused by bacteria, a virus or both. Pneumonia can cause difficulty breathing, coughing, fever and pain. For some people, pneumonia can be fatal.
Research has indicated that when hospitals follow certain steps when caring for and treating pneumonia patients, their outcomes are better. These "process of care" measures include assessing and administering the pneumonia vaccine appropriately, and the timely use of antibiotics.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) collects data on process of care measures related to the care of patients who had pneumonia. These results are reported on the department’s public Web site, Hospital Compare.
View Lahey's performance on the pneumonia process of care measures.