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CMS to suppress certain quality measures in July update to Hospital Compare

July 12, 2013

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services July 9 announced it will not report five readmission measures and one complication measure on Hospital Compare in July as previously planned, citing an issue related to categorization of hospitals as better, worse and no different than the national average. The affected measures are heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, hip and knee replacement, and hospitalwide readmissions; and hip and knee replacement complications.

The agency said the issue does not affect the point estimates used to calculate payment penalties in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program. “We plan to recalculate the hospital categories for these six measures, deliver new hospital specific reports, and conduct a new 30-day preview
period,” the agency said in a notice. “This will allow hospitals to review their updated results.

Please note that not all hospitals may be affected by this issue and their categorization as ‘better than,’ ‘worse than,’ and ‘no different than’ the national average may not change in the updated report. We will inform hospitals
of the new timeline for receiving the revised reports and the new preview period for posting on Hospital Compare in the next few weeks.”