My friend sent me an interesting public web page created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) called Hospital Compare. They report on hospital quality of care based on how often these hospitals provide certain recommended care for adult patients being treated for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, or adult patients having surgery.
Participating acute care and critical access hospitals voluntarily submit their data on treatment from medical records. Information is not gathered on children’s, rehabilitation, or long-term care facilities.
The information is useful to patients anticipating hospital care and also encourages hospitals to improve their quality of care. Transparency in health care is important and I applaud the effort of the HQA and CMS for making this informative website available to the public.