CMS will resume posting hospital mistake data

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

September 10, 2014

Federal regulators are reversing course and will resume publicly releasing data on hospital mistakes, according to a report in USA Today.

According to the paper’s report, CMS last month quietly stopped publicly reporting rates of several types of medical mistakes, after denying in 2013 that it would do so. After the paper reported on that, the agency has since said it will make the data on eight hospital-acquired conditions available on its website.

The data were removed last summer from the CMS hospital comparison site but kept on a public spreadsheet that could be accessed by quality researchers, patient-safety advocates and consumers who could translate it, the paper reported. Before the data was removed, the Hospital Compare website listed how often many hospital-acquired conditions occurred at thousands of acute-care hospitals in the U.S.