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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 3:53 PM
KHA congratulates Norton Healthcare System Associate Vice President Ben Yandell, PhD, CQE for his appointment to the Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for the Hospital Quality Star Ratings on Hospital Compare. The TEP is a group of stakeholders and experts who provide technical input to the measure contractor on the development, selection, and maintenance of measures for which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contractors are responsible. The TEP is one important step in the measure development or reevaluation process that CMS contractors use to ensure transparency and it provides an opportunity to receive multi-stakeholder input early in the process. Dr. Yandell will participate in teleconference meetings between now and September of 2015 convened by Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation/Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (YNHHSC/CORE). YNHHSC/CORE was contracted by CMS to reevaluate and potentially revise the scoring methodology for the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:00 PM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is aiming to improve the salience and usability of comparative quality information for consumers by incorporating a Star Rating system in its Compare websites. Currently, Nursing Home Compare features an overall star rating for each facility and star ratings for other important categories of health care quality. Earlier this year, CMS introduced star ratings to Physician Compare, which uses them to rate a limited number of measures for group practices. In April 2015, CMS plans to introduce star ratings on Hospital Compare for the HCAHPS measures.

There will be a "dry run" of Star Ratings for HCAHPS measures in preparation for the April 2015 public reporting beginning on September 15, 2014 and ending on October 14, 2014. The dry run corresponds with the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program preview period for the December 2014 public reporting of HCAHPS measures.

CMS is using the IQR preview period as an opportunity to dry run star ratings for HCAHPS measures (HCAHPS Star Ratings). Therefore, your preview report will include the standard data you receive for HCAHPS measures and will also include star ratings data for HCAHPS measures. Please note that the HCAHPS Star Ratings included in your preview report will not be publicly reported in December 2014. All other data besides the HCAHPS Star Ratings in your preview report will be publicly reported on Hospital Compare in December.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, January 03, 2014 5:17 PM
Last week, KHA e-mailed the most recent Pay for Performance (P4P) quality reports to hospitals. The Quarterly Update is based on Hospital Compare’s Quarterly (third quarter 2013) Data Release. 

This analysis is designed to provide hospitals with a comparative review over time of the quality data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and published on the Hospital Compare website. All of the sources, time periods and measures analyzed are defined in the the included description document. Hospital performance, U.S. average, and U.S. top 10 performance performance are from the quarterly updates to the CMS Hospital Compare quality database from December 2010 (fourth quarter 2010) through December 2013 (fourth quarter 2013) when available. The measure collection dates related to these database updates are listed directly on the report. 

Please note that this analysis evaluates performance scores for ALL hospitals included in CMS' Hospital Compare database regardless of estimated Value-Based...
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