HHS endorsed a new initiative spearheaded by the hospital industry to publish information on the quality of care at hospitals. Under the voluntary program, participating hospitals will allow quality improvement organizations to disclose hospital-specific outcomes of 10 quality measures related to heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. Arizona, Maryland and New York will be the first states to test the plan. American Hospital Association President Richard Davidson said the effort represents an unprecedented collaboration between hospital interest groups and federal regulators. Hospitals have expressed support for the project, although data collection could be formidable and the costs extensive, Davidson said. Several prominent healthcare groups joined the AHA in announcing and endorsing the initiative, including the Federation of American Hospitals, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The AFL-CIO and the AARP also voiced support. -- by Jeff Tieman
HHS backs industry's quality improvement plan
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