U.S. HospitalCompare quality web site to
Hospital Compare, a Web site operated by CMS and the
Hospital Quality Alliance, will “expand significantly” between 2007 and
2009 and include more quality measures.
Intensive care, pediatric asthma and surgery categories will be added to
the site. Hospital Compare also will incorporate mortality rates for the
conditions it already tracks, quality measures for other care categories
and data on patients’ experiences at hospitals.
The Hospital Compare Web site tracks 4,200 hospitals’ compliance with
guidelines for preventing surgical infections and treating heart
attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. Hospitals disclose the data to CMS
voluntarily, but they are rewarded a four-tenths of 1% increase in
Medicare reimbursements for participating.
The payment rate increase translates to hundreds of thousands of dollars
annually for some hospital systems. The conditions currently tracked on
the CMS Web site account for fewer than 20% of hospital admissions.
Officials hope to get half of the new measures in place by early 2007
and the others implemented by early 2008, said Nancy Foster, vice
president of quality and patient safety policy at the American Hospital
Association. She added that the National Quality Forum must endorse the
measures before they are
added to the site.
For more information about Hospital Compare, see