CMS Administrator Tom Scully threatened to make hospital quality reporting mandatory if participation in a voluntary initiative backed by the hospital industry doesn't increase "significantly and soon." In a statement on the CMS Web site, Scully expressed gratitude to hospitals that have submitted data for publication but said federal officials "were extremely disappointed" at the level of participation so far. Without increased participation, Scully said, "We will have to consider Plan B," referring to mandatory reporting. The National Voluntary Hospital Reporting Initiative, launched by the American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals and the Association of American Medical Colleges, is one of several quality improvement projects supported by the CMS. At a news conference today, the provider organizations said 415 hospitals have submitted data on quality indicators for three conditions -- acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia -- in the first phase of the initiative. The data are available on the CMS' Web site. Find results online. -- by Tony Fong
Voluntary quality program not good enough: Scully
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