About 500 respondents provided the CMS with comments on a proposed patient survey for a federal project to report hospital performance to consumers. Up for approval is a 32-question survey, including eight demographic questions, proposed as a common way to gather comparable information from all hospitals participating in the voluntary project. The comments received by the Feb. 5 deadline include a proposal for a hybrid of a self-contained new questionnaire and commercial versions of patient surveys now used by many hospitals, said Richard Wade, spokesman for the American Hospital Association. In a Jan. 29 meeting with patient-survey vendors, AHA representatives agreed to back a plan that would incorporate a set of about 10 common questions into existing survey instruments, Wade said. A CMS spokesman said no timeline is set for deciding on the final product. -- by John Morrissey
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