Hospital Compare Web site posts new quality data

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

July 15, 2009

The Hospital Quality Alliance announced last week the addition of new data available on the CMS Hospital Compare Web site. The general public, as well as the medical field can now log on and compare hospital readmission rates for Medicare patients suffering from a heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia. The data show readmissions within 30 days of discharge from any facility, even if patients do not return to the hospital from which they originally received care. This data, collected from Medicare billing records from July 2005 through June 2008, will provide consumers the ability to make a more educated decision about where they want to seek care.

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