Recently CMS announced that they were expanding the capabilities of their hospital rating site.
Just demo’d the site and it works pretty well. Easy to navigate, a number of various search options to choose from, and an ability to look at raw numbers (using percentage metrics) and even chart them to compare up to three hospitals a once – nothing new on that front. Beyond the quality type metrics that HHS has been measuring and reporting on for some time such as providing a heart attack patient aspirin upon admittance, HHS is now including soft measures like bedside manners of caregivers, cleanliness, noise, etc. This adds but another site to the list of those that are measuring soft metrics related to patient care.
Now, if we could only get CMS to report on some of the more touchy subjects like infection rates.
BTW: If you are interested in learning how hospitals and IDNs track their quality internally you might want to take a look at a free webinar being put on next month…
Quality Reporting in Primary Care: a Case Study at Partners HealthCare
April 16, 3:00 PM EST (12:00 PST)
Presented by: Jonathan Einbinder, MD, MPH
Corporate Manager for Quality Data Management
Understanding and improving clinical practice requires timely access to integrated views of data. Partners HealthCare is using quality reporting tools, integrated with EHR data, to modify clinical workflows and achieve better quality metrics. Jonathan Einbinder, MD, MPH – Corporate Manager for Quality Data Management at Partners will describe how Report Central, the solution developed at Partners and now being offered commercially by Recombinant Data Corp., is being used to support pay for performance, quality measurement, and clinical operations.
Topics to be addressed include:
* Using clinical data to boost quality metrics.
* Understanding performance in managing populations and improving chronic disease management
* The importance of an aggregated data warehouse for quality reporting
You can get to it from our web site at http://www.recomdata.com or directly through the Go To Webinar registration site at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/597656867
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