Hospitals can preview HAC data beginning Monday
AHA News Now
Aug 22, 2013
Beginning Monday, hospitals can confidentially preview hospital-level results for eight hospital-acquired condition measures that will be posted at data.cms.gov in late September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. The hospital-specific reports, which will be available at www.qualitynet.org are based on CMS fee-for-service claims from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012. Hospitals without qualifying data during the period, or that were not open as of May 10, 2013, may access “mock” hospital-specific reports at QualityNet. For help accessing hospital-specific reports, contact the QualityNet help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org. These measures are not those that CMS recently adopted for the HAC payment penalty program. Additionally, because the measures are not part of the inpatient quality reporting program, they will not be posted on the Hospital Compare website. However, hospitals are encouraged to review their results since the HAC measure data may be used in publicly available report cards assessing hospital performance, such as the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score.