AHCJ just added 1,319 hospital deficiency records in the searchable data on its HospitalInspections.org website. The latest addition includes inspections into June.
The searchable site includes records of 25,790 different deficiencies among hospitals in the United States. The file came from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That includes records of 854 inspections that don’t yet include detailed narratives.
The website includes the results of government inspections of acute-care hospitals, critical-access (rural) hospitals and psychiatric hospitals resulting from complaints. It does not include reports of deficiencies found at long-term care hospitals, nor does it include the results of routine hospital inspections.
The site offers inspections since Jan. 1, 2011, searchable by keyword, city, state and hospital name. The website is open to anyone. AHCJ members can also download the latest data to perform their own searches and analysis.
HospitalInspections.org was launched in March 2013 following years of advocacy by AHCJ urging the government to release the deficiency reports in an electronic format. Until then, reporters and the public had to file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with CMS to obtain the documents, a process fraught with delays. A December 2013 update added data on psychiatric hospitals.
The site is public but AHCJ members get the added bonus of being able to download the entire dataset and get access to resources and tip sheets about how to best use the data in their reporting.