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Quality

U.S. HospitalCompare quality web site to expand

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 www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/.

 

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