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CMS expands Hospital Compare data

Accreditation Connection, August 12, 2011

Federal health officials have announced that they have expanded the HospitalCompare website, making more information available on 30-day mortality rates for three conditions, and showcasing a new "one-stop shopping" format to find data on various types of healthcare services, from physicians to dialysis centers, Healthleaders Media reports.

Hospital Compare provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to patients.

Officials also announced expansion of the Quality Improvement Organization program, which provides technical assistance and resources to providers who are having trouble meeting quality standards.

The first part of the expansion involves an additional year of data on 30-day mortality rates for heart attack, pneumonia and heart failure for each of 4,700 hospitals in the U.S. where those care services are performed. New data showing small changes were also released for 30-day readmission rates for these same diagnoses. Readmission rates were .1% lower for heart attack in the 2007-2010 period (from 19.8%) compared with 2006-2009 (19.9%) but were higher for pneumonia (from 18.2% to 18.4%) and heart failure (from 24.5% to 24.8%).

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