Patients looking for more help in choosing providers that best fit their needs can now turn to new data on healthcare quality from CMS.
The care quality data provided by physician group practices, hospitals and accountable care organizations (ACOs) is available on the Medicare Web sites Physician Compare, Hospital Compare, and Data.Medicare.gov.
The information falls into these categories:
- Hospital Value-based Purchasing Program 2015 payment adjustments. The program, created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), shows how hospitals perform on key indicators of patient care, quality, efficiency and well-being, according to CMS. The program ties a portion of Medicare reimbursements to hospitals’ performance on certain quality of care measures, such as deaths within 30 days of heart attacks and patients’ care experience.
- Updated performance results on diabetes and cardiovascular care by some physician group practices and ACOs. Performance data on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures come from 139 group practices, 214 Shared Savings Program ACOs, and 23 Pioneer ACOs.
- Hospital performance results on hospital-acquired conditions (HAC), such as central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers and accidental punctures or lacerations. CMS has more information on HACs and its HAC Reduction Program here.
Beyond the benefits to consumers, the healthcare quality data motivates providers to work toward higher quality levels and drives overall improvement in healthcare systems, according to CMS.