Psychiatric Care Quality Data Posted to CMS' Hospital Compare Site

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On Thursday, CMS for the first time posted quality data from the Medicare's Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program to the agency's Hospital Compare website, Modern Healthcare reports (Frank, Modern Healthcare, 4/17).

Background

In 2005, CMS began posting quality ratings for more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals on its Hospital Compare website.

The site first included data on adherence to basic clinical care guidelines and later expanded to include additional information, such as patient experience scores, readmission rates, mortality rates and complication rates. In December 2013, the website was updated to track measures under the heading of "timely and effective care" (iHealthBeat, 3/21).

Details of New Data

Last year, CMS delayed reporting requirements related to antipsychotic drugs because of problems with a data submission portal (AHA News, 4/17).

CMS said the Hospital Compare site now will include data on four quality measures collected from 1,753 inpatient psychiatric facilities from Oct. 1, 2012, through March 31, 2013. The data include the:

  • Hours patients spent in physical restraint and seclusion; and
  • Percentage of cases for which facilities created post-discharge continuing-care regimens and delivered such plans to the provider responsible for the next step of care.
In the release, Patrick Conway, CMS chief medical officer and deputy administrator for innovation and quality, said, "Offering a set of meaningful quality measures for psychiatric facilities will help consumers make informed decisions and will encourage quality improvement within the clinician community" (Modern Healthcare, 4/17).

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