Lit­tle change seen in some read­mis­sion qual­ity data

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

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.

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