A new website enables consumers to compare data on patient safety practices used by hospitals in nine states.
Through a new website launched by the Commonwealth Fund, consumers can now access comparative data on patient safety and hospital quality for nine US states. The site—WhyNotTheBest.org—uses new measures developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to provide data on inpatient mortality for conditions such as pneumonia, inpatient myocardial infarction, and stroke.
The site includes information from all payers—Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers—submitted by hospitals based in Arizona, Florida, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, and Washington.
According to an online report, the patient safety indicators reflect quality of care for adults cared for in hospitals and focus on potentially avoidable complications and medical mistakes. The inpatient quality indicators also reflect quality of care for adults inside the hospital setting.
"What makes this data so useful is that it includes all payers and is therefore a much more accurate measure of an organization's performance," said Anne-Marie Audet, MD, vice president for health systems quality and efficiency at The Commonwealth Fund, in a statement. "It will also be posted close to the time care is delivered, allowing the information to be used quickly to take action on areas that need improvement."
The new site includes performance data reported publicly on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Web site, Hospital Compare, for more than 4,500 institutions in the US. Specifically, it includes:
To create a report, users can type the name of a hospital, and choose from a list of benchmarks that includes national and state averages (top 1%, 10%, or 25%), hospital referral region, health system, and facility type. Information is then made available as to how the facility performed in terms overall recommended care, or treatment specific to heart attack, heart failure care, pneumonia, or surgery.
The site also offers several improvement tools, including the following:
For more information, visit WhyNotTheBest.org.
Consumers can now access a great deal of information about hospitals, including how facilities within a certain region compare. Do you think this transparency will lead to improvements in the safety and quality of care being offered?