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CMS adds patient safety measures to hospital comparison website

Starting in 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plan to add new standards for patient safety measures to its Hospital Compare website in order to enhance the effectiveness of Medicare’s fee-for-service program and monitor healthcare-related diseases and hospital-acquired infections.

The Hospital Compare site aims to improve the quality, efficiency, and transparency of care in the agency’s Medicare fee-for-service program by providing useful information on hospital’s treatment operations that will allow consumers to make knowledgeable decisions about which care providers to use based on the cost and quality of services they offer.

CMS also plans to display composite measures that provide a summary of both process of care measures, which reports how well a hospital provides care, and outcome quality measures, which show the results of the care that is received at the hospital, including the assessments of heart attack, pneumonia, and surgical care.

Read the measures in detail on the Department of Health and Human Services Federal Register.

Source: Government Health IT

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Jackie Zagami About the Author: Jaclyn Beck is the associate director of the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals (AHAP) where she manages AHAP Accreditation Connection, the annual AHAP conference, and contributes to the monthly publication Briefings on The Joint Commission.

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