Thursday, July 8, 2010

TO HELP AMERICANS UNDERSTAND THE STATE OF QUALITY AT AMERICA’S HOSPITALS

HHS NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2010
Contact: CMS Office of Media Affairs (202) 690-6145



IMPORTANT NEW DATA ADDED TO HEALTHCARE.GOV

TO HELP AMERICANS UNDERSTAND THE STATE OF QUALITY AT AMERICA’S HOSPITALS

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare Tool
Compares Outpatient Care and Inpatient Mortality and
Readmissions at More Than 4,700 Hospitals Across the Nation


Important new information about the quality of care available in America’s outpatient and emergency departments, including how well hospitals care for patients with heart attacks and protect outpatients from surgical infections was added to the new HHS website HealthCare.gov. The information can be found as part of the Compare Care Quality link on the front page of the new site, http://www.healthcare.gov/. It can also be found on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Compare website, http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/.

The updated information on HealthCare.gov’s Hospital Compare includes data on the rates of outpatient MRIs for low back pain, outpatient re-tests after a screening mammogram, as well as two ratios that explain how frequently outpatient departments gave patients “double” computed tomography (CT) scans when a single scan may be all that is needed. Hospital Compare also includes new measures that show whether outpatients who are treated for suspected heart attacks receive proven therapies that reduce mortality such as an aspirin at arrival, and how well outpatient surgical patients are protected from infection. Previously, Hospital Compare had provided data only about the quality of care provided to hospital inpatients.

To read the HHS Press Release issued today (7/7) click here: http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press_releases.asp or http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/2010.html


Also CMS Issued a Fact Sheet (7/7) with additional details at: http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/fact_sheets.asp

The information can be found as part of the Compare Care Quality link on the front page of the new site, http://www.healthcare.gov/compare/index.html. It can also be found on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Compare website, www.hospitalcompare.gov.



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