AHCJ members: Opportunity to learn about just-released outpatient outcome data
07/07/10 Conference call
In a conference call with AHCJ members, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced new data that will allow you to track the outpatient outcomes at your hospitals. The data release comes is the latest addition to the agency's Hospital Compare database. The data will help you determine:
- 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
- Rates of outpatient re-tests after a screening mammogram
- 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 experts Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator, and Dr. Barry Straube, chief medical officer, discussed the data.
Download a recording of the conference call.
News stories about the data
- Survey compares inpatient, outpatient care at Kansas City-area hospitals, Kansas City Business Journal, Aly Van Dyke
- CMS Releases Data on Hospital Outpatient Care, MedPage Today, John Gever
- Connecticut Hospitals Beat National Average On Quality, Hartford Courant, Arielle Levin Becker
- Website beefed up to help compare care at hospitals, The Palm Beach Post, Stacey Singer
- Some area hospitals faulted for CT scans, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Blythe Bernhard
- S.A. hospitals do well, but no straight A's, San Antonio Express News, Don Finley
- Website expands its comparison of hospitals, Tammie Smith, Richmond Times Dispatch
- Follow-up mammogram data open to interpretation, Jason Roberson, The Dallas Morning News
- Feds: Hospitals may give too many imaging tests, Bob LaMendola, South Florida Sun Sentinel
- Mammogram data show trouble, Dave Gulliver, Health News Florida
- Does Minnesota need all those back MRIs?, Christopher Snowbeck, St. Paul Pioneer Press