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Hospital Quality Data: CMS Needs More Rigorous Methods to Ensure Reliability of Publicly Released Data
Cynthia A. Bascetta (au)
Hospitals will lose 0.4% of their Medicare payment update if they do not submit clinical data for both Medicare & non-Medicare patients needed to calculate hospital performance on 10 quality measures. CMS instituted the Annual Payment Update (APU) program to collect these data in order to report their rates on its Hospital Compare Web site. For hospital quality data to be useful to patients & other users, they need to be accurate & complete. This report: describes the processes CMS uses to ensure the accuracy & completeness (A&C) of data submitted for the APU program; analyzes the results of CMSís audit of the accuracy of data from the programís first 6 mos.; & describes processes used by 7 other org. that assess the A&C of clinical performance data.
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