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California's hospital quality-data reporting success

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, May 1, 2009

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With the increased focus on quality of care, it comes as little surprise that California, one of the most forward-thinking states in terms of healthcare, created its own quality measurement public reporting program. In 2007, the California Hospital Assessment and Re¬porting Taskforce (CHART)?a group of stakeholders led by the nonprofit California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF)?launched CalHospitalCompare.org, an online report card, which tracks 71 hospital performance mea¬sures (and counting). Two years into the program, more than 85% of the state?s hospitalizations occur in acute care hospitals that voluntarily report data, and the results have been encouraging so far.

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