CMS publishes hospital-acquired infections data despite AHA objections

Despite objections from hospitals, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the first round of data on hospital-acquired medical conditions and is expected to post the information on the HospitalCompare website for Medicare beneficiaries on April 21. CMS postponed publication of the data, originally set for September 2010, after hospitals expressed concern over the accuracy of the information. The American Hospital Association strongly opposed the release of the data.

CMS will soon clarify some of the details surrounding the data on hospital-acquired conditions. Meanwhile, it appears that publication of this data on HospitalCompare will provide much more safety-related data on hospitals than is now publicly available. Twenty-seven states require institutions to report hospital-acquired infection rates publicly. -- Read the full article on FierceHealthIT

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