AHCJ members hear about latest health care data

Dozens of AHCJ members participated in a conference call today announcing data designed to track outpatient outcomes in hospitals. The data are part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare database.

The database gives statistics, by hospital, on:

  • How efficiently facilities use imaging equipment and keep patients safe from exposure to potentially harmful, unnecessary radiation.
  • Rates of outpatient MRIs for lower back pain before other treatment – a potential indicator of wasteful spending.
  • Rates of outpatient re-tests after a screening mammogram, another indicator of overspending.
  • How frequently outpatient departments gave patients “double” computed tomography (CT) scans when a single scan may be all that is needed.
  • How well outpatients are treated for suspected heart attacks.
  • How well outpatient surgical patients are protected from infection.

CMS also announced updated data showing hospitals’ rates of death and readmission for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients.

AHCJ made an audio recording of the conference call. Follow this link to listen. A link to the CMS press release is on the agency’s website.

The slideshow below shows you how to access the new data:

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