Little change seen in some readmission quality data
The CMS released data on hospital readmissions for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia that found little change in performance. And 10 patient satisfaction measures show “modest but meaningful” improvement, though not for all measures, the CMS said. The CMS also unveiled a website that CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick said would allow “one-stop shopping” for consumers looking for information on quality or the type of services provided by hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, home care or dialysis providers. The CMS’ Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, which will lower reimbursement to hospitals with excess readmissions for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, will be based on next year’s readmission rates, Donald McLeod, a spokesman for the agency said, in an e-mail. The CMS also released its latest work plan for quality improvement organization programs that offer hospitals and other providers resources and assistance.