As consumer-driven health plans gain momentum
among employers, educated and informed employees are key to their
success. A new joint initiative announced by the American Hospital
Association, Federation of American Hospitals, Association of Medical
Colleges and other industry groups aims to give consumers detailed
hospital information that will allow them to compare hospital performance
based on quality-of-care indicators.
The program asks hospitals to voluntarily report
data on 10 quality measures for acute heart attacks, congestive heart
failure and pneumonia. The reports will initially track procedures (such
as how often pneumococcal vaccines are administered) rather than patient
outcomes, such as mortality rates. However, John Rother, policy director
for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), says the
organization will push to add outcomes measurements to the project.
"Consumers are going to want to know who's getting well and who isn't, at
a particular institution".
Beginning next summer, the data will be released
as quality report cards and posted on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid
Services Web site
www.cms.hhs.gov As part
of the initiative, the CMS Web site will also feature results from a
patient discharge survey to reveal patient experiences at various
Source - Employee Benefit